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
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.