March 1 2004 - ZBrush A Key Component of Weta Digital's Modeling Pipeline
Los Angeles, CA - March 1, 2004 - Pixologic Inc. today announced that its award-winningZBrush software contributed significantly to Weta Digital's modeling pipeline in the creation of the Academy Award®-winning "Lord of the RingsTM: The Return Of The KingTM".
Providing flexibility, speed and innovations in high-resolution sculpting, ZBrush helped Weta’s modeling team save money and time by building digital maquette’s in place of scanned physical sculptures.
Matt Aitken, Digital Models Supervisor at WETA explains:
“Pixologic's ZBrush was trialed by Weta Digital's modeling department early in our post-
"The revolutionary nature of ZBrush leads to Weta Digital creating a new approach to modeling hero creatures, digital doubles and props for film 3 in the trilogy. Throughout our work on "Lord of the Rings" we have been extracting displacement maps from high- resolution geometry. For films 1 and 2 we were obliged to use 3D scans of physical maquette to obtain this high resolution geometry, a time consuming and expensive process, because software didn't exist that could sculpt geometric detail to the level required."
"Now with ZBrush that software is available and in many cases we are replacing the maquette scan with a "digital maquette" that is sculpted on the computer. With support for interactively updating models of up to 4 million faces, we are now able to add details such as muscle and fat definition, skin and cloth wrinkles, and surfaces such as rock, cast iron, and weathered timber." "Without the delay and cost of sculpting and scanning a physical maquette we have more time to refine the look of our models, and the software has the necessary flexibility to work in a production environment with changes to art direction and the level of detail required."
WETA DIGITAL has been instrumental in testing ZBrush's upcoming version. Using a combination of ZBrush’s currently-available modeling and texturing tools, as well as new features and enhancements, Weta Digital has developed high-quality models for animating in NEW LINE® Cinema's Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This collaboration will help all users, as these features will become part of Pixologic's soon to be released version.
“We wish to congratulate Weta Digital, and we are thrilled that ZBrush could contribute to their outstanding success. Our product has benefited greatly from the feedback we received from them during the testing process. New features have been introduced and refined which make ZBrush an extremely powerful tool for high-end detail 3D modelers. We look forward to continuing collaborations with them.” adds Ofer Alon - Pixologic CTO.
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