ILM Delivers Visual Effects Magic With Autodesk Software
In addition to "Star Trek" and "Transformers," an ILM team of 150-plus created 366 effects shots for "Terminator Salvation" using Maya and Inferno. "Autodesk software was integral to achieving the ambitious visual effects of 'Terminator Salvation' within the short production schedule," explained Ben Snow, ILM visual effects supervisor on the film. "Maya was the backbone for ILM's animation for all the Terminator robots and its flexibility has made it easy for us to integrate it with our proprietary software. Inferno was instrumental in the success of creating the digital Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 by allowing us to seamlessly blend the CG actor with the real body double," added Snow. "Inferno also provided the firepower, speed and flexibility we needed to create the challenging shots of the digital human T-800 being blasted with grenades and the resulting damage."
And in this summer's upcoming Harry Potter installment, 80 artists contributed 165 shots to the film using a combination of Maya and Inferno. The scope of ILM's work on the film includes extensive photorealistic fluid simulations of fire and water as well as crowd duplication scenes, including thousands of animated characters in a single shot. ILM is currently in production on Gore Verbinski's first animated feature, "Rango," James Cameron's "Avatar" and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" and plans to use a similar set of Autodesk tools.