3D character animation and motion capture solutions provider Kaydara announced that Oscar-winning visual effects and animation house Sony Pictures Imageworks has purchased multiple Kaydara MOTIONBUILDER and MOCAP systems. MOTIONBUILDER, a real-time 3D character animation software package, will be an integral component of Imageworks’ production pipeline.
In a release, Sony Pictures Imageworks senior systems engineer Ted Alexandre notes that many of the studio’s upcoming films will employ motion capture and CG to mimic actual live actor performances, and believes that MOTIONBUILDER will be an essential and time-saving resource for animators.
In addition to winning the Best Animated Short Oscar for The ChubbChubbs!, Sony Pictures Imageworks received Academy Award nominations for its effects work on Spider-Man, The Hollow Man, Stuart Little and Starship Troopers. The studio is currently in production on The Matrix Reloaded, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Matchstick Men, Bad Boys II, Seabiscuit, The Polar Express, Haunted Mansion, Big Fish and The Amazing Spider-Man.