Six-legged creature concept animation by Rob Powers displayed here in the new LightWave 10 interface
The newly released â€œAvatarâ€? Three-Disc Extended Collectorâ€™s Edition DVD and Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, features a special documentary titled, â€œCapturing Avatar.â€? Included, is Rob Powers, vice president of 3D development at NewTek and member of the original â€œMalibu Five,â€? the first five individuals to join James Cameronâ€™s team in the production of â€œAvatar.â€? The documentary shows the earliest six-legged creature animation test Powers created for â€œAvatar,â€? using LightWave 3DÂ®, and Powers discusses the filmâ€™s Virtual Art Department (VAD). While working on â€œAvatar,â€? Powers founded the first ever VAD, using LightWaveâ„¢ in the creation of virtual environmental assets for the world of Pandora in the blockbuster film. As the first concept-animation artist working on the film, Powers used LightWave to generate the original creature rigs and test animations in his initial role as animation technical director. â€œFrom the earliest period of â€˜Avatarâ€™ development, LightWave enabled me to model, texture, rig, and render quality concept animation tests, very quickly,â€? explained Powers. â€œLightWave also proved to be an efficient tool for the virtual production process, as well. I wouldn't have been able to create such great imagery over the length of the project without LightWave in the production pipeline.â€?
Early Epiphyte concept creature animation by Powers for â€œAvatarâ€? in LightWave
Powers is currently working with NewTekâ€™s software development team to produce innovative tools and new, interactive functions that will be incorporated into future versions of LightWave. The next major releaseâ€”LightWave 10â€”is expected to ship Q4 2010. For more information about LightWave, please visit