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KATANA 1.0 hits the streets

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The look development and lighting tool from The Foundry that’s already been purchased by Industrial Light & Magic, a LucasFilm company

KATANA 1.0 hits the streets

“we believe the package shows great promise”––John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic

With the official release of KATANA 1.0 also comes the announcement that ILM has purchased a site license of the look development and lighting tool, replacing the conventional CG pipeline with a flexible recipe-based asset workflow. Already in use on its upcoming productions, KATANA has boosted the production pipeline across the ILM and LucasFilm companies and will be deployed at both the San Francisco and Singapore studios.

KATANA has been specifically designed by The Foundry to address the needs of a highly scalable asset-based workflow to:

  • Allow the updating of assets once shots are already in progress
  • Share lighting set-ups, such as edits and overrides, between shots and sequences
  • Allow the use of multiple renderers and specifying dependencies between render passes
  • Allow shot specific modification of assets to become part of the lighting ‘recipe’ for shots, to avoid having to deal with large numbers of shot specific asset variants

Built from the ground up with the needs of modern productions in mind, it will integrate with current pipelines, shader libraries and workflow tools, while its scalability and flexibilty will make it suitable for even the most demanding productions and complicated shots.

John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic said: “We worked closely with The Foundry over the past year on specific features and functionality we wanted to see in KATANA and after implementing it in production, we believe the package shows great promise and we look forward to our continuing relationship with The Foundry as we integrate technologies such as KATANA into our production pipeline.”

Bill Collis, chief executive officer at The Foundry adds: “We’re pleased to release KATANA, a product highly anticipated by pipeline engineers and Lighting supervisors.  The Foundry is proud of its close association with industry leaders such as ILM. KATANA is yet another validation of The Foundry as the partner of choice for the VFX industry.”

KATANA has been production-proven on over 20 shows since 2004 at Sony Pictures Imageworks. For more information visit www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/KATANA.