DreamWorks Renders Sharkslayer with Mental Ray

DreamWorks SKG and rendering software producer mental images signed a multi-year software license and custom support agreement that provides DreamWorks with mental images’s mental ray rendering software for use in the upcoming animated comedy Sharkslayer, scheduled for release in 2004.

DreamWorks first integrated mental ray into its production piopeline after a series of rigorous tests in 2002. Under the new agreement, DreamWorks will also have access to the developer versions of the mental ray rendering and mental matter modeling libraries.

“We chose mental ray for its technical sophistication and its unsurpassed ability to produce realistic lighting," says Jim Mainard, head of software at DreamWorks Animation. "DreamWorks artists and engineers are employing this technology towards the ambitious creative goals of Sharkslayer to create the most visually compelling environments audiences have ever seen. It’s clear that mental images is committed to providing and supporting technology for high-end filmmakers.”

The first computer animated feature film to be produced entirely at DreamWorks Animation’s facility in Glendale, California, Sharkslayer is an underwater mob comedy starring the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Martin Scorsese, among others.

The Developers of mental ray recently received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the 75th Academy Awards on March 1, 2003.