Autodesk, the ‘stealth’ winner at the Oscars

  • All five films nominated for best VFX used its software
  • Also wins Technical Emmy for Autodesk MotionBuilder
Autodesk, the ‘stealth’ winner at the Oscars

AUTODESK Inc received a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award (Sci-Tech Award) for Shotgun RV from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a Technical Emmy for Autodesk MotionBuilder from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Not only that, but in the Best Visual Effects category of the recently-concluded Academy Awards, all five nominees – Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road (pic above), The Martian, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – were created with help from Autodesk Maya and Shotgun Software, and in some cases, additional Autodesk technology, the company said in a statement.
“Film and television artistry is at an all-time high, and we’re proud that our technology continues to play a part in top Oscar-nominated features,” said Autodesk senior vice president Chris Bradshaw.
“To top off our 21-year record, receiving both a Sci-Tech Award and Technical Emmy has made this one of the most memorable awards seasons yet,” he added.

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For the five films nominated for Best Visual Effects, thousands of talented artists worked out of 32 visual effects studios across five continents, with work spanning previsualisation, visual effects, virtual cinematography, post-production and colour grading, Autodesk said in its statement.
Every year, the Academy hosts a special awards ceremony in honour of individuals whose achievements “demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.”
“With their outstanding, innovative work, these technologists, engineers and inventors have further expanded filmmakers’ creative opportunities on the big screen,” Richard Edlund, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, said in an official statement.
This year, Jim Hourihan, Alan Trombla, and Seth Rosenthal received a Technical Achievement Award for the design and development of the Tweak Software RV system, a media player system now included with Shotgun.
In past years, Autodesk scientists, designers and technologies have been recognised eight times in the Academy’s Sci-Tech Award ceremonies.
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