SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 5, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that visual effects studio Double Negative
turned to Autodesk technology in order to deliver stunning computer-generated
imagery for the new thriller The Da Vinci Code. From car crashes to elaborate
tombs, Double Negative used Autodesk Maya 3D animation software to realize
creative ideas for 80 of the film's shots.
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Steve Garrad, visual effects producer at London-based Double Negative,
summarized the company's use of Autodesk Maya: "Double Negative worked on The
Da Vinci Code for 10 months with Autodesk Maya software. The Maya software's
3D animation, modeling and rendering capabilities enabled us to pre-visualize
and enhance scenes, as well as create entire scenes in the post-production
process. Many of the shots we delivered would have been impossible to craft
Director Ron Howard's film is based on The Da Vinci Code novel by Dan
Brown. The story follows the main characters -- Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and
Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) -- on their quest to discover a religious
mystery. Double Negative's Garrad described one of the film's key shots, in
which Silas the monk is driving: "The car in the first half of the shot was
computer-generated and a real car was used for the second half of the shot.
The computer-generated car matched the real car perfectly frame-by-frame. This
was due to the talent of Lead CG Artist James Benson here at Double Negative,
as well as Autodesk Maya software."
In addition, Maya helped depict the main characters' memories. Robert
Langdon has an extraordinarily detailed and vivid recollection of past events.
As well, Sophie Neveu has a horrific memory of her parents dying in a car
accident. 3D elements were created in Maya and added to 2D imagery to create a
shocking visualization of this memory.
Jesper Kjolsrud, CG supervisor at Double Negative, discussed the role of
Maya as a pre-visualization tool: "In The Da Vinci Code, the reveal of Mary's
sarcophagus is a good example where Autodesk Maya became the backbone of a
shot. The shot was first pre-visualized in Maya. Camera movement was then
programmed onto a motion control green screen plate of the sarcophagus, using
Maya. Maya was also used to pre-visualize the Newton's tomb sequence."
Double Negative is currently using Autodesk Maya on a number of projects,
including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Reaping, 10,000 BC,
Stardust, Children of Men, Penelope and The Magic Flute.
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, 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 maximizing profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
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(C) 2006 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved
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