MONTREAL, June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Catwoman, Spider-Man 2 and
Around the World in 80 Days are just a few of this summer's feature films
created using tools from Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK).
Major film studios and post-production facilities relied on Discreet's visual
effects, colour grading and 3D animation systems and software to deliver
mesmerising motion graphics that catapult viewers into fantasy worlds.
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Among the summer feature films shaped by Discreet clients using Discreet
systems and software are: Around the World in 80 Days (Rhythm & Hues,
Cinesite), A Cinderella Story (Digital Dimension), Catwoman (Frantic Films),
Spider-Man 2 (Zoic Studios), The Bourne Supremacy (Industrial Light & Magic),
Exorcist: The Beginning (Digital Dimension), King Arthur (Cinesite), Garfield
(Rhythm & Hues), The Chronicles of Riddick (Rhythm & Hues), Harry Potter and
the Prisoner of Azkaban (Industrial Light & Magic, Cinesite), Troy (Cinesite),
Van Helsing (Industrial Light & Magic), and The Day After Tomorrow (Dreamscape
Imagery Inc., Industrial Light & Magic, Ring of Fire Studios, The Orphanage,
Digital Domain, Zoic Studios).
Zoic Studios used Dicreet's visual effects flame(R) system and
combustion(R) software for multiple wire and rig removals in Spider-Man 2, in
theatres June 30, 2004. Steve Meyer, Zoic Studios' senior compositor said, "On
Spider-Man 2, the use of flame and combustion's paint, tracking and warping
tools often allowed us to completely clean the rigs out of a scene. For more
difficult shots, elements were recreated, and then composited back into the
scene using flame." Already the owner of three Discreet flame systems, Zoic
Studios recently added 10 combustion workstations, and is benefiting from the
compatibility between Discreet products.
Additionally, the Spider-Man 2 game, which will be released by publisher
Activision on the movie's opening day, was developed by TreyArch using
Discreet's 3ds max(R) animation software.
Rhythm & Hues produced more than 500 live-action shots for Garfield. The
work included creating computer-generated fur, and texturing and animating the
main character -- Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray). According to Rhythm & Hues
visual effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, "We took advantage of Discreet's
inferno(R) system in the 3000-frame opening shot that shows Garfield growing
up in stages through photographs. With the quick turnaround that inferno gave
us, we were able to integrate the scanned photos into the motion picture
photography, create virtual reflections to simulate the pictures in glass
frames, and then show different versions to the creative team in the timeframe
Rhythm & Hues also used Discreet's inferno system for some key scenes in
the 50 shots it created for Around the World in 80 Days, a film based on the
novel by Jules Verne and starring Jackie Chan. The inferno system was used to
integrate period vehicles with computer-generated and live-action air and
water plates. Derek Spears, the film's visual effects supervisor, noted, "We
used Discreet's inferno system for the big steamship at sea sequence as well
as the flying machine. We chose inferno because of its interactivity in
complex scenes." UK-based post house Cinesite also used the inferno system on
10 shots for Around the World in 80 Days.
Rhythm & Hues produced more than 130 shots for The Chronicles of Riddick,
starring Vin Diesel as a hunted man caught in the middle of a galactic war.
Rhythm & Hues used the inferno system to create the wispy cloud formations
dubbed "sky tendrils" in a series of 15 shots. Visual effects supervisor Mike
Wassel observed that the inferno system's toolset "was particularly well
suited to animating the tendrils."
Digital Dimension completed 50 shots for A Cinderella Story, including the
opening shot that is 100 percent computer-generated. Benoit Girard, president
and CEO at Digital Dimension, said, "3ds max software's flexibility and tight
connection with mental ray(R) allowed us to write our own shaders, and
increase productivity and realism." mental ray, a ray-tracing and scanline
rendering package, is available as an integrated rendering solution within
Discreet's 3ds max animation software.
Frantic Films provided more than 250 pre-visualisation (pre-viz) shots and
63 post-production shots for Warner Bros.' Catwoman with Discreet's 3ds max
animation software. Chad Wiebe, pre-viz supervisor at Frantic Films, said,
"What impressed me most about Discreet's 3ds max software was its ability to
model, animate and render upwards of 250 shots in less than a week, as was
necessary for pre-viz production on Catwoman. 3ds max's scanline renderer
enabled us to render numerous shots on a daily basis, ensuring a quick
turnaround and prompt feedback from the director."
3ds max software was also used by Digital Dimension on 80 shots for
Exorcist: The Beginning, in which a priest leads an archeological excavation
of a mysterious Byzantine church and confronts evil.
Digital colourist Peter Doyle digitally graded both Catwoman and Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with Colorfront technology that forms the
foundation of Discreet's lustre(R) colour grading system. Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban is the third installment of the Harry Potter novels by J.K.
Rowling. In the film, boy wizard Harry must protect himself from serial
murderer Sirius Black. Post-production house Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
used Discreet's inferno system, as part of SABRE, to suck Harry's soul out of
his body in the opening train scene.
ILM's compositing sequence supervisor Dean Yurke said, "The opening train
scene required 61 takes to perfect. The movements of Harry's body as his soul
is being sucked were designed with the inferno system's 3D geometry, cone
vortex, particle and displacement mapping tools. Using the inferno system as
part of SABRE let us create the 'extreme' look that helps make Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban the scariest of the three Harry Potter films."
Cinesite also used Discreet's inferno system for 13 of the film's shots.
ILM also worked on 507 shots for Van Helsing -- a film about Gabriel Van
Helsing (actor Hugh Jackman), who must rid the world of evil creatures like
Dracula. Discreet's inferno and flame systems are an integral part of ILM's
proprietary SABRE visual effects and compositing system, and were used on 170
shots, including the scene in which Van Helsing walks through a mirror portal
in Dracula's castle. As Van Helsing penetrates the mirror, it crystallizes and
wraps around his body.
Said Alex Tropiec, SABRE artist at ILM, "The toolset in Discreet's inferno
system allowed us to quickly and cost effectively deliver the scene. We knew
we needed to craft a unique visual, but we weren't nailed down to a specific
concept. inferno allowed us to experiment. Ultimately, inferno is an artist's
tool -- you can materialize your vision at lightning speed, and what you see
while building the shot is what you get when you render it."
ILM also applied the inferno system's paint, touch-up and morphing tools
in fight scenes between Dracula and Van Helsing. During the fights, Van
Helsing morphed between human and werewolf forms depending on the position of
computer-generated cloudbanks over the moon.
"Whether it's bringing a favorite comic book character to life, or turning
the world into an arctic wasteland, today's digital artists are pushing the
boundaries between imagination and digital reality harder then ever before,"
said Martin Vann, vice president of sales and marketing for Discreet. "As a
result, more of a studio production's revenue is being generated from
digitally created assets: from the movie itself to after-market distribution
such as DVDs and TV distribution. Discreet solutions play a critical role in
empowering our clients to create and modify massive amounts of digital media,
while enabling creativity and ensuring longevity of the production asset."
Discreet empowers media professionals to realise the visual experience and
transform their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Discreet's
award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management
and delivery-across all disciplines from film and television visual effects,
colour grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive,
and design visualisation. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a
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