Autodesk software behind ‘Best Visual Effects’ Academy Award Nominees

The five movies nominated for the “Best Visual Effects” Oscar have something fairly obvious in common: They all relied on special software to create the effects. Check out the various 3D tools from Autodesk that were used for each film.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Pre-visualization work for Rise of the Planet of the Apes was done in Canada by Image Engine and the groundbreaking visual effects were created by Weta Digital in New Zealand. Both visual effects studios used Autodesk Maya at the core of their creative pipelines.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’s lead visual effects houses ILM and Digital Domain used sophisticated animation techniques to humanize the transformer robots and display emotion through detailed facial animation.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    For the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise (and the first in 3D), UK-based visual effects houses Double Negative and MPC created an array of visual effects using a combination of Autodesk Maya, for animation and pre-visualization and Autodesk Mudbox for digital modeling
  • HUGO
    A lushly art-directed blend of detailed sets, miniatures, matte paintings and computer-generated visual effects all aiming to evoke the look of a 1930’s Paris film set, HUGO is a love letter to classic cinema and cinema history.
  • Real Steel
    Two main visual effects houses, Giant Studios (for pre-visualization) and Digital Domain (for the visual effects and animation work) collaborated on Real Steel and shared a toolset that relied upon Autodesk Maya and MotionBuilder to create realistic and thrilling action, and a believable and captivating robot-human relationship.

via Photos: Software Behind ‘Best Visual Effects’ Academy Award Nominees | Techland | TIME.com.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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