Screenshot of good old SOFTIMAGE|3D with Jurassic park scene
Screenshot of good old SOFTIMAGE|3D with Jurassic park scene
SOFTIMAGE|3D Used in All Three Motion Pictures Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects; Softimage Founder Honored With Academy Award Plaque
Images from the Dec 1 2002 waybackmachine archive of xsibase
MONTREAL – Feb. 11, 1998 – Softimage Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., today announced that SOFTIMAGE®|3D was used for character animation in all three films nominated Feb. 10 in the category of Achievement in Visual Effects for the 70th annual Academy Awards. The special effects in “Lost World,” “Starship Troopers” and “Titanic” were made possible by the incredibly rich set of tools that SOFTIMAGE|3D provides for digital artists.
Industrial Light & Magic used SOFTIMAGE|3D to terrify and delight audiences with realistic animated dinosaurs in “Lost World”; Tippet Studios created futuristic ‘bugs’ with it for “Starship Troopers”; and Digital Domain made use of the software to create hundreds of digitally animated passengers aboard “Titanic.” The nominees were chosen from the Academy short list of seven films. The four other films under consideration – “Batman and Robin,” “Contact,” “The Fifth Element” and “Men in Black” – also took advantage of SOFTIMAGE|3D to create an amazing array of fantastic effects and character animation.
“This has been an exciting year for us at Softimage, and we’re thrilled that so many of our customers are being recognized by the Academy,” said Softimage President Moshe Lichtman. “Digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|3D have continually broken new ground in creativity and quality. The power of SOFTIMAGE|3D is stunningly portrayed in the special effects brought to life in these films.”
The winning film will be announced at the Academy Award ceremony, televised from Los Angeles on Monday, March 23, 1998, at 7 p.m. PST.
Softimage Technology Lauded by Academy
Softimage congratulates its founder, Daniel Langlois, who – along with Rejean Gagné, Richard Laperriere and Dominique Boisvert – received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy on Jan. 7, 1998. This award honors outstanding contributions that have made a technological impact on the film industry. Langlois, Gagné, Laperriere and Boisvert received the Academy plaque for creating the Actor component of the SOFTIMAGE|3D computer animation system. This component provided breakthroughs in animation control and efficiency that led to the widespread use of Softimage in visual effects and animation production through the introduction of Inverse Kinematics into the animation industry.
SOFTIMAGE|3D, the flagship of the Softimage product line, has consistently set the benchmarks for fully integrated professional 3-D modeling, animation and rendering software. The choice of professionals who demand the highest-quality content, Softimage has consistently raised the bar from which other systems are measured. “Sumatra” is Softimage’s revolutionary, next-generation 3-D software. It is the world’s first non-linear animation system, extending the current work flow of 3-D animation more fluidly into the overall production process.
Founded in 1986, Softimage develops software for media-rich applications including video, film, interactive games and CD-ROM applications. Products include SOFTIMAGE|DS (video production); SOFTIMAGE|3D (3-D animation); SOFTIMAGE|EDDIE (compositing) and Toonz (2-D cel animation). The company was acquired in 1994 by Microsoft. Additional information about Softimage and Microsoft can be found via the Internet at (http://www.softimage.com/) and http://www.microsoft.com/, respectively.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.
SOFTIMAGE|3D screenshot from 1997. Shows the ToonAssistant. Note the logged-in user (micharia).
I find it interesting that the User name is shown on the status line. I suppose that is part of Softimage’s
SOFIMAGE|3D screenshots for Motherdroid, from CG WORLD December 2000
Screenshots originally posted on softimage.jp:
Other screenshots I found on a blog:
And finally, the MEKARATE video that includes the MotherDroid.
Mekarate, directed and produced by Hiroyasu Shimo, was part of the SIGGRAPH 2003 Computer Animation Festival. It focuses on an inept office worker who is haunted by a self-destructive wish and plagued with anti-social behavior.
The late Emru Townsend wrote this about MEKARATE:
On the other hand, Hiroyasu Shimo’s Mekarate eschews nature entirely; an office worker nods off at his computer late at night, and has disquieting dreams—only to awaken to find that there are worse things happening in the waking world, with much more in store for him. Contemporary Japanese anime and cinema directors have a singular talent for depicting alienation, and this film practically reeks of it, amid all the horrific biomechanical creatures that torment the lead character. Distressing audio and a visual aesthetic that faithfully mimics a handheld video recording contribute to make Mekarate so disturbing you can’t look away.
