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Introduction to Ziva VFX: Volume 1

Soft Tissue Simulation Using Ziva VFX, Maya & Wrap3D With Madhav Shyam


Learn the basics of Ziva VFX with a focus on building deformation rigs and developing workflow practices to help you quickly create production-ready creatures and characters. Instructor Madhav Shyam, Creature Supervisor at Ghost VFX, covers all the essential aspects of modeling, rigging and animation that you need to know to create realistic results.

With the modeling basics covered, Madhav dives into building an arm simulation rig from scratch. For this exercise, he uses the Sorceress Supreme model from Marcus Whinney as the base. The focus then shifts briefly to utilizing Python scripting in Maya to assist with the builds, before jumping into the final segment of the workshop: wrapping the asset and simulating the tissue. Using Ziva’s anatomy transfer tool, Madhav teaches how you can quickly morph their free assets into your own custom characters.

This workshop aims to teach all the necessary skills you need to build a production-ready Ziva simulation rig. In addition to the Sorceress Supreme model by Marcus Whinney, Madhav also uses the free Mr. Ink asset available from the Ziva store to those with an active Ziva VFX license.

Continue watching Introduction to Ziva VFX: Volume 2 and dive deeper into soft-tissue simulation to complete the build of the Sorceress character.

Duration: 7h 55m

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.