The Foundry and Luxology join forces
Leading VFX software developer, The Foundry, has merged with Luxology. The combined portfolio should open doors to new ways of working, providing artists and designers with increased creative choice…
Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, today announced its merger with Luxology. The two companies are a great fit in terms of technology and markets.
Press release excerpts
The Foundry with its stable of award-winning 2D and 3D VFX software, including industry standard compositor NUKE, sees Luxology’s complementary technology as a natural addition.
Luxology’s innovative 3D modelling and rendering technology and its flagship product, modo, are world class and favoured by thousands of artists and designers globally.
The collective product range is very exciting, but equally important is the shared ethos of the two companies and the staff within them. Both The Foundry and Luxology have strong reputations for being community driven and good collaborators. They are widely recognised for building tools around customer needs, providing artist-friendly workflows and great support. This union will allow us to push the boundaries for our customers across a wide range of industries.
It appears that ILM was instrumental in the deal. John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic comments:
“I was a fan of the fast modelling and interactive rendering in modo, but had only been able to use it on specific one-off shots. At the time of our meeting I was also starting to get really excited about KATANA’s ability to manage the kind of complexity that passes as normal at ILM and so I planted the seed that a combination of the two products would allow me to use modo for asset creation and rendering more extensively on a large project.”
So, why have they done it?
Both companies are very good at what they do and have successfully addressed the needs of customers for many years in a diverse set of markets. The Foundry and Luxology have both prospered by putting customers at the core of their business and keeping very open channels of communication at all levels.
The product portfolios of the two companies are complementary – with no product overlap – making for a natural fit technically as well as ethically. With this enhanced scale and community-friendly attitude, they plan to offer the design and entertainment industries a powerful new choice.
We’ll be asking The Foundry and Luxology what this means for the design, and film and entertainment industries later on today, so check back for more news on this exciting merger.
Image courtesy of Clive Biley
on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 9:46 am under Industry, News.
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