Inhance Digital Creates VFX from Concept to Completion with LightWave
In fact, an Inhance artist who uses 3DS Max sat next to Robison, looking over his shoulder as he worked in LightWave. "He was absolutely blown away at how quickly and easily I made some really complicated geometry for a project we were both working on," he recalls. As for the client, "they can literally see their new helicopter flying its first mission before it ever comes off the assembly line! What we produce for them helps them get funding, fill orders, and promote their products on an international stage."
For Robison, LightWave was the obvious choice for innovative 3D projects at Inhance Digital and throughout his career. A rich combination of talent, drive, and technology tools have propelled the company forward, and to the top of their game in the production of eye-catching, jaw-dropping visual effects.
Over the years, Inhance has ramped up its portfolio of service offerings and taken the company from a single seat of LightWave to 15 seats. "As for workflow, LightWave is easy to manage," Robison insists. "It is so easy to add more seats as we grow, and we never have to worry about render licenses or third-party renderers. When we get a new build of LightWave, I can (and I do) update the entire render farm myself, from my workstation in about five minutes. The I.T. guys here absolutely love me for that!"
Workflow is further streamlined in LightWave version 10.1, which adds linear workflow options and myriad other new features. "When used correctly, you can achieve better and more realistic falloff to lighting," he says of LightWave’s linear workflow capabilities. "And we can keep our entire workflow in the same color space as the plates we get from production."
"I know this software backwards and forwards," he admits. "I can be presented with a challenge, and almost instantly know how LightWave can get me to the finish line."
Inhance Digital—having just expanded its offices, now spanning roughly14,000 square feet—plans to push its number of LightWave seats from 15 to 25. "Inhance will, by the end of this year, employ around 100 artists, programmers, producers, and support staff," Robison enthuses. "We plan to expand into film, as well as do more and more TV work—onward and upward!"
Inhance Digital has come a long way in a short time, and LightWave will continue to be there alongside its artists every step of the way.
Visit the Inhance web site at www.inhance.com, www.inhancevfx.com or www.inhancebiomed.com.
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