MAXON Aids Express Trip to Theaters

Software developer MAXON dropped us a line telling us about the instrumental role its products had in the creation of Warner Bros.’ computer-generated holiday feature, The Polar Express. Visual effects juggernaut Sony Pictures Imageworks relied heavily on MAXON’s BodyPaint 3D and CINEMA 4D software in bringing Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning children’s book to the big screen.

The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis, is the first CG feature in which MAXON and its 3D graphics packages were directly involved. Since its first introduction nearly two years ago, MAXON’s BodyPaint 3D software has become the tool of choice for the texture-mapping artists at Imageworks. CINEMA 4D, a more recent addition, was used by Imageworks matte painters in creating photorealistic, 3D landscapes and environments for the film.

Ivo Horvat, matte painting supervisor on The Polar Express, comments “MAXON is serious about its artist-oriented philosophy, and they have completely transformed our workflow for 2 1/2D and 3D matte paintings as a result. While the 3D option has always been one we have used in the past, we are now able to output complex shots with a speed I had never seen previously in my experience.”

MAXON’s products have also been used in the recent feature film releases King Arthur, Spider-Man 2 and Hero, among others. More information can be found at