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[ February 14th 2002 ]

Alias/Wavefront, an SGI company, announced that its Maya 3D animation software was used in all three of the films representing an Oscar nomination in the category best visual effects. The films distinguished by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are: AI: Artificial Intelligence, Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Pearl Harbor.

According to Jon Labrie, chief technical officer at Weta Digital Ltd., Maya is their primary 3D application for the Lord of the Rings films. Referring to the creation of the computer-generated effects in the first film, Weta 3D Supervisor, Wayne Stables states: "We were up against some pretty tight time constraints, but we knew we'd be able to rely on Maya to get the work done on time. It's a very reliable, mature package."

In addition to providing the computer graphics technology behind all the films nominated in the "best visual effects' category, Alias/Wavefront's Maya was used to help produce the eye-catching computer animation in two of the three films nominated in the new Oscar category "best animated feature." The films nominated in this category that made use of Maya are: Monsters, Inc. and Shrek.

The winners of these two categories will be announced at the Annual Academy Awards Presentation on March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This year is the Academy's 74th Annual Oscar Presentation.

Alias/Wavefront's Maya software is the world's leading professional 3D animation and effects package for the film, broadcast, video, game development, 3D web and location-based entertainment markets. It has been used in almost every film nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the category "best visual effects" since its inception six years ago including: Titanic, The Matrix and What Dreams May Come. Currently it is being used on such ground-breaking projects as: The Matrix II, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Tomb Raider (game) and Superman (game).

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