August 28, 2008

Lucasfilm Selects Autodesk Maya Software As Animation Platform

Autodesk, a provider of 2D and 3D design software, has announced that Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation have selected Autodesk Maya software to create the upcoming television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

These are the first animated Star Wars projects from Lucasfilm. The projects benefited from a global production environment, with Maya as the hub for creating detailed worlds, characters and creatures, including Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jabba the Hutt.

Richard Kerris, chief technology officer of Lucasfilm, said: "Star Wars: The Clone Wars brings an entirely new look and feel to Star Wars by moving it into animation. We wanted to use technology that would live up to the high standards of Lucasfilm, and selected Autodesk Maya as our animation platform for both the film and TV series. We chose Maya for its creative tools, extensibility and large user base. Maya is the backbone of our global production environment, enabling us to seamlessly share work between our US-based creative team and our production studios in Asia."