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Studio ArtFX Integrates Luxology's modo Into Pipeline

Allows animation studio to create more complex models faster and more efficiently (October 21, 2004)

Luxology LLC, an independent technology company developing high-end 3D content creation tools, today announced that Studio ArtFX has integrated modo, Luxology's powerful new subdivision surface and polygonal modeling platform, into its production pipeline for use on several of its upcoming productions. An independent animation studio founded by Terrence Walker, Studio ArtFX found that modo allowed its animators to create complex models faster and more efficiently, which saved its team a tremendous amount of time and money.

"modo is the first software application I've used that makes modeling almost as fast as drawing, and its speed and intuitive toolset gives me more freedom to experiment with creative ideas," said Terrence Walker, founder of Studio ArtFX. "I've always kept my subdivision surface models very simple, so they would be easy to edit and change if necessary. This meant that there were many things I simply wouldn't try because of the time involved. Now, because of the advanced toolset in modo, I am willing to take on more difficult modeling tasks. Even the most complex subdivision models have become easy to work with, and I have more control over the results I get."

modo is a robust 3D modeling toolset designed to improve the polygonal and subdivision surface modeling aspects for 3D artists working on games, films, TV and Web productions. modo's real-time subdivision surface modeling engine and superior level of customizability, which includes hundreds of production-oriented tools, make it flexible enough to model everything ranging from organics and hard surfaces to low-resolution real-time meshes and high-resolution film models.

"Studio ArtFX embodies what a small, independent studio is capable of when empowered with a creative vision and the right tools," said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. "Terrence Walker has accomplished a great deal without the benefits of large studio backing or the most expensive software on the market. With modo added to his arsenal, we're confident that Terrence will be able to model better, stronger and faster than before, with fewer application-imposed limitations, and without breaking the bank."

Independent animators and small studios such as Studio ArtFX face completely different modeling tasks in comparison to today's larger studios. It is crucial to have fast and flexible productivity tools that enable them to compete with larger studios. Using modo, Studio ArtFX's is able to eliminate the number of steps in getting an idea from the brain to the screen. Studio ArtFX also benefits from modo's seamless integration with the existing pipeline, which allows him to edit existing complex models; this opens up the studio's entire model library and makes all its archived models 'new' and ready for easy modification.

Pricing and Availability for modo
modo is available now through Luxology and its world-wide partners. modo ships on a single disc supporting both Mac OS X and Windows, and sells for a suggested retail price of USD $895, with a limited-time introductory price of USD $695. To purchase and obtain immediate access to modo via download, visit the Luxology store at or contact Luxology at 650.378.8506.

About Studio ArtFX
Studio ArtFX was created at the dawn of the millennium by veteran digital artist and animator Terrence Walker. The Internet release of his first independent short animated film, Understanding Chaos, was such a success that the site was eventually shut down as a result of too much traffic. The film was later released on DVD, and even played on Tech TV's Eyedrops. Now, combined with Shadowskin, the second release from Walker, the film is a part of Anime: Concept to Reality, a DVD in wide retail release by TOKYOPOP. Terrence Walker continues his commitment as an independent animator who shows how it can be done without millions of dollars or major studio backing. He is currently working on his new flagship series, Occult Salvation.

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About Luxology
Based in San Mateo, Calif., Luxology, LLC is an independent technology company developing high-end 3D content creation tools that enhance productivity for artists working in the film, television, gaming and print industries. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology's team boasts some of the top engineering talent and industry expertise on the planet.

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