Leading software developer The Foundry has announced the launch of COLLECTIVES, two sets of award-winning applications that bring added collaboration, efficiency and productivity to design and digital media production professionals.
The Creation and Production COLLECTIVES are packages of products that offer open, future-proof workflows developed to increase efficiency, productivity and collaboration opportunities for designers and artists. The COLLECTIVES are sold together at cost-effective price points and are designed for single seat use.
The Creation COLLECTIVE features digital 3D visualization, modeling, animation, painting, playback and integration tools in a single license. The package includes MODO – the next generation 3D content creation package; MARI – the 3D, fluid and flexible paint tool; and HIEROPLAYER – a desktop review tool that provides a multi-track review timeline.
The Production COLLECTIVE also includes MODO and MARI for media production professionals, as well as NUKEX, the industry-standard advanced, node-based compositing package, and HIERO, a complete shot management, conform, edit and review solution. This range of toolsets enables 3D digital modeling, animation, paint, effects, playback, editorial and shot management, under the banner of one software license.
Andy Whitmore, Chief Product Officer, The Foundry, says: “The COLLECTIVES offer a new way for people to use our tools. Over the years we’ve built up what we consider to be a strong toolbox for the creative industry. Now that we’ve reached a point where we have a set of complementary products that each individually play an integral part in the content creation process, we want to offer artists and designers the chance to take advantage of that workflow at an affordable price.”
Jeff Jasper, Digital FX Supervisor / Technical Lead at New Deal Studios comments: “The Foundry’s Production Collective provides the perfect set of tools for an artist to handle everything from editorial to delivery. It is a true studio in a box at a great price.”
East London based studio The Operators has been using the Production COLLECTIVE for the past month, creating the explanatory video for the new products.
Andy Antoniou, Creative Technology Director at The Operators comments: “Prior to starting pre-production on this film, we were worried about taking on such a huge challenge with software that was mostly unfamiliar to us. Honestly though, we had nothing to worry about. The software is a breath of fresh air. We didn't realise that MODO could do so much, and the integration between each piece of software in the Collective is fantastic! It wasn't at all hard to integrate the tools in our pipeline.”
For more information on the Creation COLLECTIVE or Production COLLECTIVE, please visit http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/collectives
About The Foundry
The Foundry develops award-winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) software used globally by leading artists, designers and creative professionals. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical high-end visuals across a wide range of industries including product and concept design, marketing & advertising, media & entertainment and game development.
In September 2012, The Foundry added MODO, a 3D software package that combines modeling, painting, animation and rendering, to its portfolio. In addition to MODO, the product line includes NUKE (industry standard compositing), HIERO (shot conform and review), MARI (3D digital painting), KATANA (a look development and lighting framework), FLIX (collaborative visual story development), OCULA (a stereoscopic correction toolset) as well as a range of plug-ins.
In the design world, MODO enables the creation of a huge variety of things from products and advertising material to games assets, animation projects and beyond.
All of the company’s products, including MODO, are used to created create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of features, television projects and commercials. High profile examples include Gravity, Pacific Rim, World War Z, The Hobbit and the 2013 Oscar® winner, Life of Pi (Best Visual Effects). In television examples include Once Upon A Time, Falling Skies, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.
Clients include major feature film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
In 2013, The Foundry made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the fourth consecutive year, ranking in 92nd position. This year, the company has also been shortlisted for categories in the UK Tech Awards and the National Business Awards. The Foundry’s CEO Bill Collis was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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