A conversation about the development of KATANA with Steve LaVietes, back end pipeline architect from Sony Pictures Imageworks. The developers of KATANA will receive a Scientific and Technical Oscar on February 9th, 2013.
Here are the full details of the Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate) award from AMPAS:
To Steve LaVietes, Brian Hall and Jeremy Selan for the creation of the Katana computer graphics scene management and lighting software at Sony Pictures Imageworks
Katana’s unique design, featuring a deferred evaluation procedural node–graph, provides a highly efficient lighting and rendering workflow. It allows artists to non–destructively edit scenes too complex to fit into computer memory, at scales ranging from a single object up to an entire detailed city.
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