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Autodesk Tools Build Pipelines for Oscar Winners and Nominees
VFX
Written by Adriene Hurst   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 17:14
Autodesk congratulates VFX artists who have created transformations, action Autodesk-academy-1
sequences, CG assets and water and crowd simulations for Academy Award
winning films this year using their software.
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The company is marking the 16th consecutive year that Autodesk Digital Entertainment Creation tools were used on a movie winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. For this year's winner 'Inception', Double Negative, the sole visual effects house and British Academy of Film and Television Arts winner, helped create a visual landscape where dreams and reality blend into a complex story. Double Negative used an arsenal of VFX tools to fold an entire city block in Paris in on itself, erect expanses of modernist buildings and crumble dilapidated architecture into the sea.

Alice in Wonderland, an Academy Award Nominee, involved CG characters interacting with a cast of live-action performers, many of whom are digitally stretched, pinched and distorted to appear very different from their real-life counterparts. Sony Pictures Imageworks, the primary facility on the project, made use of Autodesk Maya, Mudbox and Flame software. The Third Floor also relied on Maya and MotionBuilder software to create the 263-shot detailed previsualization for the project.

ILM, handling 527 visual effects shots for 'Iron Man 2', another nominee, created Iron Man's suits and spectacular action sequences with the help of Maya and Flame. ILM's animation director Marc Chu said his team used Maya's opened ended platform to customize and create new tools for animating the Iron Man and War Machine assets. The Third Floor created previsualization for 700 shots on this movie also, again with Autodesk software.

VFX work on Award Nominee 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' was divided among several teams of artists from MPC, Framestore, Baseblack, Cinesite, Double Negative, Rising Sun Pictures and others, each focussing on creatures, characters and effects to populate the Hogwarts' world, such as Deatheaters, Dementors, character transformations, digital doubles, fire and battles. Baseblack Executive Producer Stephen Elson said, “Eighty of our shots involved 3D content and Maya was the backbone of our pipeline in every case.”

'Hereafter' opens with a reenactment of the tsunami that destroyed a part of the Thai coastline in 2004, earning Scanline VFX an Oscar nomination for their photorealistic CG water sequence. the team used 3ds Max for modelling, animation, rigging, cloth and hair simulation. All water and fire simulations were created by its proprietary fluid simulation system, Flowline, which is integrated with 3ds Max and V-Ray for rendering. For crowd simulations with motion capture, Scanline used MotionBuilder.

Autodesk products was also supporting the VFX and animation pipelines of Oscar-winning and Academy Award-nominated films in the Best Animated Short Film category including the winner 'The Lost Thing' and nominee 'The Gruffalo' and in  the Achievement in Cinematography category on nominees 'Black Swan' and 'True Grit'. www.autodesk.com
 

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