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Shotgun Opens Entries for 2018 Pipeline Awards

Honors will recognize top pipeline tools, standout individuals and trick shots.

Shotgun Software’s ‘Pipeline Awards’ are open for submissions.

LOS ANGELES -- Shotgun Software is accepting entries for its annual Pipeline Awards.

Returning for a fifth year, the Pipeline Awards honor outstanding tools and individuals that make pipelines more manageable for studios of all sizes. In addition to the Pipeline Shotty Awards, recognizing top pipeline tools, and the Pipeline Hero Awards for standout individuals, this year introduces a new category: Pipeline Trick Shots, to recognize use of Shotgun in crazy, outrageous and unusual ways.

Winners will be announced during this year’s SIGGRAPH Conference, taking place Aug. 12-16 in Vancouver.

Nominations should be submitted online by July 6 for consideration. Eligible winners may use technologies other than Shotgun. Tools may include solutions in development, integration, engineering, or usage. Pipeline heroes not only improve their own studios, but also regularly share best practices and tools with the wider industry, and Shotgun trick shots showcase insane and awesome things achieved in Shotgun whether or not they have any practical production application.

Last year’s awards went to DreamWorks Animation for the SWATV Credits Tool designed to streamline credits by tracking and spell checking names and titles of thousands of people across the organization; Visual Concepts for the NBA 2K17 facial animation pipeline, which automates tasks like tracking video, solving data, format conversion, review and approval handling thousands of daily tasks; and Psyop for Cryptomatte, a tool that automatically creates ID mattes using information already available at render time including names, object namespaces and material names.

Source: Shotgun Software

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