Alias|Wavefront's Maya is Awarded Oscar® for Technical Achievement

Thu 16th Jan 2003 | News

Toronto, Canada –January 15, 2003– Alias|Wavefront™, an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, has been awarded an Oscar for its development of Maya® software, the professional 3D animation and effects package. Oscar recipients for scientific and technical achievements were announced earlier last week by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Used in almost every film nominated by the Academy in the category of "best visual effects" since its inception five years ago, Maya is the world's leading 3D animation, modeling and rendering tool for the film, broadcast, video, game development, 3D web and location-based entertainment markets. Most recently, Maya was employed extensively in such films as "Lord of the Rings™: The Two Towers™,""Spider-Man®,""Ice Age™,""Hollow Man™" and "Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones™."

"Maya has become the gold standard in 3D animation and today is used extensively in nearly every feature film requiring 3D computer-generated images," said Kevin Tureski, General Manager, Maya Engineering, Alias|Wavefront. "We're very proud of this recognition, and of the great work created by our customers that have made this possible. We consider ourselves privileged to work closely with companies such as Disney, DreamWorks, ILM, Pixar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta - they really challenge us with their beyond-state-of-the-art requirements. To have our innovation recognized with an Oscar is truly an incredible honour, and we are definitely looking forward to meeting continued challenges ahead."

The Oscar is the highest award the Academy can bestow, and is the same statuette that is presented during the main awards ceremony. Since 1930, only 38 Scientific and Technical achievements have been recognized with this level of award. The Academy's Board of Governors voted to award the Oscar, based upon recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, chaired by Richard Edlund.

While this is Alias|Wavefront's first time to receive an Oscar, employees previously have been honored by the Academy for achievements in the Scientific and Technical category. Recognition was bestowed upon: Jim Hourihan in 1996 for the primary design and development of the interactive language-based control of particle systems embodied in the Dynamation™ software package; William Kovacs in 1997 for his creative leadership; Roy Hall in 1997 for his principle engineering efforts that led to the Wavefront Advanced Visualizer™ computer graphics system; and John Gibson, Rob Krieger, Milan Novacek, Glen Ozymok and Dave Springer in 1997 for the development of the geometric modeling component of the Alias® PowerAnimator™ system.

The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards® will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Saturday evening, March 1, at the Regent® Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

About Alias|Wavefront
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias|Wavefront develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, and visualization markets. Entertainment and games customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Core Design Limited, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.

Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI® with headquarters in Toronto and custom development center in Santa Barbara.
Please visit the Alias|Wavefront web site at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Japan, 0120 764 088; other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 3470 8282 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.

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