The following two Canadian companies received awards at the annual Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards presentation held February 11, 2012:
Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt of Toronto-based Side Effects Software won the Technical Achievement Award for their software that improves rendering of digital special effects such as smoke and clouds.
It’s the third Academy Award for Side Effects Software, whose Houdini 3D software is used by leading film studios from Hollywood to Bollywood, including Dreamworks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Digital Domain, Disney Feature Animation and Double Negative.
Houdini has been used in over 400 feature films to date, including:
the Spiderman and Harry Potter series
as well The Matrix and Lord of the Rings trilogies
nine of the last 11 films to win the Academy Award for best visual effects have used Houdini to do it.
The Ontario-made software has been used in a number of recent blockbusters, including:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
and Puss in Boots.
This video shows PV Labs (in Hamilton Ontario, Canada) which is the winner of an Academy Award in 2012 for Best Engineering Achievement:
leveraged over $485 million in investment across Eastern Ontario
Now, Ontario is attempting this economic balancing act: in order to create the new Southwestern Ontario Development Fund as well as make both the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund permanent, the Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act must be approved and passed.