Every single film nominated at this year’s Oscars for the Visual Effects Award was made using Foundry’s VFX software tools. Foundry, situated in London, has pulled off this feat for the last seven years.
The impact of NUKE for compositing, KATANA for lighting and MARI for 3D texture painting cannot be over-estimated. This year’s nominees for the Academy Award for Visual Effects include Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Kong: Skull Island, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The development team behind NUKE, Foundry’s flagship compositing system, has been officially honoured by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its contribution to the film industry. As mentioned in the previous post, Jon Wadelton, Chief Technology Officer at Foundry will receive an Academy Plaque for significant contributions to the development of Nuke, alongside Foundry’s Senior Software Engineer Jerry Huxtable and Abigail Brady, former Principal Software Engineer. In addition, Bill Spitzak and Jonathan Egstad will be honoured for the visionary design, development and stewardship of the Nuke compositing system.
Software developers are a creative bunch. Within the world of visual story-tellers, these are the people who create better and better tools, so that essence of the tale being told becomes even more real.
I am in awe of those who use the tools, as well as those who build the tools. Foundry in London has also released their 2017 Reel. Click HERE, or below to screen it up.