Weta Digital Ltd Chooses Mudbox for Film Projects

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The Academy Award-winning visual effects facility uses Mudbox for digital sculpting, detailing and designing in 3D.

Skymatter Ltd, a high-end provider of 3D software tools, today announced that Mudbox, Skymatter's advanced 3D sculpting software, is being used by Weta Digital Ltd as part of the company's VFX pipeline.

Weta Digital, one of the world's premier visual effects and computer animation companies, chose Mudbox because of the accessibility and power of its toolset.

"With its great, intuitive user interface and the speed with which it processes very large geometric datasets Mudbox quickly became an intrinsic part of the hero digital modeling pipeline at Weta Digital," said Matt Aitken, visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital. "Mudbox is a next generation tool for digital modeling: its support for local subdivision and hard drive streaming of data allows the artist to work in very fine detail, and the ability to isolate separate aspects of a model's surface detail into layers facilitates the design process in a production environment."

Several of Weta Digital's recent credits include: "King Kong", "X-Men: The Last Stand", "Eragon" and "Bridge to Terabithia".

"We're pleased that Weta Digital uses Mudbox for digital sculpting, detailing and designing in 3D. Mudbox was born in production, and it is gratifying to see Mudbox continuing to be used at the highest levels of digital content creation," said Tibor Madjar, co-founder of Skymatter. "We also appreciate the expert feedback Weta artists have provided, which has proved valuable to our development teams."

About Weta Digital Ltd

Weta Digital is an Academy Award-winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand. Weta Digital offers world-class visual effects for international feature films and commercials. The company is best known for its visual effects work on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "King Kong". Most recently, Weta Digital has completed work on "Bridge to Terabithia", "Eragon" and "X-Men: The Last Stand".

About Skymatter Limited

Skymatter Limited is a 3D software company committed to providing real-world solutions for the high-end visual effects, game development, and design industries. The company founders, Tibor Madjar, Dave Cardwell, and Andrew Camenisch, are professional CG artists formerly with Weta Digital and Electronic Arts.

Skymatter's flagship product, Mudbox, is a groundbreaking 3D sculpting solution that is helping to redefine the world of digital content creation. Mudbox is a primary tool at many of the most notable film production and game development companies, including Weta Digital, Blur Studio, Cinesite, Naughty Dog (a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment), Tippett Studio, Epic Studios, The Orphanage, Radical Entertainment, and many others. Additional information about Skymatter Limited or Mudbox can be obtained at: http://www.mudbox3d.com/contactUs.html.

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