Discreet Solution Claims 10th Consecutive Oscar VFX Showcase
Belma Abdicevic, lead compositor on RYAN, was responsible for lighting, compositing and rendering. Abdicevic said, "I've been using combustion software for five years now, and it was invaluable in the making of RYAN. The software was used for all compositing; it is one of the strongest and easiest-to-learn desktop compositing tools on the market. combustion software's renowned paint, color correction and motion blur tools were used extensively on RYAN. These tools helped us complete complicated shots in simple ways, such as the last shot in the bathroom where Chris looks in the mirror. The shot ends with a motion blur, effectively communicating emotion and transition to viewers. The color correction tools enabled us to achieve a dark mood in specific shots without compromising the short's quality."
GOPHER BROKE was created by Blur Studio of Venice, California, using Discreet's 3ds max modeling and animation software. The 3D film is styled in classic cartoon comedy tradition, telling the story of a hungry gopher that tries to pilfer a quick snack but soon discovers there's no such thing as a free lunch. The film was written and directed by Jeff Fowler, with Tim Miller serving as exec producer.
Miller, creative director at Blur Studio, said, "Discreet's 3ds max is the most well-rounded 3D modeling software available. It allows us to live our philosophy of efficiency and hyper-creativity. When we have new people join Blur Studio, even if they've never used 3ds max software before, they're up to speed, productive, and carrying a full workload in a few weeks. The tools in 3ds max software are so intuitive and easy to use that we have more time to be creative, as evidenced by GOPHER BROKE." Miller and his team have been using 3ds max software since Blur Studio formed 10 years ago.
In BIRTHDAY BOY, childhood innocence is contrasted with the realities of wartime. Set in 1951 Korea, a child plays alone in the village streets, imagining his father's life as a soldier on the frontline. When the child returns home, he finds a parcel that changes his life. All elements were composited with Discreet's flame system. BIRTHDAY BOY was written and directed by Sejong Park and produced by Andrew Gregory.
Discreet's (www.discreet.com) award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and delivery-across all disciplines from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, Web/interactive and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec, and is a division of Autodesk Inc. (www.autodesk.com), the leading design and digital media creation, management and distribution company from San Rafael, California.