Side Effects Software applauds C.O.R.E. Feature Animation on their ground-breaking work on Disney The Wild. This CG animated film is the culmination of over three years of creativity and hard work by the production team at C.O.R.E. As partners in production, Side Effects Software had the privilege of working with C.O.R.E. throughout this project, seeing first-hand the high quality of animation as it was being delivered.
‘It wonderful to see The Wild on the big screen.’ says Kim Davidson, President and CEO, Side Effects Software. ‘Working with C.O.R.E. has always been a great experience for us but watching them use Houdini for an all-CG animated film has been especially rewarding.’
For over a decade, C.O.R.E. has been successful working on numerous films and television shows, but The Wild is the studio first animated feature film. In only a few weeks, they had to create a feature film pipeline from the ground up and begin producing shots. As technology partners, Side Effects Software played a key role in the development of this Houdini-based pipeline. From character rigging and animation to lighting, virtually every frame has been touched by Houdini.
Side Effects Software also wants to congratulate its dedicated team of on-site programmers and support staff for providing C.O.R.E. with technical support, custom tools and training solutions when it was needed most. Their dedication helped C.O.R.E. create a pipeline that was the ideal mix of custom tools and off-the-shelf software.
‘We worked together to develop processes that made the pipeline more efficient,’ says Edward Lam, Senior Software Developer, Side Effects Software. ‘We took a proactive approach and solved production challenges before they were encountered.’
As a result of having programmers on-site, Side Effects Software was able to add exciting, new, production-proven features to Houdini such as Digital Assets, Flipbook blocking, Attribute Transfer, UV Pelting, and more.
‘The Houdini community is going to be really excited to see how Houdini is used in this movie,’ says Davidson. ‘Now everyone will get to see how deep Houdini really can go.’
The Houdini family of animation software offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning technology. The comprehensive feature set includes modeling, animation, character tools, particle and channel operations, compositing, integrated rendering with Houdini Mantra, and much more. All Houdini applications work together seamlessly and are available for the Windows, Linux, IRIX and Solaris operating systems. Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation in blockbuster films, including ‘X 2: X-Men United,’ ‘Daredevil,’ “Spider-Man,” “XXX,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “X-Men” and “The Matrix,” among many others. www.sidefx.com
About Side Effects Software
Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D and 2D graphics and special effects software for use in film, broadcast and game development. Today, Side Effects Software leads the field of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning Houdini technology. Houdini is used by numerous digital content creation leaders including Digital Domain, DreamWorks SKG, Electronic Arts, Namco, Nickelodeon, Rhythm & Hues, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Weta Digital Ltd.
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