Art is Self-Expression
It’s the artist, not the tools. It’s the process involved in
realizing a creative idea, not the CAD-accurate modeling
or the obligatory check-off feature list.
Discover why SOFTIMAGE|3D is used by the world’s greatest
Digital Artists to produce critically-acclaimed animation in
television, games, and feature films. Make contact.
Hmmm…last Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Microsoft purchase of Softimage (15 Feb 1994). I really missed it on that one. Now I’ll have to wait for the 20th anniversary; hopefully I’ll still be doing Friday Flashbacks this time next year.
Anyways, on to this week’s flashback…From Jurassic Park (1993) to Gladiator (2001), a “representative sample” of motion pictures created with Softimage products.
|Jurassic Park 3||Industrial Light & Magic||2001|
|The Mummy Returns||2001|
|Shadows||Mitch Levine Director||2000|
|Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace||Industrial Light & Magic||2000|
|X-MEN||Pacific Ocean Post||2000|
|Fight Club||Pixel Liberation Front & BUF||1999|
|Forces of Nature||Dreamworks Pictures||1999|
|Galaxy Quest||Industrial Light & Magic||1999|
|Stuart Little||Centropolis FX||1999|
|Antz||Pacific Data Images & Dreamworks Pictures||1998|
|Babe: Pig in the City||Animal Logic||1998|
|Deep Impact||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Deep Rising||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas||Peerless Camera||1998|
|Flubber||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Jack Frost||Industrial Light & Magic and Warner Bros||1998|
|Jurassic Park 2||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Lost in Space||Framestore||1998|
|Meet Joe Black||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|My Favorite Martian||Tippett Studio||1998|
|Prince of Egypt||Dreamworks Pictures||1998|
|Saving Private Ryan||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Small Soldiers||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Snake Eyes||Industrial Light & Magic||1998|
|Species II||Digital Magic & Transfer||1998|
|The Thin Red Line||Animal Logic||1998|
|What Dreams May Come||Pacific Ocean Post||1998|
|A Simple Wish||Blue Sky||1997|
|Air Force One||Cinesite||1997|
|Alien Resurrection||Blue Sky – VIFX||1997|
|An American Werewolf in Paris||Santa Barbara Studios||1997|
|Anastasia||Fox Animation Studio||1997|
|Batman and Robin||BUF Compagnie||1997|
|Contact||Sony Pictures Imageworks and Weta Ltd.||1997|
|Men in Black||Industrial Light & Magic||1997|
|Mortal Kombat:Annihilation||The Digital Magic||1997|
|Spawn||Industrial Light & Magic||1997|
|Speed 2||Industrial Light & Magic||1997|
|Starship Troopers||Tippett Studio||1997|
|Star Wars Trilogy||Industrial Light & Magic||1997|
|The Edge||Peerless Camera||1997|
|The Fifth Element||Digital Domain||1997|
|The Lost World||Industrial Light & Magic||1997|
|101Dalmations||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|12 Monkeys||Peerless Camera||1996|
|Dragonheart||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|Joe’s Apartment||Blue Sky||1996|
|Mars Attack!||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|Mission Impossible||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|Space Jam||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|Star Trek:First Contact||Industrial Light & Magic||1996|
|Surviving Picasso||Peerless Camera||1996|
|The Adventures ofPinocchio||MediaLab||1996|
|The Frighteners||Weta Ltd.||1996|
|The Island of Dr. Moreau||Digital Domain||1996|
|Casper||Industrial Light & Magic||1995|
|Jumanji||Industrial Light & Magic||1995|
|La Cite des Enfants Perdus||BUF Compagnie||1995|
|Star Trek:Generations||Industrial Light & Magic||1994|
|The Flinstones||Industrial Light & Magic||1994|
|The Mask||Industrial Light & Magic||1994|
|The Shadow||R/Greenberg & Associates||1994|
|Death Becomes Her||Industrial Light & Magic||1993|
|Jurassic Park||Industrial Light & Magic||1993|