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Digital Domain Enhances Pipeline with Luxology modomodo chosen for its 3D modeling toolset, speed and seamless integration (April 11, 2005)
Luxology LLC, an independent technology company developing high-end 3D content creation tools, today announced that Los Angeles-based Digital Domain is integrating modos new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling toolset into its production pipeline. Digital Domain, an Academy Award-winning visual effects facility best known for its work on ?Titanic, ?I, Robot and ?The Day After Tomorrow, selected modo for its robust 3D modeling capabilities, intuitive workflow and seamless pipeline integration.
?As one of the worlds top visual effects studios, it is crucial that we employ powerful tools that allow us to stay on the technological edge, without compromising on creativity, said Darin Grant, director of technology at Digital Domain. ?modos entirely new code base and artist-friendly workflow fit our needs and production pipeline perfectly. We are using modo on the feature film, ?Stealth, as well as spots for Disney, Michelin and Heineken, and are already benefiting from its incredible speed and flexibility, which are vital to our facilitys overall productivity.
modo is the fastest, most advanced subdivision surface modeling environment available. Specifically designed to help 3D artists working on games, films, TV, print, architecture and Web productions, modo enables artists to accomplish more in less time. These advantages are made possible through a unique combination of a cutting edge toolset with painless pipeline integration, advanced software ergonomics, and a streamlined learning path.
"As one of Digital Domains modeling leads, its my responsibility that our team produces the best possible models, in the least amount of time, said Andy Wilkoff of Digital Domain. ?modos seamless pipeline integration and incredibly comprehensive toolset make it easy for our artists to do everything in one modeling package."
?Digital Domain is one of the most innovative and respected visual effects houses, and as part of Luxologys beta program, they were very influential in the design and development of modo, said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. ?Knowing that a studio of Digital Domains caliber is benefiting from modo is a testament to Luxologys commitment to develop leading-edge content creation tools that offer exceptional control and precision when working on complex 3D modeling tasks.
Pricing and Availability
modo is available now through Luxology and its worldwide partners. modo ships on a single disc supporting both Mac OS X and Windows, and sells for a suggested retail price of USD $895, with a limited-time introductory price of USD $695. To purchase and obtain immediate access to modo via download, visit www.modo3d.com or contact Luxology at (650) 378-8506.
About Digital Domain
Digital Domain, Inc., one of the worlds largest and most technically advanced digital production studios, was formed in 1993 by CEO Scott Ross, Academy Award® winning character and creature designer Stan Winston (the Jurassic Park films; Edward Scissorhands; Aliens; The Terminator films; and Artificial Intelligence: AI), and Academy Award® winning writer/director/producer James Cameron (Titanic; True Lies; The Terminator; Terminator 2; The Abyss and Aliens).
In its 12-year history, Digital Domain has won five Academy Awards®: two for Achievement in Visual Effects (Titanic and What Dreams May Come), and three for Technical Achievement (for the companys proprietary compositing software, NUKE; its proprietary 3D tracking software, TRACK, and its proprietary volumetric modeling and rendering package, STORM). The company has also been nominated for three additional Academy Awards® for Achievement in Visual Effects (Apollo 13, True Lies and I, Robot). In addition, its excellence in visual effects and animation has earned Digital Domain multiple British Academy (BAFTA) Awards. The companys Feature Film Division is currently flush with several tent pole projects. Released in May of this year, was Roland Emmerichs powerful view of the impact of global warming, The Day After Tomorrow, which features some of the most technologically advanced, photo real weather effects that have ever appeared on screen. Digital Domain also released Isaac Asimovs I, Robot starring Will Smith; the companys work for the film is highlighted by a fully computer generated robot character, appearing in a starring role along with Mr. Smith. Digital Domain is also in production on several exciting feature films due for release in 2005, including Stealth for director Rob Cohen and Aeon Flux, starring Academy Award® winning actress Charlize Theron as the mysterious secret agent. Collaborating with Ron Howard for the sixth time, 2005 will also bring the release of Cinderella Man; the film stars Russell Crowe as Jim Braddock, the Depression-era fighter, who defeated heavyweight champ, Max Baer.
In the world of commercials, Digital Domain is one of the industrys largest and most honored creators of visual effects, including the cutting edge advertising campaigns for Adidas and Nike directed by David Fincher. The division consistently works with a stellar group of A-list directors including Michael Bay, Joe Pytka, Bruce Dowad, David Kellogg and Alex Proyas. Industry awards for the commercials division include numerous Clio awards, AICP awards, Cannes Lion awards and numerous other industry honors.
Digital Domain has also worked on music videos for artists such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Bjork, Celine Dion, Maxwell, and Busta Rhymes, all of which have been recognized and awarded on an international level. MTV ?Music Video of the Year Awards and Grammy Awards adorn Digital Domains trophy case.
Based in San Mateo, Calif., Luxology, LLC is an independent technology company developing high-end 3D content creation tools that enhance productivity for artists working in the film, television, gaming and print industries. modo, the companys inaugural product, is rapidly being recognized as one the most efficient and advanced 3D modeling tools in the industry. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxologys team boasts some of the top engineering talent and industry expertise on the planet.
For more information on Luxology, visit www.modo3d.com.
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