Imageworks, Foundry to Share Technology

Sony Pictures Imageworks and software makers The Foundry have teamed up to share their visual effects and digital production technology.

The deal gives The Foundry access to Katana, Sony’s 2-D/3-D lighting technology, while Sony will incorporate Foundry’s compositing package Nuke to its pipeline.

The companies also plan to work together on updates and new discoveries.

‘Sharing software with a progressive company like The Foundry is an important step for both of our companies,’ said Rob Bredow, chief technology officer of Sony Pictures Imageworks. ‘First, it enables Imageworks to provide the best compositing tools to our artists today by adopting Nuke widely into our VFX and animation workflows. And second, The Foundry has a proven track record of taking production proven software and turning it into industry-leading solutions. We’re looking forward to collaborating with The Foundry to help create the next generation of tools leveraging the best of our mutual technologies.’

‘It’s highly unusual for software or post production companies to share technologies and that’s what makes our new relationship with Sony Pictures Imageworks so special,’ says Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry. ‘There are some exciting ideas we can explore over the coming years, building on Imageworks’ Katana technology and The Foundry’s customer-driven product focus for Nuke to deliver the next generation of compositing software.’