Auckland, New Zealand (July 26, 2006) --
, the leading developer of artificial life-based 3D animation systems, today announced a series of artist talks for SIGGRAPH 2006, open to SIGGRAPH attendees at the Massive Software Booth #1023. The line-up includes behind-the-scenes presentations that go inside the techniques used to create stunning Massive shots and scenes on a range of feature film and commercial television projects.
Scheduled speakers include:
Jordi Bares, The Mill, Lynx "Billions"
Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 pm
Jordi Bares and The Mill pioneered epic Massive shots in commercials with the Cannes Lions Grand Prix-winning Playstation "Mountain" ad. This year, Bares shows off the creative magic behind spots such as Lynx "Billions," in which the intoxicating effects of a men's deodorant draw out a mob of beautiful suitors.
Mark Thielen, "The Ant Bully"
Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 am
"The Ant Bully" is a new full-length animated feature released by Warner Bros. Mark Thielen, Massive Supervisor, will detail how artists at DNA/Helix used Massive to create complex ant colony crowd shots in one of the most innovative uses of Massive to date.
Eric Saindon, WETA Digital, "King Kong" and "X-Men: The Last Stand"
Wednesday, August 2, 2:00 pm
Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Saindon will share examples of Massive work on "King Kong," this year's Best Visual Effects Oscar® award winner. WETA Digital used Massive to create everything from buses, trains, pedestrians and circa-1930s traffic patterns to bats and birds on the movie, and also leveraged Massive for challenging Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge sequences in "X-Men: The Last Stand."
"Massive customers are true superstars," said Diane Holland, CEO, Massive Software. "We are thrilled to have these artists taking us inside their projects and showing us how their teams and facilities have been meeting
some of the most challenging assignments in the industry."
Massive Software will additionally be running Massive product demos every hour on the hour during the show. Final presentation line-up and times are subject to change. Please stop by the Massive Booth #1023 during SIGGRAPH for complete information and schedules.
About Massive Software
Massive Software is the leading creator of artificial intelligence-based 3D animation systems. Massive was founded when Stephen Regelous programmed a unique piece of software for director Peter Jackson to make creation of complicated visual effects scenes involving hundreds of thousands of digital characters a practical reality. Massive garnered a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Today, Massive Software develops a family of standalone, commercially available products, with customers including The Mill, Animal Logic, Centro Digital, Digital Domain, Framestore CFC, Rhythm & Hues and other leading digital production and effects studios. For more information, please contact Massive North America (+1 310-837-7878), New Zealand (+64 9-3030-030), Europe (+44 20 7096 1605) or visit