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A Tool for ’Toons

Nickelodeon Animation Studio artists create prize animation with LightWave

Thu 07 Jun 2012

In 1998, as Viacom opened the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif., college student Ernest Chan was adopting NewTek’s LightWave 3D software for the first time. No one could predict at the time that these innovators and innovations would partner and, in doing so, deliver some of history’s most celebrated animations, which are beloved by millions, young and old, the world over.

"Iron Sky" Conquers the World, One Theater at a Time

Energia Productions delivers a dark sci-fi comedy with LightWave

Tue 17 Apr 2012

From humble beginnings in the Northern European nation known better for angry bird games or mobile phones, Energia Productions has stormed onto the movie scene and stirred up a groundswell of interest and excitement in anticipation of the Finnish visual effects house’s first full-length feature film, Iron Sky.

Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in early February 2012, Iron Sky became a social media phenomenon, logging more than 5 million YouTube views of the Iron Sky trailer and more than 100,000 Facebook and Twitter fans. The movie premiered in North American in March at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

VFX Minds Panel Discussion

Industry Visionaries and Experts discuss the history and future of VFX--powered by LightWave 3D software

Fri 11 Nov 2011

On November 10, 2011, NewTek hosted this special discussion with VFX industry icons Ron Thornton, Chuck Comisky, Doug Drexler and Eric Hance. Moderated by Variety Feartures Editor David S. Cohen, the panel discussed the current challenges of producing high-end, award-winning visual effects for television, while juggling increasingly difficult budgets and schedules.

Playing in the World’s First Virtual Sports Theme Park

Innovative gaming company FunGoPlay.com creates a groundbreaking 3D gaming experience for children with LightWave

Tue 02 Aug 2011

FunGoPlay.com has opened the world’s first virtual sports theme park—an innovative online sports world that bridges the gap between online gaming and physical activity among children. FunGoPlay artists relied on NewTek LightWave 10 software to create and deliver everything from eye-catching imagery and 3D elements, to customizable assets and interactive environments.

Abiogenesis: One Man’s Labor of Love

Artist Richard Mans embraces LightWave as he embarks on his filmmaking career

Mon 25 Jul 2011

Abiogenesis was a labor of love. A doodle taken to the nth degree,” says artist Richard Mans, describing his first animated short film.

After spending several years as a freelance animator, Mans wanted more. He wanted to create art with meaning. He wanted to take his work to a new level. He wanted more from his existing software tool set. “I realized that the only way forward for me,” he says, “was to make a short film.” And Abiogenesis was born.


Avatar: Building a Virtual 3D Art Department

Innovative techniques power groundbreaking virtual workflow

Sun 01 May 2011

As an awe-struck, six-year-old boy watching George Lucas’s Star Wars, Rob Powers dreamt of being involved in filmmaking. He could not have imagined, nor could anyone have predicted, however, that in the years to come, he would join forces with another groundbreaking director to help revolutionize filmmaking forever.

The Mechanics of "Repo Men"

Creative Character Engineering turns to LightWave to create the futuristic organs in the sci-fi thriller "Repo Men"

Tue 27 Jul 2010

At the forefront of artificial organ development for Repo Men, is Hollywood-based, Creative Character Engineering (CCE), which used the advanced 3D modeling capabilities of LightWave 3D, to bring the artificial organs from concept to reality.

Cover to Cover

Joe Zeff Design relies on LightWave to create stunning cover art for popular magazines -- from "Rolling Stone" to "Time"

Fri 25 Jun 2010

Leading design studio Joe Zeff Design is well known for its computer-generated illustration for publishing companies, advertising agencies and major corporations, which owner Joe Zeff creates using LightWave 3D® software. Some of his most powerful and highly recognizable images can be found on the covers of magazines such as Newsweek and Time magazines.