Introduction to MASH for Maya

Learn to create dynamic simulations with MASH for Maya
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Learn the different nodes that MASH has to offer
Learn how to simulate dynamic simulations with MASH
Learn how to render simulations with Arnold Renderer
Complete a final assignment with the skills learnt in the course


  • Basic understanding of navigation in Maya is needed as well as an installation of Maya 2017 or onwards


MASH is a very powerful Motion Graphics and Visual Effects plugin that now ships with Maya. It is a procedural system that allows you to create complex simulations and animations with an easy-to-use interface.

The simulations that MASH can produce are insane and when paired with the Arnold Renderer which now also ships with Maya you can get some fantastic results!

The only pre-requisite to this course is a basic understanding of navigating Maya. The rest I will teach you from the ground up across 5 different exercises. You will also need an installation of Maya from 2017 onwards.

In this course I will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques that you need to get started in MASH. I will run through the nodes and utilities that I use most frequently within my MASH workflow which will prepare you to be able create unique procedural simulations.

Course outline

Lesson 1 - Know the Nodes (An introduction to the most frequently used nodes in MASH)

Lesson 2 - Rendering our simulation (A walkthrough of the best practices for rendering MASH simulations with Arnold)

Lesson 3 - Dynamics (An introduction to the Dynamics node and the accompanying Bullet Solver)

Lesson 4 - Using Custom paths (This lesson will take a look at the curve node and how we can build our own custom paths for MASH)

Lesson 5 - Dynamics Part 2 (This lesson will take a more advanced look into MASH dynamics and how we can have two different MASH networks interacting with one another)

Lesson 6 - Disintegrating Text (Learn how to disintegrate a mesh with MASH)

Project Task (Assignment) – (This lesson will walk you through the final assignment that you have been tasked with, summarising the skills and techniques learnt in this course)

The course will finish with a really fun assignment where you will have the option to practice the skills that you have learnt in this course! I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys create so please upload your work!

For the Class project, please see a detailed outline in 'Project Task (Assignment)'.

You will be creating animated avatars, the like of which can be found in 'Major Lazers - Light it up' music video.

For further details please see a detailed outline in Project Task (Assignment)

I hope you enjoy this course as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners to MASH for Maya


Passionate Motion Graphics and VFX Lecturer
Jonathon Parker
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My name is Jonathon Parker, a Motion Graphics and Visual Effects lecturer from the UK.


Firstly, a little background about me! I have always been the creative type and always strive to improve and push my creative skills further and further.


As stated above I am already teaching in the UK as a Motion Graphics and VFX lecturer – The difference with my courses will be the fact that they come from an educator, not someone doing this just in their spare time! All my courses focus on teaching and assessment. I will teach you a few skills and then set you an assignment to check that those skills have been learnt. I also see the importance of generating handouts and resources for the student, so I have included these in my courses also!


I have a First-Class BA (HONS) in Visual Effects and motion graphics, and also a Masters in Animation. After working a few years in industry, I would occasionally guest lecture at the college I used to attend. After doing this I decided to go into teaching full time where I achieved my teaching qualification.


Now that I am here on Udemy I hope to further spread my extensive knowledge through my teaching practice! Check out the social media links on my profile and get involved!

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