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LightWave Artists Bring Home 2004 Emmy Awards

LightWave artists awarded Emmys for VFX and motion graphics (October 01, 2004)

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, congratulates the 2004 Emmy winners for Special Visual Effects for a Series at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and the Emmy winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic and Artistic Design, at the 25th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. These are the 10th and 11th Emmy Awards received since 1993 by artists and producers who chose NewTek's LightWave 3D, itself the recipient in 2003 of an Emmy Engineering Award, as their primary 3D production tool.

?NewTek is pleased to extend our congratulations to the talented and innovative artists who have received Emmy recognition this year, said Jim Plant, CEO and President of NewTek. ?The diverse projects which received honors this year a photorealistic creation of imaginary worlds and a painstakingly accurate and detailed forensic recreation of historic reality - testify to the flexibility, speed and power that we have designed into LightWave from the ground up, specifically to allow digital artists to produce animation and effects to the highest standard within the tight schedule constraints of television. Once again, we are awed and humbled at the incredible work that nominees, winners and other users have produced over the years.

At the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, the winner for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series was Star Trek: Enterprise episode Countdown. The visual effects were created by the multiple-Emmy winning team at Eden FX. "The things we find the most valuable about LightWave are the speed at which we can do our work, and the well-rounded tool set that it contains," said Steve Pugh, Visual Effects Producer at Eden FX. "It does everything that we need it to do and it does it quickly and its a tool that our animators are familiar with and comfortable with. Hands down I would have to say the renderer is the best feature. LightWave has a beautiful renderer and NewTek has been packing more and more features into it and more and more ways for artists to make their images look beautiful."

At the 25th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, the winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic and Artistic Design was Dale K. Myers, of Dale Myers Animation, for his 3D recreation of the Kennedy assassination. The forensic animation was central to the investigation in the ABC News Special Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy. The special, broadcast on November 20th, 2003, received the 2004 Edward R. Morrow Award for best news documentary.

"Using LightWave to explore the JFK assassination was a natural marriage of career and historical interest," said Myers. "As an animator/filmmaker, I knew that LightWave could be used to investigate the assassination with full geometric integrity. LightWave's modeling tools are superior, and capabilities such as the ability to superimpose wireframe models over background plates of the Zapruder film (in Layout), real-time previews to speed up the creation process, and expressions (used to drive the movement of the clothing of both Kennedy and Connally) were essential to achieving the project."

56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Star Trek: Enterprise: Countdown - UPN
Ronald B. Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor
Daniel F. Curry, Visual Effects Producer
Elizabeth Castro, Visual Effects Coordinator
Paul Hill, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Greg Rainoff, Lead Visual Effects Animator
Fred Pienkos, CGI Supervisor
Sean Scott, Lead CGI Animator
Eric Hance, Lead CGI Animator
Chris Zapara, Lead CGI Animator
25th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards

Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy - ABC
Dale K. Myers, Computer Animation Artist, Dale Myers Animation

Pricing and Availability
LightWave [8] Training Edition Special with Electronic Manual is available now at authorized NewTek resellers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $1595US. The LightWave [8] Training Edition Special includes 3 Coupons for $400 in FREE training materials. Purchasers receive the training materials by redeeming the coupons directly with the publishers. Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier are eligible to purchase the LightWave [8] Upgrade Training Edition Special with Electronic Manual for $495US. The LightWave [8] Upgrade Training Edition Special includes choice of one of three coupons, valued at up to $190US, for FREE training materials. To locate the nearest authorized reseller or distributor, see our reseller locater at For more information on the items offered and to purchase direct from NewTek, visit: or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, 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[3], 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 The Last Samurai, Threat Matrix, Children of Dune, Firefly, Taken, Smallville, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek 10: Nemesis, Matrix Reloaded, Collateral Damage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Agent Cody Banks, Daredevil, Spy Kids II, We Were Soldiers, Panic Room, Harts War, Driven, A.I., Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down, The Time Machine and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Directors 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.

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