+ For the 14th consecutive year, every film nominated for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award was shaped with Autodesk, Inc. digital film making tools. Autodesk congratulates Matte World Digital for its Oscar-winning visual effects work on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". "This year's Academy Award nominees continued to push digital imagery to new heights -- from intricate and complex computer-generated characters to pyrotechnical marvels to invisible effects so realistic they deceive theeye," said Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment."We extend our heart felt congratulations to the artists and technologists who enthrall audiences with spectacular visuals. We are honored that these film makers utilize Autodesk digital technology from planning and previsualization right down to final grade."
Oscar Winner--Matte World Digital, tasked with re-creating the early 20th century through Hurricane Katrina, created 3D environments, crowd simulations and matte paintings using Autodesk 3ds Max as its main tool with Autodesk Maya 3D modeling, animation and rendering software complementing the work of some shots. Asylum VFX used Maya, Autodesk Smoke finishing effects software, Autodesk Inferno visual effects software and Autodesk Lustre digital color grading system for 189 shots for the photoreal tugboat adventure that included extensive water simulation, digital environments and a computer-generated (CG) submarine. Lola VFX created 100 age reduction and 200make-up enhancement shots using a combination of tools, including Inferno and the Autodesk Flame system. Evil Eye Pictures used Maya and Autodesk Combustion desktop compositing software to integrate matte paintings and environmental effects set in and around New Orleans.
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