Spencer Lueders is currently a Senior FX Technical Director at Sony Imageworks. Prior to this, Spencer worked as a Senior FX Technical Director at Rhythm & Hues on Life Of Pi and Framestore New York as an FX Lead for feature films, creating effects and tools as well as working on high profile commercials.
In 2004, Spencer graduated with an MA in Digital Effects from Bournemouth University in the UK which is where he was first introduced to Houdini. His interest in visual effects began in the late 90’s learning 3d Studio Max after studying computer science and graphic design at the University Of Missouri.
Spencer has received two Visual Effects Society nominations in 2009 and 2010 for his work on FedEx Pigeon Super Bowl Commercial, and Pepsi Penguin. He has contributed work on 2013 Visual Effects Oscar winner, Life Of Pi, two other VES nominated credits as well as a Prime Time Emmy nominated spot.
While working at Framestore, Spencer developed and taught an 'Intro To Effects with Houdini' course at the School Of Visual Arts in New York focusing on teaching students fundamental principles and concepts of visual effects using Houdini.
“ I recommend this exercise to anyone who wants to discover Houdini with a professional. It was perfect for me. ”
“ Paid for the course with the first job using Houdini, will pay for Houdini with the next one... ”
“ What I loved the most was the way Spencer managed to present this rather complex material in a way that was easy to follow and understand, even for not so technical minded people like me...We were taught by an awesome mentor ”
“ Spencer is a great instructor, who leads you into the rabbit holes of Houdini with an advanced level of technical complexity, but very motivating results. A fantastic course! I learned a lot! ”