The LightWave 3D Group Congratulates Sunrise Inc. for "Possessions" 2014 Academy Award® Nomination

Talented artists rely on LightWave 3D software to create the stunning visuals and animation for 2014 Oscar® contender

Posted: Thu 16 Jan 2014

Known throughout Japan as Tsukomo, the animated short film Possessions continues to capture the attention of audiences worldwide, including perhaps the ultimate audience—the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences—which has nominated Possessions for a 2014 Academy Award® in the category of Animated Short Film. Possessions is part of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace omnibus project that brings together  top creators at the leading edge of animation.

The LightWave 3D® Group, a Division of NewTek, Inc., congratulates Shuhei Morita, director of Possessions and the artists at Sunrise Inc. for its 2014 Oscar® nomination and celebrates the studio’s creative use of LightWave 3D software to deliver stunning visuals for the film.

Earlier this year, Mr. Morita explained why he chose LightWave for the creation of Possessions—LightWave 3D software was used throughout the entire pipeline for modeling, animation and rendering. “With LightWave, I can modify model data and animation scenes very quickly whenever I want,” said Morita. “It’s much like drawing 2D on paper.

 “It’s also easy to see the strengths and skills of artists when they use the basic features of LightWave.  We could easily create animation by taking advantage of plug-ins or cool new feature sets, but I want our staff to keep sight of the artist versus the tool,” explained Morita. “My philosophy is: Do not be used by the tools, instead use the tools as if they are your hands.”

“A few years ago while in Japan, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Morita and the artists at  Sunrise while they were working on the Possessions animated short,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “This is a well-deserved nomination for Mr. Morita and the talented artists at Sunrise. They have mastered the art of visual storytelling and we are honored they use LightWave to help bring their stories to the world.” 

Above is the Short Peace trailer, which includes Tsukomo/Possessions. On a stormy night in the 18th century, a man becomes lost deep in the mountains until he comes upon a small shrine where he finds some old tools, harboring deepseated grudges, which he carefully repairs and consoles. The work, a fantasy that deals with the theme of the “spirit” of tools, attempts to realize a new type of visual expression by fusing traditional patterns and forms with 3D computer graphics.

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