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Judith Crow — VP of Strategic Partnerships, SideFX Software


Judith Crow has seen both sides of the effects industry. After developing an enthusiasm for coding, she worked her way into Digital Domain, where she pioneered visual effects for Interview with the Vampire, Apollo 13, Titanic, and Fight Club. Then, she switched sides and took on a role with Houdini developer SideFX.

In this podcast, Judith talks about everything from her early days in community arts curation to how she got her foot in the door at Digital Domain and created visual effects for major Hollywood movies. She also discusses Houdini’s meteoric rise from particle-specialist to do-it-all VFX software, revealing some of its more interesting use-cases and plans for its future. 


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5:15 From community arts to computer graphics

10:31 Discovering the joy of coding CG

14:25 Getting into Digital Domain

20:49 Being a woman at DD in the 90s

23:49 “Apollo 13” and “Titanic”

28:45 Sliding into SideFX

33:14 Houdini takes off

37:53 How Houdini has changed

42:35 Solaris, USD — and beyond

48:11 Houdini’s strategic partnerships

52:01 Beyond VFX and into the metaverse

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: May 2, 2022.
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