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GenArts Congratulates Academy Awards Nominees

All three nominees for Best Visual Effects Oscars benefited from Sapphire Plug-ins (February 24, 2005)

GenArts Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, would like to congratulate its film customers for their outstanding work on the productions nominated for the 77th Annual Academy Awards.

In particular, GenArts would like to congratulate the three movies selected for this years ?Best Visual Effects Academy Award which include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I, Robot and Spider-Man 2. Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts were incorporated into all three of these films.

According to Lisa Deaner, Senior Lead Inferno Artist at Sony, ?GenArts' Sapphire Glows and RackDefocus were indispensable on Spider-Man 2. We used Sapphire Glows not only for breathtaking light-blooming effects, but also for detailed edge-integrated realism. I reach for all the plug-ins so often that it feels as though they are part of the Flame software itself, not a separate tool-set.

?We continue to be impressed by the creative work of our customers, and we are once again proud to play even a small part in their success, said Karl Sims, GenArts' President and Founder.

About GenArts Sapphire Plug-ins
Sapphire Plug-ins provide digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects. They fully and seamlessly integrate into a number of editing and compositing systems including: Adobe After Effects and Premiere; Apple Final Cut Pro, Shake and Motion; Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Media Composer, Xpress Pro, Xpress, Xpress DV, Symphony, DS, Nitris and Newscutter; Discreet combustion, flint, flame, inferno, fire, smoke and burn; eyeon Software Digital Fusion; Quantel generationQ; and Media 100 844/X. Sapphire Plug-ins offer a comprehensive suite of tools and effects that can transform any film or video clip. They are resolution-independent, include multi-processor support for faster rendering, and run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Irix. Effects in the package range from everyday tools such as Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Glint, Blurs and RackDefocus, to more exotic effects like Lightning, FlysEye, JpegDamage, HalfTone and Textures.

About GenArts, Inc.
Based in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is a premier provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film and video industry. Introduced in 1996, Sapphire Plug-ins have become an industry standard for high-end visual effects creation at leading studios, broadcast and post production facilities around the world. They are widely recognized for their unrivaled quality and ease-of-use, and have been used extensively to create an array of feature films such as Spider-Man I and II, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix trilogy, Terminator 3, X-Men II, Daredevil, Star Wars-Episode I and II, Ice Age, Pearl Harbor, Final Fantasy, Dinosaur, Titanic, Armageddon, Planet of the Apes, Contact, Star Trek and Godzilla.

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