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"Bohemibot" Wins 2009 Student Academy Award

Director and recent New York University graduate Brendan Bellomo relied on NewTek LightWave 3D for the award-winning visuals (June 18, 2009)
DMN Newswire--2009-6-18--NewTek Inc, manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today congratulated Brendan Bellomo, director and recent New York University graduate, for receiving an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 36th Annual Student Academy Award for his short film, "Bohemibot." Bellomo relied on NewTek award-winning LightWave 3D to create the short film that took home an Oscar in the narrative category.

"I have used LightWave since I was 12-years-old. I love that it gives animators the technical and creative flexibility in a user-friendly package to accomplish shots that usually require the infrastructure of a large visual effects house," said Bellomo. "I like the surfacing system, especially the new node-based editor, and the different volumetric rendering capabilities, like HyperVoxels, which we used a great deal in creating the film."

"NewTek congratulates Brendan Bellomo on his Student Academy Award® for 'Bohemibot.' We are honored to have him in our LightWave community," said Jay Roth, president, 3D division, NewTek Inc. "LightWave enables artists with creative vision to deliver eye-popping results, regardless of project budgets or visual effects expertise level."

The film, which combines live action and computer-generated imagery, follows the story of a cyborg harpist forced to serve as a pilot in the last war on his planet. His encounter with a young enemy captive reveals that even the din of war can never silence the voice of the heart.

NewTek LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including unlimited render nodes, hard-body and soft-body dynamics, hair, fur, cloth simulation and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for visual effects in film, television, 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$495. For more information or to purchase, please visit or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000.   

About NewTek Inc.
Benefiting producers and artists with its cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek Inc. is a leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the LightWave 3D, the TriCaster product line and 3PLAY.  NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "300," "Hancock," "Tropic Thunder," "Battlestar Galactica," "Lost," "Fringe" and more. Clients include: Fox News, BBC, NHL, NBA Development League, MTV, VH1, the Steve Harvey Radio Show, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information, please visit:

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