The Foundry was established in 1996. It is now the fastest-growing company in its field today, and is internationally renowned for its product design and collaborative and open approach to development.
Led by CEO Bill Collis and a management team that still includes the original founders, The Foundry is backed by The Carlyle Group with a substantial portion still owned by the staff.
In September 2012, The Foundry merged with Luxology, an independent US-based technology company. As a joint entity the company develops award-winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) software used globally by leading artists and designers.
The Foundry has a stable of award-winning 2D and 3D VFX software including its industry standard compositor NUKE. Luxology is well known for its innovative 3D modelling and rendering technology and its flagship product, modo.
This rapidly growing global company now has more than 200 employees distributed between its London, Mountain View and Los Angeles offices.Our clients
The Foundry has a well-established client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as The Mill, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain.Our products
The company's award-winning NUKE compositing product was born out of industry-proven technology developed at Digital Domain. An aggressive development schedule has created a product that is today the de facto standard in VFX compositing. A key addition has been support for stereoscopic imagery and the OCULA toolset, which have facilitated VFX on groundbreaking productions including AVATAR, TRON: LEGACY and HUGO, winner of the 2012 Oscar® for Best Visual Effects.
MARI, a revolutionary 3D paint system, was originally created at Weta Digital before it was adopted by The Foundry to spearhead its ongoing development. The two companies still continue to work together to drive MARI's evolution.
Working closely with Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Foundry also took the KATANA lighting and rendering technology into the wider market. Each of these collaborative projects is a testament to The Foundry's genuine commitment to customer-driven innovation, unrivalled by any other software developer in the industry today.
In 2012 The Foundry has continued to expand its product portfolio with the launch of HIERO - a brand new shot management, conform and review tool for VFX. The software was built from the ground up by The Foundry's in-house development team. It works to improve facility efficiency and shot throughput volume by providing 'missing link' functionality and removing complicated, time consuming manual processes from the workflow.
Since the 2012 merger with Luxology, the portfolio also includes modo, a cutting-edge and artist friendly 3D software package that combines modelling, painting, animation and rendering in a single integrated powerful package. The new generation in 3D software, modo is a true end-to-end solution that offers a fresh, flexible and modular approach.
In addition The Foundry has a set of high-tech plug-ins that work with other host platforms, as well as The Foundry's own.Award winners
In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry's development team for the FURNACE image processing suite – and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system NUKE.
In 2012 the company made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the third year, ranking in 70th position. In 2011 The Foundry also placed in The Sunday Times International Track at number 54, made the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list for the first time and was awarded a laureate in the Computerworld Honours.
The Foundry received a Distinguished Honoree medal in The 2010 International Business Awards ("The Stevies") as the Most Innovative Company of the Year in Europe. Also in 2010, Simon Robinson, Founder and Chief Scientist, was voted number 52 in Fast Company's second annual ranking of The 100 Most Creative People in Business.How our products are used
The Foundry's technology touches most Hollywood blockbusters that reach our screens, as well as numerous television and commercial productions. The company's products have been used to create breath-taking effects sequences on features including the 2012 Oscar® winners Hugo (Best Visual Effects) and Rango (Best Animated Feature Film), Puss in Boots, Rio, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Dark Knight, District 9, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Tron: Legacy as well as films from the Harry Potter, Iron Man and Transformers franchises.
High profile television projects have included Game of Thrones, Planet Dinosaur and the EMMY award winning Boardwalk Empire.
Alice in Wonderland
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