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Side Effects and Imageworks to Co-Host LA SIGGRAPH Meeting

Oct. 19 Meeting to take an in-depth look into the visual effects of Spider-Man 2 (October 18, 2004)

Side Effects Software and Sony Pictures Imageworks today announced that they will co-host the upcoming Los Angeles SIGGRAPH chapter meeting where Imageworks will talk about how Houdini software was used to generate the cutting edge visual effects in ?Spider-Man 2, directed by Sam Raimi. The meeting will take place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 and will be followed by a full screening of the movie.

Stan Szymanski, Senior Vice President, Digital Production, Scott Stokdyk, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Theo Vandernoot, Effects Animation Supervisor will present the studios behind-the-scenes look at a few of the 836 visual effects shots produced for ?Spider-Man 2, including the creation of the Spider-Man and Doc Ock digital characters and 3D environments.  They will also  explain how Side Effects Software technology was used to generate some of the films most challenging effects, such as CG water.

?We are honored to co-host this event with Sony Pictures Imageworks, said Tony Cristiano, COO and Vice President, U.S. Operations for Side Effects Software.  ?Side Effects Software is always thrilled when one of our valued partners uses our software to streamline their production process and bring their creative vision to the big screen.

The LA SIGGRAPH event will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills CA 90211.  A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Sony presentation following at 7:30 p.m.  A full screening of ?Spider-Man 2 will follow the presentation.

All are welcome to attend.  Please register at

About Houdini

The Houdini family of animation software offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning technology.  The comprehensive feature set includes modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, channel editing, compositing, integrated rendering, and much more.  All Houdini applications work together seamlessly and are available for the Windows and Linux operating systems.  Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation in blockbuster films, including ?XMen, ?X2: X-Men United, ?Daredevil, ?Spider-Man, ?XXX, The Sum of all Fears, the ?Harry Potter series, the ?The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the ?The Matrix trilogy, and most recently ?Day After Tomorrow, ?Chronicles of Riddick, ?Around the World in 80 Days, and ?Spider-Man 2 among many others.

About Side Effects Software

Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D graphics and special effects software for use in film. Side Effects Software leads the field of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning, Houdini technology.  Houdini is used by numerous digital content creation leaders including Digital Domain, Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks SKG, Electronic Arts, Framestore-CFC, Rhythm and Hues, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

About Sony Pictures Imageworks

Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., is an Academy AwardŽ-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects and character animation company dedicated to the art and artistry of digital production and character creation. The company has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science with nominations for its work on "Spider-Man," "Hollow Man," "Stuart Little" and "Starship Troopers" and was awarded an OscarŽ for the CG animated short film "The ChubbChubbs." Imageworks continues to raise the level of standards in the visual effects and character animation businesses, becoming a major force in the industry by providing leading edge technology to its world-class artists.

Recent credits for Imageworks include ?The Polar Express, "Spider-Man 2," "50 First Dates," "Big Fish," "The Haunted Mansion," "Bad Boys II," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," and "Seabiscuit." Additional credits include "Contact," Cast Away," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Men in Black II" and "Stuart Little 2." Currently in production at Imageworks are "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Bewitched" starring Nicole Kidman, and ?Monster House.  This fall, Imageworks will begin production on "Open Season," the first CG motion picture from Sony Pictures Animation. "Open Season" will feature the vocal talents of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher and Debra Messing.

Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Digital, which oversees the digital production and online entertainment assets of Sony Pictures Entertainment.


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