NewTek Software Helps Foundation Imaging Take Hollywood by Storm

Foundation Imaging Depends on NewTek Products

To Deliver the Highest Quality, on Time and on Budget



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from NewTek

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB (National
 Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- Anyone who has skimmed the TV
 channels lately has no doubt come across computer graphic (CG) effects
 produced by Foundation Imaging.  And if you've seen Foundation Imaging's
 handiwork, it's a good bet you've seen direct evidence of NewTek software at
 work.
     "Name a NewTek product, and we've probably used it," said Steve Pugh,
 general manager of Foundation Imaging.
     Among Foundation Imaging's recent projects are Star Trek: Voyager
 (wrapping in May 2001); 20 episodes of Max Steel for the Kids' WB network; 20
 episodes of Dan Dare, another all-CG show; 40 minutes of cinematic cutscenes
 for Sony's Playstation II game "Twisted Metal: Black"; two on-air promos for
 the Sci-Fi network's "I Am Sci-Fi" campaign, one featuring Moby and one
 featuring Tony Hawk; and two as-yet-unnamed creature flicks due to air later
 this year.
     Previously, Foundation Imaging has used LightWave 3D in its work on the TV
 series Starship Troopers: Bug Wars, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and
 Saban's Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog and in the feature films The Jackal,
 Contact and Batman: Subzero.
     "As LightWave 3D users since the 1.0 version, we qualify as devoted
 users," Pugh said.  "We chose LightWave 3D because it's got a gorgeous
 renderer, and the latest version of the software put some incredible animation
 tools into the mix.  In particular, the UV Mapping and Vertex maps have given
 our character modelers a lot more power, and the models they're creating show
 it!
     "We make extensive use of LightWave 3D for character animation and for
 integration of motion capture, especially for the episodic shows.  As an
 example, we've used practically every available feature of LightWave 3D for
 Star Trek: Voyager, even including some nice use of the LW_Baker plug-in to
 render up a set with radiosity, then animate a long shot with nice and short
 render times," he said.
     Apart from the sheer quality possible with NewTek software, Foundation
 Imaging also counts on the software's flexibility, speed and ease of use.
     "Our use of NewTek software really comes down to the artists," said Pugh.
 "For example, LightWave 3D has the flexibility to let them use various
 techniques to get the results they need.  Sure, we could do many of the same
 effects with another tool - but for double the time and double the money.
     "As a production facility, it's imperative that we be able to work on a
 multitude of projects, often simultaneously.  LightWave 3D lets us generate a
 phenomenal amount of content on the tight schedules demanded by all-CG
 episodic television, and it also lets my artists produce award-winning
 animations of incredible beauty for films and commercial clients.  If that
 doesn't make it a brain-searingly useful package, I don't know what does."
 
     About Foundation Imaging
     Foundation Imaging was formed in 1992 by Ron Thornton and Paul Bryant, two
 Emmy Award-winning visual effects artists.  Since its inception, the company
 has created visual effects for movies (Contact and The Jackal), television
 series (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Beetleborgs: Metallix and
 The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog), home entertainment (Batman vs. Mr. Freeze:
 Sub-Zero for Warner Bros. Home Video) and themed entertainment attractions
 (Star Trek: The Experience for the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel).
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools. NewTek
 launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the
 legendary Video Toaster. The company's products are now used worldwide on
 projects ranging from home video, broadcast television and feature films.
 Recent film and television projects using NewTek software include Charlie's
 Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie,
 Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, the latest James Bond film: Bond 19 "The
 World Is not Enough, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Voyager, Star
 Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.  Recent game
 titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Torment, HALO and Kiss Psycho Circus.
 Phone: 210-370-8000, fax: 210-370-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.videotoaster.com .
 
     Video Toaster, Aura and LightWave 3D, are trademark of NewTek.  All other
 products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders.
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- NAB (National
 Association of Broadcasters) Conference -- Anyone who has skimmed the TV
 channels lately has no doubt come across computer graphic (CG) effects
 produced by Foundation Imaging.  And if you've seen Foundation Imaging's
 handiwork, it's a good bet you've seen direct evidence of NewTek software at
 work.
     "Name a NewTek product, and we've probably used it," said Steve Pugh,
 general manager of Foundation Imaging.
     Among Foundation Imaging's recent projects are Star Trek: Voyager
 (wrapping in May 2001); 20 episodes of Max Steel for the Kids' WB network; 20
 episodes of Dan Dare, another all-CG show; 40 minutes of cinematic cutscenes
 for Sony's Playstation II game "Twisted Metal: Black"; two on-air promos for
 the Sci-Fi network's "I Am Sci-Fi" campaign, one featuring Moby and one
 featuring Tony Hawk; and two as-yet-unnamed creature flicks due to air later
 this year.
     Previously, Foundation Imaging has used LightWave 3D in its work on the TV
 series Starship Troopers: Bug Wars, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and
 Saban's Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog and in the feature films The Jackal,
 Contact and Batman: Subzero.
     "As LightWave 3D users since the 1.0 version, we qualify as devoted
 users," Pugh said.  "We chose LightWave 3D because it's got a gorgeous
 renderer, and the latest version of the software put some incredible animation
 tools into the mix.  In particular, the UV Mapping and Vertex maps have given
 our character modelers a lot more power, and the models they're creating show
 it!
     "We make extensive use of LightWave 3D for character animation and for
 integration of motion capture, especially for the episodic shows.  As an
 example, we've used practically every available feature of LightWave 3D for
 Star Trek: Voyager, even including some nice use of the LW_Baker plug-in to
 render up a set with radiosity, then animate a long shot with nice and short
 render times," he said.
     Apart from the sheer quality possible with NewTek software, Foundation
 Imaging also counts on the software's flexibility, speed and ease of use.
     "Our use of NewTek software really comes down to the artists," said Pugh.
 "For example, LightWave 3D has the flexibility to let them use various
 techniques to get the results they need.  Sure, we could do many of the same
 effects with another tool - but for double the time and double the money.
     "As a production facility, it's imperative that we be able to work on a
 multitude of projects, often simultaneously.  LightWave 3D lets us generate a
 phenomenal amount of content on the tight schedules demanded by all-CG
 episodic television, and it also lets my artists produce award-winning
 animations of incredible beauty for films and commercial clients.  If that
 doesn't make it a brain-searingly useful package, I don't know what does."
 
     About Foundation Imaging
     Foundation Imaging was formed in 1992 by Ron Thornton and Paul Bryant, two
 Emmy Award-winning visual effects artists.  Since its inception, the company
 has created visual effects for movies (Contact and The Jackal), television
 series (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Beetleborgs: Metallix and
 The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog), home entertainment (Batman vs. Mr. Freeze:
 Sub-Zero for Warner Bros. Home Video) and themed entertainment attractions
 (Star Trek: The Experience for the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel).
 
     About NewTek
     With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of
 full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools. NewTek
 launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the
 legendary Video Toaster. The company's products are now used worldwide on
 projects ranging from home video, broadcast television and feature films.
 Recent film and television projects using NewTek software include Charlie's
 Angels, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 6th Day, Red Planet, X-Men The Movie,
 Pitch Black, Shakespeare In Love, the latest James Bond film: Bond 19 "The
 World Is not Enough, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Voyager, Star
 Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and Family Law.  Recent game
 titles include Daikatana, Deus EX, Torment, HALO and Kiss Psycho Circus.
 Phone: 210-370-8000, fax: 210-370-8001, website: http://www.newtek.com or
 http://www.videotoaster.com .
 
     Video Toaster, Aura and LightWave 3D, are trademark of NewTek.  All other
 products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders.
 
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