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The Foundry & fxphd Announce Nuke For Trainers Program

Leading visual effects software company The Foundry today announce a NUKE trainer certification program in conjunction with industry renowned online trainers fxphd.

Press Release from The Foundry

London, UK. 10th April 2011. Leading visual effects software company The Foundry today announce a NUKE trainer certification program in conjunction with industry renowned online trainers fxphd.

The increasing demand for NUKE training worldwide prompted The Foundry to look for a partner to help them create and deliver a high quality training program that was accessible remotely regardless of location.  Fxphd offers the perfect solution.


The certification process involves over 30 hours of in-depth NUKE training from fxphd’s world renowned team with assessment via a combination of online technical questions and practical project-driven work.

Those who complete the program successfully can call themselves ‘NUKE Trainer: Certified by The Foundry & fxphd’ and will be listed on The Foundry’s website.  They can also nominate a selected place of work as a ‘Certified NUKE Training Centre’.

They will also have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other trainers in the program on special forums and have access to exclusive post-certification asset packs for courseware design from fxphd.

The yearly recertification will also enable trainers to keep up to date with new NUKE releases and features.

Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry comments: “With the growing number of NUKE seats, there is increasing demand for quality trainers to teach artists all over the world.  We believe the standard of training offered by fxphd is second to none and their policy of using teachers from production provides a level of realism that is hard to match.  We are confident that together we can grow a global network of Certified NUKE Trainers who can in turn teach many more artists NUKE.”

John Montgomery, co-founder of fxphd & fxguide, adds: “We’re really excited that The Foundry have chosen fxphd to create and implement a curriculum to certify NUKE trainers. Over the years, we’ve successfully trained thousands of NUKE artists around the globe and developed the best ways of educating via the internet. It’s the perfect next step for us to train the trainers who teach NUKE artists on location.”

The program will begin on 1st May.

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Fxphd also offer courses in NUKE, MARI and STORM.

About The FoundryThe Foundry is a world-leading innovator in visual effects technologies. The UK-based company has established itself as a critical partner to major feature film studios and post production houses worldwide including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Studios, Weta Digital, The Moving Picture Company, Framestore and Digital Domain.

In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry’s development team for the FURNACE image processing suite.  The company's widely adopted, high-end compositing system NUKE is also based on AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology.

The Foundry is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects software. Its products have facilitated ambitious VFX sequences on numerous “must see” movies such as Avatar, Tron: Legacy, Alice in Wonderland, The King's Speech, 127 Hours and Black Swan.

The Foundry received a Distinguished Honoree medal in The 2010 International Business Awards (‘The Stevies’) as the Most Innovative Company of the Year in Europe.  The company was also listed among The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 and The Guardian’s 2010 Tech Media Invest Top 100.

In March 2011, The Carlyle Group invested a majority stake in The Foundry for an undisclosed sum, following the 2009 management buyout backed by Advent Venture Partners. The Foundry is a fast growing and highly profitable business, and is still run by its original management team led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the company's founders. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles.

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