London, 8th January 2018: Creative software developer, Foundry, today announces that members of the Nuke development team will be honoured by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 10. Nuke – Foundry’s compositing and editorial toolkit – has been described by The Academy as ‘the backbone of compositing and image processing pipelines across the motion picture industry.’
Jon Wadelton, Chief Technology Officer, Jerry Huxtable, Senior Software Engineer and Abigail Brady, former Principal Software Engineer, will receive Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques) for their significant contributions to the architecture and extensibility of the Nuke compositing system.
In addition, Bill Spitzak and Jonathan Egstad will be honoured for the visionary design, development and stewardship of the Nuke compositing system.
Foundry’s portfolio of products now includes three Sci-Tech Award winning products —Katana, Nuke and Mari—as well as Sci-Tech award-winning motion estimation technology in the form of Furnace, which is integrated into versions of Nuke. In addition to this, every single film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in the last six years was made using Foundry’s software.
Jon Wadelton, Chief Technology Officer at Foundry commented: “It’s an honour to be recognised by The Academy, and testament to the capabilities of Nuke as a high-performance tool for artists. The brilliant team working on Nuke continues to push the boundaries of what the tool is capable of, supporting artists as they bring their incredible ideas to life.”
The Nuke family of products includes Nuke, NukeX, Nuke Studio, Hiero and HieroPlayer, with a reputation as the world’s leading high-end compositing tool, used on award-winning movies such as Blade Runner 2049, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Jungle Book. Foundry is committed to ongoing research in image processing and will continue to develop Nuke – and its whole portfolio of products – to aid the artists at the forefront of film production.
Craig Rodgerson, Chief Executive Officer at Foundry commented: “Nuke continues to provide powerful control for VFX artists and the development team should be extremely proud to be honoured by The Academy. Foundry employs world-leading, talented individuals and I have no doubt our software tools will continue to be recognised in years to come.”