Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vue "Summer 2008 Blockbuster" Roundup

August 13, 2008. Siggraph Los Angeles, California: e-on software, maker of Vue, the leading solution for natural 3D environments announced that its products were used in the following summer 2008 blockbuster movies:

ILM’s "Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

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"Creating entire vistas was a first in my playbook and that's just been wonderful. Vue was my only option and it turned out to be the best option!" Yanick Dusseault, Digital Matte Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic.

DreamWork’s "KungFu Panda"

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The following is an excerpt from an online Interview from Markus Manninen, VFX Supervisor on KungFu Panda, made by CGSociety. Republished under Dreamworks’ exclusive permission.

"A lot of our large locations went through a process where the world was created roughly in Vue by our matte painting lead Scott Brisbane. Then the renders out of that were painted on by our matte painters to define the finished detail and push the look and lighting further. The final matte paintings were then projected back on geometry by our matte painting compositors and rendered on the farm. […]

The matte paintings on our film were the most advanced and the most shots that we'd done to date. Even larger than some of the live action films that depend heavily on them. I was truly inspired by their work. The Production Designer and I had planned to rely heavily on matte painting on the film, and we were extatic when the process worked out so well."

Production IG and Poligon Picture’s "The Skycrawlers"


"For a CG artist like me, creating an extremely detailed landscape image is the greatest challenge, but at the same time, it's something you always dream of doing. With Vue, you can easily create even elements such as a sea of clouds , woods, and oceans, which wouldn't be feasible with conventional methods. I can say Vue is the one and only tool that makes it possible to realize the superbly detailed landscapes you'll ever imagine!" Takashi Nagasaki - CTO - Polygon Pictures