Press Release from The Foundry
Walt Disney Animation Studios has licensed Nuke, the Sci-Tech Award-winning compositing technology from leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, and will utilize it in the production of its feature projects, it was announced today by Bill Collis, CEO, The Foundry. Disney will use The Foundry’s tools to help re-envision the way departments and workflow come together in creating animated films.
“We are excited that Walt Disney Animation Studios has chosen Nuke as its compositing tool of choice,” said Collis. “The boundaries of animation are constantly being pushed and workflows often have to mix the worlds of 2D and 3D in a surprisingly similar way to live-action production. Nuke’s 3D space and open API make it a strong candidate to integrate well and deliver regardless of the end product.”
“Nuke is a powerful and flexible program that has become the industry standard in compositing for films involving complex visual effects, and state-of-the-art computer animation,” said Dan Candela, director of technology for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “It provides the best available foundational toolset for making stereoscopic animated films. We’re thrilled to be able to adopt this advanced toolset.”
For over seven decades, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been the artistic and technical leader in creating a wide variety of animated motion pictures, ranging from breathtaking hand-drawn animation to state-of-the-art computer-animated features. Beginning with its groundbreaking first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hollywood’s first full-length animated feature, up through the release of Tangled in November, the Studio has become synonymous with quality entertainment and achieved a record number of milestones.
*ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
*For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel, and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live action films from DreamWorks Studios. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com  <http://www.disney.com> .
*ABOUT THE FOUNDRY
*The Foundry is a world-leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post-production.
The Foundry has a well-established client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as Warner Bros, The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. It is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects compositing.
In June 2009 The Foundry announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners. Advent backed The Foundry’s management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders. The Foundry is highly profitable and has more than doubled in size in the past two years.
The Foundry’s products support a wide range of award-winning host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Nuke, Shake and Final Cut Pro. 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 – and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system Nuke.
The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles. For more information please visit: www.thefoundry.co.uk .