Eleventh Consecutive Year that Autodesk Clients Win Best Visual Effects
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) congratulates visual effects facility Weta Digital, which
crafted champion visual effects for the Oscar-winning film King Kong.
Autodesk also congratulates Industrial Light & Magic and Sony Pictures
Imageworks for shaping the Visual Effects category nominated films The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and War of the
Worlds. For the eleventh consecutive year, Autodesk technology was used to
realize winning visual effect ideas for films in this category. In addition,
Autodesk's Discreet Lustre system was used to digitally color grade
Oscar-winning films in the Visual Effects, Documentary Feature and Foreign
Weta Digital used the Discreet Lustre system to help create the
distinctive look and feel of King Kong. "Autodesk's Discreet Lustre system
was part of the entire visual effects color grading process while making King
Kong. We used it to grade at the front end before the computer-generated
elements were added, and also at the very end of our pipeline to grade the
final images," explained Joe Letteri, senior visual effects supervisor at Weta
Digital. "As the elements came in, the Discreet Lustre system helped us work
out the look for complex environments like Skull Island and 1933 New York."
Digital color grading is the process of altering or enhancing the colors in a
movie using scanned copies of the original film.
For War of the Worlds, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) used Autodesk Maya
3D animation software, Autodesk's Discreet Inferno and Discreet Flame visual
effects systems, and Autodesk Burn background processing solution as part of
ILM's proprietary SABRE visual effects system. ILM used the SABRE system to
realize various concept-based effects in War of the Worlds, including the
warring aliens and their Tripods -- which were crafted using Autodesk Maya
software, as well as the Tripods' organic heat ray -- created in the Discreet
Inferno system's 3D environment. The Discreet Inferno system was also used on
the film's "Fleeing the Neighborhood" scene, in which Tom Cruise attempts to
drive his family out of the city while destruction looms around them.
Sony Pictures Imageworks used Autodesk Maya software, as well as the
Discreet Flame system and Autodesk Burn software, to reach new creative
heights for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Autodesk Maya software was used to craft many of the film's talking animals,
such as 3D wolves, beavers and foxes, as well as some of the film's mythical
creatures such as Mr. Tumnus, a faun (half man, half goat). The Discreet
Flame system was also used to create the right look for other magical elements
in the film such as the White Witch's stone victims.
Furthermore, Autodesk's Discreet Inferno and Discreet Flame systems were
used on the film as part of ILM's proprietary SABRE visual effects system. For
the coronation sequence, in which Aslan and the children walked down an ornate
hall lined with crowds of creatures, the SABRE system was instrumental in
creating a believable scene involving the compositing of several hundred
Autodesk technology was also used to shape Oscar-winning and
Oscar-nominated films in the following categories:
- Animated Short Film: Autodesk products touched three of the five
nominated films. Shane Acker used Autodesk Maya 3D animation
software for modeling, lighting and rendering work on his film 9.
Anthony Lucas of 3-D Films used Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and
Autodesk Combustion software to create the nominated film The
Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper and Morello.
Two-dimensional film Badgered was conformed and onlined by John
Rowe, head of digital post-production at the National Film and
Television School in London, using Autodesk's Discreet Flame system.
- Documentary Feature: Autodesk's Discreet Lustre system was used by
Eclair Laboratoires to digitally color grade the Oscar-winning
documentary feature March of the Penguins.
- Foreign Film: Post-production facility The Video Lab used Autodesk's
Discreet Lustre system to digitally color grade the Oscar-winning
Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned
into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading
software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure,
wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's
solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital
assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive
advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and
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