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SplutterFish and The Orphanage Form Strategic Partnership

Alliance aims to develop Brazil rendering system into render-tech leader (August 10, 2004)

SplutterFish, LLC, maker of the award-winning 3D rendering suite, Brazil r/s, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with The Orphanage, Inc., a leading San Francisco and Hollywood-based feature visual effects and animation company. The partnership aims to further strengthen the efficiency of Brazil r/s as a large scale production tool in the most demanding pipelines, and to expand Brazil r/s's compatibility with a variety of 3D software packages, including Alias software from Maya.

Under the agreement, The Orphanage, which has adopted Brazil r/s as its primary rendering solution, will offer its extensive production and technical expertise along with studio resources to the SplutterFish development team.

To support this collaboration, SplutterFish has moved part of its key engineering team to The Orphanage's San Francisco facility to work closely with The Orphanage's software developers to aggressively meet the evolving challenges of real-world visual effects and visualization.

The Orphanage, with its staff of more than 150 visual effects artists and production professionals, has gained a stellar reputation for its visual effects and animation work on several blockbuster films, such as Revolution Studio's "Hellboy," Fox's "The Day After Tomorrow," and Dimension's "Spy Kids 3D," as well as major TV spots for Playstation2 and Volkswagen. The Orphanage VFX team started using Brazil r/s in early 2002 and was immediately impressed by its reliability, fast-turnaround, and ease-of-use to achieve the high-quality images required by its clients. After Brazil r/s had proven its mettle on many successful, challenging projects, The Orphanage re-tooled its pipeline to make Brazil r/s its primary rendering solution.

The Orphanage's CEO Carsten Sorensen commented, "Our job is to create the most visually exciting images possible to help our clients tell their stories. With Brazil r/s we can deliver top quality effects without breaking the budget by allowing our artists to work more efficiently. The synergy created by having the SplutterFish development team work closely with our real world productions will help make Brazil r/s not just a better rendering solution for The Orphanage, but for the rest of the industry as well."

"We've always believed that high-end film VFX is a renderer's greatest challenge," says Scott Kirvan, CEO of SplutterFish. "In meeting this challenge, SplutterFish is committed to giving control to the artist via truly integrated, multi-platform solutions, and to creating the highest quality imagery with fast, reliable, and easy-to-use CG tools. The Orphanage pushes Brazil r/s to the limits both technically and aesthetically. By meeting their needs, we expect rapid expansion and development of Brazil r/s, ensuring that it will stand up to the most rigorous demands of not only film FX, but every field of CG."

About Brazil r/s
The award-winning Brazil Rendering System is designed by and for production professionals as a powerful, flexible and affordable high-end rendering solution for film, broadcast, architecture and other cross-visualization applications. It offers uncompromising image quality while addressing the need for the natural, streamlined workflow that CG artists demand.

About The Orphanage
The Orphanage, based in San Francisco and Hollywood, is focused on high-end visual effects and animation services for features and broadcast, original motion picture and television production, and digital filmmaking technology development and licensing.

About SplutterFish
SplutterFish, LLC, established in 2001, designs high-end, affordable and efficient 3D rendering tools. The company's flagship product, Brazil Rendering System, has been honored with leading industry awards including the CGW 2003 Innovation Award, the Animation Magazine "Seal of Excellence Award," and others. SplutterFish software products are currently available from the company and its international reseller representatives.


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