Your project guide to creating realistic earth, wind, fire, and water effects in Maya Maya Studio Projects DynamicsTodd PalamarStart from scratch and move mountainsIf you want to create the spectacular visual effects you see in movies, this unique, professional-level book is exactly whatyou need. Packed with step-by-step instruction, it first dissects earth, wind, fire, and water into their basic elements--thenshows you how to use Maya's powerful dynamics tools to simulate or upend nature with breathtaking results.The best part is that you'll learn by doing. Start from scratch--the way studio professionals do--and create fully rendered resultsin a series of projects that increase in complexity as you go. See how air moves inside a real tornado, then simulate a twister on arampage. Learn fluid dynamics, then explode a gas station. It's all here and more in this no-nonsense guide.Complete a series of projects and thoroughly master Maya dynamicsLearn professional-level techniques undocumented elsewhereTap Newton's Law and Maya's Fields/Newton to make satellites orbit around planetsExplore fluid dynamics and Maya fluid effects and design a sunCombine different simulation systems such as fluid effects, nCloth, and hair to destroy objectsCreate volcanoes, tornadoes, explosions, comets, floods, and moreSimulate natural phenomena, then twist reality into fascinating resultsValuable Companion Dvd Find starter, intermediate, and final Maya scene files for every project in the book on the DVD. You'll also find strikingvideo examples to inspire you. (You must have Maya 2010 or Maya 2009 Unlimited to use the files on the DVD.) In the world of animation the ability to create realistic water, wind and fire effects is key. This guide teaches you the primary techniques you need to make the most of Maya's toolkit, so you'll soon be creating water that ripples, gusting winds and gentle breezes, and flickering fires the way Hollywood pros do.