realism of the Massive shots in The Return of the King has
set a new standard for large scale crowd scenes in motion
Peter Jackson's generosity of spirit and great vision has allowed
Massive to be shared with all filmmakers, and thus ensures the
continuation of its development after Lord of the Rings.
Our deepest gratitude and appreciation goes to Peter Jackson for
this great opportunity, and to the whole Weta team for their
incomparable work with the Massive software.
May 2004 - MASSIVE WIN AT 3D AWARDS
Innovative animation software Massive has won
the award for Technological Innovation at the 2nd Annual
International 3D Awards at the 3D Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Massive, developed for use in "The Lord of the Rings"
films, can be seen in action in the spectacular crowd scenes such
as the battle of Helm’s Deep in "The Two Towers", and
throughout the final film "The Return of the King",
including hundreds of shots in the incomparable end battle
The awards recognize all areas of the industry from digital visual
effects, animation and 3D design, to game development. Following
their introduction in 2003, the awards are a highly anticipated
event at the 3D Festival, one of Europe’s largest and foremost
events for digital technology, art, and design.
The technical achievement of Massive was also recognized by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with the presentation
of the prestigious Scientific and Engineering Award to developer
Stephen Regelous at this year’s ceremony held earlier this year.
This academy award essentially signals to the industry that
Massive is the premier software for generating crowd-related
visual effects. The Sci Tech award is only given after an arduous
process which compares its approach and quality of product to all
other software performing a similar function, which in this case
would be crowd simulations for feature films.
A committee of experts is assigned by the Academy to investigate
technologies to be considered for the awards and evaluate them
compared to others in the same field -- a process that can take in
excess of two months. The committee presents its findings to the
Academy Board of Governors who ultimately determines the level of
recognition each is to receive.
The Academy plaque and the 3D Award for Tech Innovation awarded to
Massive is indicative of its high level of achievement after only
a very short time. Past winners have enjoyed considerable success
following the award and continue to advance the industry in their
Jordi Bares of The Mill, who accepted the 3d Award on behalf of
the Massive team in Copenhagen, spoke to festival attendees about
this commercial success. "[Massive] have tested this product
in the most complex and challenging film project ever made. They
have raised the bar to a level that will be the standard in the
years to come", he commented, referring to Massive’s
integral involvement in New Line Cinema’s "The Lord of the
Coming up, animation created with Massive will be seen in "I,
Robot" from 20th Century Fox, the animated feature
"Happy Feet" to be released by Warner Bros., and
Universal Studio’s "King Kong".
Information compiled from Massive