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09/11/2010

Dreamworks Animation Selects Nuke

Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry has announced that CG animation studio Dreamworks Animation SKG has purchased a site licence of Nuke to enhance its in-house pipeline beginning in 2012.
Dreamworks Animation is devoted to producing high-quality entertainment through computer-generated (CG) animation. In 2004, Dreamworks became the first animation company to produce and distribute two CG animated features in a single year, including Shrek 2, the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time on a domestic basis.
This year Dreamworks Animation set another record by becoming the first studio to have released three CG animated feature films, all in stereoscopic 3D. They accomplished this feat in part by relying on state-of-the-art technologies to enable the artistic vision of their filmmakers.
Nuke will soon become an important part of DreamWorks Animation's technological toolset. The studio plans to use Nuke beginning on its 2012 feature film release The Croods.
DreamWorks Animation is in good company selecting Nuke as their compositing tool of choice. In the last eighteen months ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Weta Digital, MPC, Framestore, Double negative, Cinesite and many more world-class visual effects studios have all adopted the software. The global pool of freelance artists has increased dramatically and Nuke is quickly becoming the compositor's tool of choice.
Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry, commented: "DreamWorks Animation is a force to be reckoned with in the world of film. That they have selected Nuke as their compositor of choice is a testament to the hard work The Foundry team has invested in its development. We can't wait to see the results on screen."
Darin Grant, Head of Production Technology at DreamWorks Animation, said: "'Nuke is an incredibly powerful tool that will enable our artists to more readily embrace compositing as part of our creative process. The Foundry has impressed is with their commitment to advancing the product and we look forward to an ongoing relationship with their team."
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