DreamWorks Animation Adds Mari to its Arsenal

DreamWorks Animation has purchased a site license of Mari to enhance its in-house pipeline, and has already begun using the digital paint tool from The Foundry on some of its upcoming productions. The announced DreamWorks slate consists of: Puss In Boots (Nov. 4); Madagascar 3 (June 8, 2012); Rise of the Guardians (Nov. 21, 2012); The Croods (March 1, 2013); Turbo (June 7, 2013); Me and My Shadow (Nov. 8, 2013); Mr. Peabody & Sherman (March 21, 2014); and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014).

Mari allows artists to concentrate on painting detailed, multi-layered textures directly onto 3D models in a fluid and natural way. Mari was originally conceived because no existing commercial product could handle the complex, highly detailed development work required for 3D painting.

Darin Grant, head of production technology at DreamWorks Animation said, “We have a number of ambitious projects in our pipeline and we need to make sure we have the best technological tools in the industry.  Mari provides us with an interactive and intuitive workflow for 3D painting that helps our surfacing and matte painting artists to achieve that ambition…”

“We’re delighted that after a vigorous evaluation of Mari they’ve taken the decision to deploy it across their studios,” added Jack Greasley, Mari product manager of The Foundry. “This is a vote of confidence in Mari from a proven leader in the industry, and helps position Mari as the new industry standard for digital paint.”

Mari 1.3 is available on Linux and Windows. To find out more visit http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/mari/.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, Tech

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