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NewTek LightWave 3D - A Vital Weapon in the 'Battle for Terra'

NewTek LightWave 3D used to create 3D animation and visual effects in full-length, animated, 3D sci-fi adventure film (May 01, 2009)

DMN Newswire--2009-5-1--NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, announced today that its award-winning LightWave 3D(r) rendering, modeling and animation solution was used to create the new animated, science fiction, adventure film "Battle for Terra," which opens today at movie theaters nationwide. 

"With LightWave 3D, our artists were able to successfully create, animate and render a full length, epic, sci-fi adventure on a limited budget," said Aristomenis "Meni" Tsirbas, who conceived and directed the film. "LightWave offers an impressive combination of powerful tools that enable artists to realize their visions and quickly complete projects."

"A feature film is not an easy thing to create under the best of conditions. While large studios command virtually unlimited budgets, MeniThings has managed to create a wonderful film that deserves to stand with any major motion picture despite comparatively limited resources," said Jay Roth, president, 3D division, NewTek Inc. "In fact, 'Battle for Terra' raises the bar in terms of ambition, scope and artistic merit for animated feature films. We are proud of LightWave's role in the production."

The movie, conceived and directed by Tsirbas, features the voices of Justin Long, Brian Cox, Evan Rachel Wood and Luke Wilson among others. Battle for Terra delivers potent social and environmental messages as it follows the story of Senn and Mala, two rebellious alien teens living on the beautiful and peaceful planet Terra, when it is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe on earth. Additional information on the film can be found at

About LightWave 3D

NewTek LightWave 3D combines a state-of-the-art renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools. Tools that may cost extra in other professional 3D applications are part of the product package, including unlimited render nodes, hard- and soft-body dynamics, hair, fur, cloth simulation and more. LightWave is enjoyed worldwide as a complete 3D production solution for visual effects in film, television, broadcast graphics, games, visualization, print and Web.

Pricing and Availability

A free trial edition of LightWave v9.6 is available by download from There are now more than 30 hours of free LightWave video training at, in addition to an extensive library of printable tutorials.

LightWave v9 is available now at the suggested retail price of US$895. Purchases of LightWave v9.6 include a one-year membership to HardCORE which gains you access to the new LightWave CORE system. NewTek LightWave CORE(tm) breaks down the barriers of the past with a completely new, state-of-the-art design and architecture, and a wide open SDK.  CORE offers animators complete creative freedom, and a completely open environment for scripters and plug-in coders to explore. For more information or to purchase, please visit or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, for international inquiries dial +1-210-370-8000.   

About NewTek Inc.

Benefiting producers and artists with its cost-effective and ground-breaking technologies, NewTek Inc. is a leader in 3D animation and special effects tools, portable live production and video editing, including LightWave 3D(r), 3PLAY(tm) and the TriCaster(tm) product line. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy(r) Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "Battle for Terra," "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Defiance," "Battle of Red Cliff," "Tropic Thunder," "Battlestar Galactica," "Lost," "Fringe" and more. Clients include: Fox News, BBC, NHL, NBA Development League, MTV, VH1, the Steve Harvey Radio Show, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information, please visit:

LightWave and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek.
The TriCaster family of products include: TriCaster, TriCaster DUO, TriCaster PRO, TriCaster STUDIO and TriCaster BROADCAST which are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
LightWave CORE, 3PLAY, TriCaster VM, TimeWarp, LiveControl, SpeedEDIT, VT[5], iVGA, LiveSet, LiveMatte, LiveText, 3D Arsenal and LightWave Rendition are trademarks of NewTek Inc.
All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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