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Good Guys Finish First

Peter Litwinowicz and Pierre Jasmin take top slot By Ko Maruyama
In the first Academy Awards news of the season to come across my desk, an announcement of the Technical Achievement Award popped up.  Although the formal ceremonies won't take place for a few weeks (February 10, 2007) - and probably won't be televised, I was thrilled to see that Peter Litwinowicz and Pierre Jasmin of RE:Vision Effects have been announced as the honorees for Technical Achievement for the design and development of the RE: Vision Effects family of software tools for optical flow-based image manipulation.

On the technical side, "optical flow" or motion estimation is a class of techniques, actual mathematical computation which tracks every pixel between successive frames of a moving picture sequence.  Most compositors and animators are very familiar with "a sequence", and all of the potential information stored within that data.

RE:Vision Effects develops software to help animators and compositors gain artistic and editorial control over all of that pixel data.  Their technology has been featured in major motion pictures, including What Dreams May Come, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Mission: Impossible III, Hellboy, Superman Returns, Aeon Flux, Sin City, Star Wars: Episode III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Van Helsing, and more.  Their plugins have also been used on countless television shows, commercials, music videos and television promos.

RE:Vision Effects have a wide array of plugins which support compositing software, non-linear editing software,  3D applications and even unique hardware based platforms like Autodesk Flame and Quantel's generationQ.

Pete and Pierre in Amsterdam

On the personal side, Pierre Jasmin and Pete Litwinowicz are truly NICE GUYS.  They have appeared at numerous user events and national tradeshows to help their users and any interested artists understand what their plugins can achieve.

Whether questioned by seasoned Adobe After Effects or Eyeon Fusion users, or novice Apple Motion or Combustion users, they've always been friendly and helpful to everyone I've seen approach them.   Moreover, they're truly excited about their work.  Obviously, the rest of Hollywood is excited about their work as well.

You can see more of the RE:Vision software, and read all about the company at

If you're not going to the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on February 10th, you can meet the stars at upcoming technical trade shows, including NAB (National Association of Broadcasters Expo) in April.

I'll see them there!


RE:Vision Effects, Twixtor, ReelSmart, RE:Flex and FieldsKit are trademarks of RE:Vision Effects, Inc.

"Academy Award" and A.M.P.A.S. are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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