Go from Beginner to Pro at Running Realistic 3D Liquid Simulations

Liquid simulations are much simpler to make than they seem. In fact, just a few lessons into this course, you’ll feel comfortable running beautiful 3D water simulations that are sure to blow your clients’ minds, make a splash on Instagram & give a high-end feel to your reel. Liquid sims are used by big players like Apple in their launch trailers, to showcase waterproof ability & other extremely cool effects. You can immediately take this practical knowledge and apply it to your work, whether it’s a fountain for Archviz, water-resistance for Productviz or a slow-motion water splash for a soda commercial. I’ve used these effects to attract high-end clients and charge thousands of dollars per project & I’m teaching it all in this value-packed course.


Why I Made This Course

In a sense, I made this course for my 2016 self, a guy who just opened Phoenix for the first time, overwhelmed, and having no idea how I was ever going to make something presentable with the software. Fast forward to right now, and my work is regularly featured by Chaos Group – company that makes Phoenix, and setting up liquid sims is completely second nature to me. And that’s what I want to do for you with this course.

“When I stumbled upon RedefineFX it was like a dream come true. I could start implementing what I learned in my work immediately and was able to wow my friends and take client work to that next level like I wanted to.”

– Genesis Williams

Variety of Real-World Scenarios Covered

Each example will teach you something new. By the end of this course, you’ll have the skills to put your own spin on these and build your own liquid FX shots.

All Project Files Included

The project files for all shown effects are included with the course. All you have to do is import your own 3D model and hit “Start Simulation” and get a finished effect that you can immediately use on paid client work, all good with me.

Your Instructor

Jesse Pitela is a Certified Phoenix FD Instructor, a Los Angeles-based CGI studio owner & award-winning VFX artist. His work has been showcased by every major computer-graphics website in the world, including CGSociety and Autodesk. He has extensive experience working with established VFX studios such as Resistance VFX, Chariotdrive & Riotmaker & his studio has created visuals for global clientele including Cristiano Ronaldo’s ROC, Western Digital, Shutterstock, and many others.

“Jesse is doing an absolutely outstanding job teaching all aspects of Phoenix FD”

– Svetlin Nikolov, Lead Phoenix FD Developer, Chaos group

What Students Say

“Jesse’s concise and orderly way of teaching makes you learn very fast. He makes what seems difficult easy. I also appreciate the attention you give us through social networks to answer questions, always ready to help.”

Raul Cano Gomez, RedefineFX enrolled student

Bonus Lessons

1: Cascade Simulation with Multiple Grids
2: Hot Water with Steam (smoke simulation emitted from liquid)
3: Cloud Rendering with Chaos Cloud
4: Caustics
liquid simulation caustics

This skillset is highly valuable. It’s unique. And it’s in demand.

The potential return on investment (ROI) of this course is astronomical. For a small investment into your future you’ll have the skills to earn thousands of dollars per project. It’s VERY doable, If I could learn how to do this stuff, so can you. This course will get you going faster than you think. You can literally take what I’m teaching you and use it to book jobs worth 10-100x the price of this course

Enroll in Course for $247

Go from absolute Beginner to PRO at setting up beautiful liquid sims

15+ liquid FX projects

Step-by-step guidance

Project files included

Fully Edited Lessons (no fluff)

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Got questions?

When does the course start and finish?

This is a completely self-paced online course. I’ve made the lessons bite-sized so you can make progress every day without feeling overwhelmed.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

I haven't upgraded to Phoenix FD 4 yet, can I still follow?

Great question. The answer is YES, this entire course is backwards compatible all the way to Phoenix FD 3.0 – just be aware that older versions might produce slightly different looking results.

Do I need a high-end PC to make these effects?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a high-end PC to run liquid simulations. A standard quad core machine with at least 16GB ram will be sufficient.

Are the project files included?

Yes. All of the project files are included so you can just open the file and look at my settings if at any point you’re stuck. Or you can just straight up use them for commercial work. All good with me.

I use Maya, can I still follow?

Phoenix FD is available for both Maya and 3Ds Max. While this course is entirely 3Ds Max based, the general techniques and settings remain the same for both versions, and you can still follow in Maya.

What software do I need?

3Ds Max (free trial available), Phoenix FD (free trial available) and Vray (free trial available)

I'm completely new to all this, can I still follow?

Absolutely. This course is made with absolute beginners in mind and will get you going in no time.

Can I get an Invoice? (for my boss, taxes etc.)

Yes. You will automatically receive a receipt upon enrolling. If not, please email us through Teachable and we’ll send it to you.

Can I watch this on my phone?

Yes. Just download the Teachable app.