Massive Software in European Tour with Pixar Hosted by Escape Studios

Massive Software is hitting the road in May with stops in London, Newscastle and the fmx/07 conference in Stuttgart, Germany.

Hosted by Escape Studios in London, the events will demystify the working processes between Massive, the AI-driven animation system software and Pixar's RenderMan rendering powerhouse.

Massive's technical demonstration will be presented by Artaya Boonsong, the visual effects and animation industry manager. Boonsong's credits as an animator and lead technical director include CRASH, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, THE HUMAN STAIN, CHARLIE'S ANGELS II, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION and RAY.

Escape Studios' creative technical director, Scott Eaton, will be demonstrating RenderMan. He has been working in computer graphics for 10 years, dividing his time between research and development, visualization and production. His client list includes The Mill, Sony Computer Ent., Microsoft Games Studios and Pixar. He regularly gives lectures on the digital arts and has spoken at the Tate Modern Museum, Annecy Animation Festival and SIGGRAPH.

In addition, a special guest speaker from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay Bakshi, groom lead on the upcoming Disney/Pixar film, RATATOUILLE, will be discussing his work on the film, set to release on June 29.

"The U.K. and central Europe have always been great markets for us and we look forward to showcasing Massive's latest features and interoperability with RenderMan to this very talented community," said Diane Holland, ceo, Massive Software. "Escape Studios has been a valued channel partner for us and we're thrilled that they're hosting us along with Pixar on this European tour."

Event dates and details:

* GermanyMay 4 at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pmfmx, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart

* LondonMay 8 at 6:15 pmPrince Charles Cinema, London W1

* NewcastleMay 9 at 7:00 pmLocation TBD

For further information, or to register for any of these events, please send an email to: tour@escapestudios.co.uk.

Escape Studios (www.escapestudios.co.uk) is a hub for 3D animation and visual effects expertise. It has built its reputation delivering software, training, new talent and outsourcing to the computer graphics industries. Professional clients include The Mill, Aardman Animations, BBC, Sony Computer Ent. Europe, Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games and Nissan.

New Zealand-based Massive Software (www.massivesoftware.com) 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. Regelous garnered a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004.