Autodesk Celebrates Oscar Nominees

Autodesk once again played a key role in the Oscar-contending movies and was honored by the Academy for Mudbox and FiLMBOX (the foundation of MotionBuilder) with a certificate and a Plaque.

Best Live-Action Short
As a favor to an old friend, Mark Gill, writer and director of The Voorman Problem, three artists in the Autodesk London office volunteered their post-production expertise for the Oscar-nominated best live-action short, which is available on iTunes, Amazon and Pay-Per-View. The whimsical dark comedy about a man who believes he’s a god stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit and TV’s Sherlock) and Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”).

“Working with the Autodesk team on the Flame program is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I didn’t know you could do stuff like this. That’s the great thing about filmmaking, it’s a constant collaboration,” said Mark Gill. Autodesk’s Darren Brooker, the post-production supervisor on the short added, “All we set out to do was help Mark make this film as good as it could possibly be.” More than 45 festivals worldwide have played the film, which also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film in 2013.

Best Visual Effects
In the Best Visual Effects category, all five film nominees — Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, and Star Trek Into Darkness — used Autodesk software to bring their stories to life. Together these five movies contained more than 7,000 computer generated visual effects shots, created by thousands of artists working at 42 visual effects studios in 10 countries, a testament to the power of technology, not only to create what has never been seen before, but to bringing great talent, from around the world, together toward a single creative goal.

Autodesk software also played a role in the creation of a number of other movies nominated this year including–Best Animated Features: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, and The Wind Rises. Best Animated Shorts: Get a Horse, Mr. Hublot, and Room on the Broom. And eight of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Movies, Oscar, previs, Shorts, Sound, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

One Response to Autodesk Celebrates Oscar Nominees

  1. Jan Harlan

    “The Voorman Problem” – simply wonderful, writer, director and Martin Freeman are great, but there is no mention of equally wonderful Tom Hollander – he may not be God…still….

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