Autodesk at the Movies: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Autodesk at the Movies: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Great movies are defined by great stories and increasingly, great storytelling is being empowered by digital technology.

the hobbitAutodesk has played a pivotal role in the creation of some of the most iconic and breathtaking movie imagery over the past two decades. From large post-production studios to small boutique houses, talented artists across the globe use Autodesk visual effects (VFX) software such as Autodesk 3dsMax, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Flame, Autodesk MotionBuilder etc. to create stunning movies and television content.

Infact, Autodesk media and entertainment software has played a key role in making of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ film series which comprised of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. This year ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ was nominated for the Best Visual Effects Movies award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and used Autodesk visual effects (VFX) software such as Maya and MotionBuilder.

Thus, it is not so surprising that the last sequel in the Hobbit series – ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is Hollywood’s most anticipated movie of the year. Leading visual effects house that worked on this movie was Weta Digital from APAC.

Some of Autodesk popular visual effects (VFX) software used in film-making include:

  • Autodesk® Maya® 3D animation software offers a comprehensive creative feature set for 3D computer animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing on a highly extensible production platform.
  • Autodesk® MotionBuilder® is a 3D character animation software for virtual production enabling artists to more efficiently manipulate and refine data with greater reliability. Capture, edit, and play back complex character animation in a highly responsive, interactive environment, and work with a display optimized for both animators and directors.
  • Autodesk® 3ds Max® software provides a comprehensive 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing solution for games, film, and motion graphics artists.
  • Autodesk® Flame®: Is an innovative tool set for 3D visual effects, advanced graphics, and 3D compositing

Autodesk’s Role in Media and Entertainment:

  • The past 19 winners of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Film used Autodesk solutions including block busters like Gravity, Life of Pi, Hugo and Avatar.
  • Autodesk technology and our employees have been recognized 7 times by the Academy of Motion Picture.

Best Visual Effects Movies 2014:

For the 19th consecutive year, every film nominated for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award was shaped with Autodesk digital filmmaking tools. This year’s Academy Award nominees continued to push digital imagery to new heights—from intricate and complex computer-generated characters to pyrotechnical marvels to invisible effects so realistic they deceive the eye. Infact all the five nominees used Autodesk software. Together these five movies contained over 7,000 computer generated visual effects shots, created by thousands of artists working at 42 visual effects studios in 10 countries.

Autodesk software used:

  • Gravity (Maya, MotionBuilder, Softimage, Flame Premium)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Maya, MotionBuilder)
  • Iron Man 3 (Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, Flame)
  • The Lone Ranger (Maya, 3ds Max, Flame)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (Maya, 3ds Max)

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