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Battlestar Galactica Artists Recognized with 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series

The effects team that created the acclaimed episode ?He That Believeth In Me ? relied on NewTek LightWave 3D® for the award-wi (September 29, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-9-29-- NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today congratulated the production team of "Battlestar Galactica" for winning the 2008 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

The "Battlestar Galactica" production team includes Gary Hutzel, visual effects supervisor; Michael Gibson, visual effects producer; David Takemura, visual effects coordinator; Doug Drexler, CGI supervisor; Kyle Toucher, CG artist; Sean Jackson, CG artist; Pierre Drolet, CG modeler; Aurore de Blois, senior compositor; and Derek Ledbetter, compositor.

"NewTek commends the Emmy-winning team for receiving this highest recognition from their peers," said Jay Roth, president 3D division, NewTek Inc. "We are gratified that LightWave has, again, played a part in an award-winning production."

"In television, we're required to create incredible and often massive effects shots, all with a very short timeframe, a small crew and an equally small budget. LightWave is the only program that allows me to work with breadth and speed while still giving me quality results," said Gary Hutzel, visual effects supervisor and Emmy Award winner, Battlestar VFX. "With its broad range of built-in features and artist-friendly workflow, LightWave enables me to move quickly, render fast and create award-winning effects shots from start to finish, before the hammer falls."

In the Emmy-winning episode, special visual effects ranged from Starbuck's pristine and completely CG Viper to vast and dramatic space battles with cataclysmic ship explosions. The team also used particles to drive a swirling swarm of Cylon Raiders.

NewTek LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools. Version 9.5, is a major update to this award-winning 3D application with new capabilities including FiberFX, a complete hair and fur solution, a new lighting system and many improvements to animation, rendering and workflow. Known for its fast workflow and ease of use, LightWave also integrates well with other popular production tools for 3D and for compositing, with support for a wide range of formats. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including unlimited render nodes, hard- and soft-body dynamics, hair, fur, cloth simulation and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production tool for visual effects in television, film, broadcast graphics, games, visualization, print and web.

Pricing and Availability
LightWave v9 is available now at the suggested retail price of US$895. LightWave v9.5 is also available as a free update to registered LightWave v9 owners. Registered owners of LightWave 3D [v8 or earlier] are eligible to purchase an upgrade for US$395. For more information or to purchase, please visit call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000        .

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is an Emmy Award-winning and leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation, animation and special effects tools including LightWave 3D®, LightWave Rendition? for Adobe® Photoshop®, TriCaster?, TriCaster Pro?, TriCaster STUDIO?, TriCaster BROADCAST?, VT[5]?, SpeedEDIT? and 3D Arsenal.?


LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek Inc. The TriCaster family of products include: TriCaster, TriCaster VM, TriCaster PRO, TriCaster STUDIO and TriCaster BROADCAST, which are trademarks of NewTek Inc. TimeWarp, LiveControl, SpeedEDIT, VT[5], iVGA, LiveSet, LiveMatte, LiveText, 3D Arsenal and LightWave Rendition are trademarks of NewTek Inc. All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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