Numerous Films Created With Autodesk Solutions
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) congratulates Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Animal Logic
for their Academy Award-winning work in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's
Chest and Happy Feet, respectively. Autodesk also congratulates ILM, LOLA VFX,
Hydraulx, LaserPacific Media Corporation and Blue Sky Studios for their work
on the Academy Award-nominated films Poseidon, The Black Dahlia and No Time
for Nuts. From visualizing early concepts to finishing and color timing the
final pixels, artists rely on Autodesk solutions to achieve their creative
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"Congratulations to all the artists who won an Academy Award or were
nominated for their stunning work. We salute you," said Marc Petit, Autodesk's
Media & Entertainment vice president. "At Autodesk Media & Entertainment,
we're dedicated to engineering the best digital tools for filmmaking. We are
honored that so many of the nominees and winners trusted our technology."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
For the Best Visual Effects Academy Award-winning film Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, artists at ILM used the Autodesk Inferno system,
as part of the SABRE visual effects system, to transport movie-goers into the
wayward world of Captain Jack Sparrow. In one of the scenes shaped with
Inferno, Will Turner and the crew of the Black Pearl are held captive in a
cage made of bones. The system was used to composite shots of the actors
filmed against a blue screen together with a water plate and a digital matte
cliff, as well as to add birds, mist and foot bridges to the scene.
For birds-eye-view shots of the port and island, digital artists at ILM
used Inferno to remove modern cues such as phone poles and motor boats from
the filmed footage, as well as to composite a digital matte of the village.
The pirate Ragetti's wooden eye and empty eye socket were also created in
Inferno. The system was used to give the eye a dry wooden texture, as well as
to light and animate it.
Furthermore, artists at ILM rigged both Davy Jones and the Kraken sea
creature's tentacles in Autodesk Maya 3D animation, modeling and rendering
software. ILM relied on its proprietary software "Hero" to animate the flowing
movement of Davy Jones' tentacles, while Maya was used to animate more
specific movements, such as holding a key.
Australia-based Animal Logic relied on Maya to complete approximately 800
shots for the Academy Award-winning animated feature film Happy Feet. Maya was
used to form the facility's complete rendering and lighting pipeline. Rhythm &
Hues completed additional animation for the film. Maya was used to adapt
Animal Logic's 3D models for use in Rhythm & Hues' proprietary pipeline.
ILM used Maya to create 140 shots for the Best Visual Effects Academy
Award-nominated film Poseidon. The movie is a remake of the 1972 classic film
about an 1100-foot-long luxury cruise liner that is capsized by a 200-foot
wave. Due to the size of the ship and the level of detail desired, the cruise
liner was computer-generated and modeled in pieces. In total, Maya was used to
model 181,579 renderable pieces that were then fit together to create the
LOLA VFX also worked on 85 shots for Poseidon using the Autodesk Inferno
and Autodesk Flame visual effects systems. The facility's sister studio,
Hydraulx, helped shape the film as well, delivering 65 shots created with
Inferno, Flame, Maya, Autodesk Combustion desktop compositing software and
Autodesk Burn background rendering software.
The Black Dahlia
LaserPacific Media Corporation used the Autodesk Lustre digital color
grading system to realize a unique look for the Best Cinematography
Oscar-nominated movie The Black Dahlia. Colorist Mike Sowa used the system to
finalize the film noir feel that had been envisioned by Oscar-winning
cinematographer Vilmos Szigmond, ASC.
"I used Autodesk Lustre to add more saturation to the shot footage, as
well as to create depth with color and contrast," explained Sowa. "For
example, Scarlett Johansson's character was always white and illuminated;
while Hilary Swank's dark character was always shown in shadows. The Lustre
shape system and rotoscoping capabilities gave me a lot of freedom to play
with the shadows in the film until we achieved what Vilmos Zsigmond was
No Time for Nuts
Blue Sky Studios created the Oscar-nominated animated short film No Time
for Nuts with Autodesk Maya. The software was used for pre-visualization,
modeling, rigging, layout, animation and some visual effects work. The
facility also used Flame for compositing and paint touch-up work.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest
portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers
experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on
Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
NOTE: Autodesk, AutoCAD, Burn, Combustion, Flame, Inferno, Lustre and
Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc./Autodesk Canada
Co., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award and Oscar registered
trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand
names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at
any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical
errors that may appear in this document.
Contact: Brittany Bonhomme, 514-954-7419
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