Many of This Seasonâ€™s Most-Watched Programs Feature Autodesk Technology
Post-production houses regularly turn to digital entertainment creation software from
(NASDAQ: ADSK), to help bring movie-like visual effects into millions of homes in this seasonâ€™s most-watched television programs. Highlights include a 3D video game universe in â€œHouse,â€? the evocative color finishing of â€œMad Menâ€? and the UEFA Europa League rebrand.
Ascent Media, which provides creative and technical services through its worldwide network of media facilities, including Encore Hollywood, RIOT and Level 3, uses a combination of
visual effects software,
color grading software,
editorial finishing software and
3D animation, modeling and rendering software on more than 25 shows this season, including â€œNCIS,â€? â€œCSI: NYâ€? and â€œHouseâ€? (comprehensive list below). â€œThe Autodesk family of software helps facilitate interoperability between our companies to maximize workflow efficiency and put our best work forward for our clients. The tools are efficient, and the cross-platform compatibility allows our talented artists to focus on creativity,â€? said Bill Romeo, Ascent senior vice president, Entertainment Television.
Los Angeles and Vancouver-based Zoic Studios contributed to a variety of shows kicking off the fall season, including â€œFlash Forwardâ€? and â€œFringe.â€? For the sci-fi drama â€œFlash Forward,â€? Zoic created urban destruction with
software for modeling, texturing, fluid dynamics, solid body and particle effects, as well as Flame for timing, retiming, rotoscoping and element placement. Zoic also used its Maya and Flame pipeline on â€œTrue Bloodâ€? and â€œVâ€? as well as for digital prosthetics, character creation and animation on â€œFringe.â€? In addition, Zoic used Maya on â€œMad Men,â€? â€œDrop Dead Diva,â€? â€œCalifornication,â€? â€œHuman Targetâ€? and â€œBen 10-Alien Swarm.â€?
Entity FX, with a toolset that includes Maya, Flame and Inferno, worked on three visual effects-intensive shows this season: â€œThe Vampire Diaries,â€? â€œSmallvilleâ€? and â€œEastwickâ€? (along with two feature films, â€œThis is Itâ€? and â€œLaw Abiding Citizenâ€?). â€œEastwickâ€? features photorealistic effects infused with magical flourishes, and in the premiere episode, an animated army of hostile digital ants was created using a custom script in Maya and composited in Flame. Dan Rucinski, executive producer, Entity FX, said, â€œThis year alone, our artists used our Autodesk bag of tricks on four feature films and eight television projects, most recently to create â€” in a very short time frame â€” 2D and stereo 3D effects for the Michael Jackson movie.â€?
The effects work created by CBS Digital (CBSD) this season spans the gamut from straightforward green screen on the new hit show â€œModern Familyâ€? â€” where artists used Flame to help composite exterior views â€” to the complex opening shot for the acclaimed bio-pic â€œGeorgia Oâ€™Keeffe,â€? where artists re-created 1920s New York. CBSD transformed footage of a city block in New Mexico using Maya to authentically model the buildings and Inferno to combine multiple 3D layers, green screen extras and period cars.
Six-time Emmy-winning post house LaserPacific looked to the Lustre digital color grading system to shape shows such as â€œMad Men,â€? â€œThe Good Wifeâ€? and â€œEastbound & Downâ€? as well as two made-for-television movies, â€œWizards of Waverly Place âŽ¯ The Movieâ€? and â€œGeorgia Oâ€™Keeffe,â€? for which Maya was also used.
The London-branch of Prime Focus was commissioned by design agency Ingredient to create opening and closing credits and bumpers for the rebrand of Europeâ€™s soccer championship, the new UEFA Europa League (previously UEFA Cup). The sequences feature a dusk-lit sky as the camera moves through rural locations while giant projected images of Europeâ€™s top players serve as the backdrop. With RED camera-captured football source footage, Prime Focus modeled 3D architecture in Maya and used Flame to help map the 3D camera moves. Flame was also used for compositing, color correction, sky replacements and realistic finishing touches of moving clouds and city traffic. Derek Moore, Prime Focus creative director, said, â€œMaya and Flame allowed us to overcome many complex challenges and create the exact look we wanted.â€?
Studios that worked with Autodesk software to help create content for this TV season are:
o NY and LA-based LOOK Effects used Maya and Flame for its work on â€œBones.â€?
o The Toronto location of Spin VFX used Flame and Maya to create the eclectic combination of live-action and animation for the Canadian tween hit â€œMajority Rules.â€?
o Ascentâ€™s Encore and RIOT used Lustre to help create the look of â€œLost,â€? â€œ90210,â€? â€œMedium,â€? â€œCSI: NY,â€? â€œHung,â€? â€œBig Love,â€? â€œHeroes,â€? â€œHow to Make It in America,â€? â€œFire in the Hole,â€? â€œLie to Me,â€? â€œTerriersâ€? and â€œIn Treatment.â€?
o Ascentâ€™s Encore and Level 3 Post used Smoke, Inferno and 3ds Max on â€œHouse,â€? â€œNCIS,â€? â€œNCIS LA,â€? â€œ90210,â€? â€œCSI: NY,â€? â€œMedium,â€? â€œMonk,â€? â€œWeeds,â€? â€œUnited States of Tara,â€? â€œHung,â€? â€œEntourage,â€? â€œBig Love,â€? â€œPast Life,â€? â€œThe Closer,â€? â€œCastle,â€? â€œDrop Dead Diva,â€? â€œMelrose Place,â€? â€œFlash Forward,â€? â€œBonesâ€? and â€œ24.â€?
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