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CaféFX Relies on NewTek's LightWave 3DCaféFX's VFX Workhorse for "Sky Captain", "The Dust Factory" (November 22, 2004)
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced that CafeFX relied on LightWave 3D for their portions of the visual effects for Paramount's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and the MGM-distributed indie film, The Dust Factory. CafeFX artists created approximately 80 visual effects shots for Sky Captain, and about 50 shots for The Dust Factory, as well as the main title sequence.
"LightWave 3D is a dominant tool in visual effects for film," said Donetta Colboch, Vice President of 3D Marketing for NewTek. "As the most complete and efficient 3D solution, with a built-in world-class renderer, visual effects producers rely on LightWave every day to bring their visions to life on the screen, in sometimes hundreds of shots in a given film."
CafeFX's work for Sky Captain included the exterior visuals for the scenes set in Nepal, where CafeFX's artists created the snowy mountainous landscape with a combination of CG and matte paintings, and used LightWave's Global Illumination to produce a photo-real look with the digital environments and sets. The digital base camp sequence relied on LightWave's Motion Designer for realistic cloth movement for the tents. LightWave's particle system and volumetrics also contributed a portion of the snow and atmospheric effects needed for these sequences.
For The Dust Factory, elements of practical sets were replaced with digital counterparts created in LightWave, as in one sequence where the floor of a practical set and a green-screen lined hole were replaced with CG flooring that cracks and breaks away to reveal a vortex. CafeFX artists made heavy use of LightWave's HyperVoxels for a number of effects, including elements of a tarry substance in the whirlpool vortex and a misty fog used in magical transport sequences.
"LightWave offers our artists an incredibly fast workflow, and is a very comprehensive set of tools. It is also easy to integrate with our other 2D and 3D production tools," said David Ebner, co-Founder of CafeFX and Visual Effects Supervisor. "The tools are designed for the artist from the ground up, and let you concentrate on creativity. The incredible quality of the renderer and the practically unlimited free render nodes really wrap up the package. If you have the talent and LightWave, you can create anything."
Pricing and Availability
LightWave 3D  is available now for Mac and Windows platforms for $1595US full-version and $495US upgrade. For a limited time, purchasers of LightWave 3D full seats or upgrades in North America and participating regions will receive REALVIZ's ImageModeler 4.0, a $1380US value, at no additional charge, on CD with electronic documentation.
For more information on the items offered, to locate a reseller, or to purchase direct from NewTek, visit: http://www.lightwave3d.com/partners/realviz or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-843-8934, overseas callers dial +1-210-370-8000.
About NewTek, Inc.
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including VT(TM), and LightWave 3D®, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award. NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video Toaster®. The company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to feature film. Recent television and film projects using NewTek software include "I, Robot", Spiderman 2, The Manchurian Candidate, Exorcist: The Beginning, Garfield, Hellboy, Van Helsing, Triplets of Belleville, The Last Samurai, Torque, Children of Dune, Battlestar: Galactica, Firefly, Taken, Smallville, Star Trek: Enterprise, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Matrix Reloaded, Collateral Damage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Agent Cody Banks, Daredevil, Spy Kids II, Oscar®-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition DVD. Recent game titles include Doom III, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam for XBox, Age of Mythology, Civilization III, Dead to Rights, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest and Escape From Monkey Island.
For more information visit www.newtek.com.
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