We’ve presented some great tools produced by The Foundry several times in the past, and if you’re considering using them in your workflow, you might find credentials provided by a major league company helpful. A short video explaining how MARI, MODO, NUKE and HIERO are used has been released by New Deal Studios, a team that’s been working on such titles as Wolf of the Wall Street, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Inception and many others.
The video and an interview with Jeff Jasper – Digital FX Supervisor in New Deal Studios has been posted at provideocoalition.com. Jeff explains that New Deal Studios handles everything from pre-production to post, paying close attention to get the value they got per dollar invested. This is where the right tools come in:
We made the move over to NUKE shortly after The Foundry took it over from Digital Domain. We were blown away by how fast it was, especially for 3D compositing. (…) when added Alembic support in 601 that was the start of something special and we moved over from Mental Ray rendering in Maya to MODO rendering as part of our render pipeline. (...) We were rendering hundreds of thousands of buildings using brute force global illumination, HDRI lighting, and high resolution photo textures. Some scenes were rendering as fast as 2 minutes a frame at 3840x2160.
Jeff explains how the team successfully added The Foundry software into their workflow, one after another, more recently adding HIERO and MARI. This allowed them to keep the entire production as simple as possible, as suggested by the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) approach. Jeff also advises that everyone new to The Foundry software should have a look at their Youtube and Vimeo channels, as well as use the forums, as the user communities are strong and very helpful.
The entire interview can be read at provideocoalition.com via this link.