Wed 12th Feb 2003 | News
Discreet has announced that all nominated films for the Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects used Discreet's industry-leading inferno and flame visual effects compositing systems. The Oscar nominated films The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spider-Man, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - represent the tremendous creative skill of today's digital artists, and the advanced capabilities of the visual effects technology that they employ. For the last eight years, Discreet technology has been a part of more than 95 percent of the nominated films for best visual effects, including last year's winner, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The films and post-production facilities nominated for achievement for best visual effects are:
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - WETA Digital, Oktobor and Sony Pictures Imageworks
Including CGI generated characters, battle scenes and landscapes throughout the epic film, the Two Towers follows the continuous quest of Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship.
Spider-Man - Sony Pictures Imageworks
Based on the comic book super hero, Spider-Man provides a visually stunning glimpse into the world of Peter Parker as he swings from building to building in the Big Apple, attempting to save the world from the Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch-enemy.
Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones - Industrial Light & Magic
With approximately 70 minutes of animation done in the film, Star Wars: Episode II, is a visual effects masterpiece, with digitally animated battle scenes and 3D characters that will be remembered for generations.
Discreet also congratulates Tomek Baginski of Platige Image (Poland) - nominated for "The Cathedral" in the category of Best Animated Short Film. The first-time Oscar nominee used Discreet 3ds max and character studio software to make his animated short. This is the second year a 3D animation artist using Discreet 3ds max software has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film (2001-"Fifty Percent Grey" Ruairi Robinson and Seamus Byrne).
The 75th Annual Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2002 will air on ABC network television, Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (8:30 p.m. EDT).