As an inquiry into contemporary powerful digital tools, CMU students Alyssa Lee and Lukas Hermann explored the use of SideFX Houdini for their respective disciplines. Alyssa, a junior in the Bachelor’s of Computer Science and Art program, focused on animation and simulation, along with representation. Lukas, a third-year undergraduate in the School of Architecture, explored data visualization, form finding, and methods of 3D printing. Throughout the process, the two shared references, tips, and inspirations. As a result, the two now have a deeper understanding of workflows used by the professional VFX industry, and how they can be adapted to projects at scale. Lee and Hermann’s investigation was supported by Microgrant #2020-002 from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier.