CG feature animation studio, DreamWorks Animation has purchased a site license of The Foundry’s MARI 3D texture painting system to enhance its in-house production pipeline. The studio has already begun utilizing MARI on upcoming productions.
MARI allows artists to concentrate on painting detailed, multi-layered textures directly onto 3D models in a fluid and natural way. MARI was originally conceived at Weta Digital, because no existing commercial product could handle the complex, highly detailed look development work required by films such as District 9 and Avatar.
“We have a number of ambitious projects in our pipeline and we need to make sure we have the best technological tools in the industry,” said Darin Grant, head of production technology at DreamWorks Animation. “MARI provides us with an interactive and intuitive workflow for 3D painting that helps our surfacing and matte painting artists to achieve that ambition. Our strong relationship with The Foundry and their commitment to high-end product development has given us a great deal of confidence in MARI.”
“DreamWorks Animation sets the bar high when it comes to CG films,” said Jack Greasley, MARI product manager of The Foundry. “We’re delighted that after a vigorous evaluation of MARI they’ve taken the decision to deploy it across their studios. This is a vote of confidence in MARI from a proven leader in the industry, and helps position MARI as the new industry standard for digital paint.”