Thu 20th Feb 2003 | News
3ds max artist Tomek Baginski of Platige Image (Poland) has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category for "The Cathedral". His first Oscar nomination, Baginski spent 15 months working on "The Cathedral" using Discreet 3ds max and character studio software to realize his creative vision.
"The Cathedral" tells the story of a pilgrim arriving at a strange, forest-like cathedral where he finds his presence there has a purpose he has not anticipated. With a limited team working on the project, Baginski and Platige Image created the animated short film relying on the professional modeling, animation and rendering tools in Discreet's 3ds max and character studio. Baginski won the 2002 SIGGRAPH Best Animated Short Award for "The Cathedral"-and was the cover feature of Computer Graphics World magazine in July 2002.
This is the second year in a row a 3D artist using Discreet animation software has been nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film. Ireland-based Ruairi Robinson was nominated for the 2001 Best Animated Short Oscar with his "Fifty Percent Grey" animation-proof that a single artist or small team of animators with a good story idea and 3ds max can create powerful and visually impacting stories that compete with, and share company with, large animation facilities with big teams, proprietary in-house software and larger budgets.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Television Network, Sunday, March 23, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EDT).