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Digital Musings From the Editor:

Congratulations to Autodesk for completing its purchase of Alias. We look forward to covering future developments in 3D software development and the ramifications for the entire industry. And congratulations to Pixars Ed Catmull and all the other recipients that will be honored at the Academys annual Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 18. Catmull, Tony DeRose and Jos Stam were singled out for their scientific and practical implementation of subdivision surfaces as a modeling technique in movies.

Meanwhile, in terms of new articles, Tara DiLullo speaks with vfx supervisor David Hutzel about the fascinating method to the madness surrounding BATTLESTAR GALACTICAs second season; and Digital Sandbox founder and supervisor Scott E. Anderson (SUPERMAN RETURNS and KING KONG) explores the mainstreaming of VFX.

Bill DesowitzEditor