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Introduction to Ziva VFX: Volume 2

Soft-Tissue Simulation using Ziva VFX, Maya & Wrap 3D with Madhav Shyam


Following on from Introduction to Ziva VFX: Volume 1 , Madhav Shyam returns with the highly anticipated Volume 2, where he dives deeper into Ziva VFX to complete the build of the Sorceress character. Volume 2 covers Python scripting and shares how to edit zBuilder scripts to help speed up your workflow.

With the character complete, the workshop then focuses on a handful of specialized topics, including leveraging machine learning, alternative simulation techniques, and more extreme anatomy wrapping to help you reuse and modify existing setups.

This workshop is also helpful for more intermediate and advanced Ziva VFX users who are looking to increase the quality of their builds. Madhav uses the Sorceress Supreme model from Marcus Whinney by Marcus Whinney as the base; additionally, this volume utilizes Zeke the Lion from the Ziva VFX store, along with the Bison model from Nicolas Morel.

A number of project files are provided with this workshop to assist with following along with Madhav’s creation process.

Duration: 8h 50m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Madhav Shyam

Creature Supervisor at Ghost VFX

Madhav Shyam works as a Rigging Lead and Creature Supervisor at Ghost VFX in Copenhagen. He has at least seven years of experience working in the industry, during which time, he’s amounted a wealth of knowledge in Rigging, Animation, and Creature FX (CFX). 

These days, his primary focus is on the development of creatures in a production environment. Over the years, he’s had the opportunity of working on multiple feature films including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Troll, Slumberland, and 65. He was also credited by The Academy for the Emmy Award-winning work done on Star Trek: Discovery in 2021 for best Visual Effects, and for The Dragon Prince in 2020 for Outstanding Children’s Animated Series.

Madhav started his journey in Visual Effects and Animation from Bangalore, India, in 2012. Through the past decade-plus, he’s lived in 3 different continents while chasing his career dreams!

Follow Madhav on Instagram @monsterlab1994.