NewTek LightWave Drives First Creature Animations Shown in “Capturing Avatar”
November 23, 2010

NewTek LightWave Drives First Creature Animations Shown in “Capturing Avatar”


Six-legged creature concept animation by Rob Powers displayed here in the new LightWave 10 interface

As the first concept-animation artist working on the film, Powers used LightWave to generate the original creature rigs and test animations in his initial role as animation technical director.

“From the earliest period of ‘Avatar’ development, LightWave enabled me to model, texture, rig, and render quality concept animation tests, very quickly,” explained Powers. “LightWave also proved to be an efficient tool for the virtual production process, as well. I wouldn't have been able to create such great imagery over the length of the project without LightWave in the production pipeline.”


Early Epiphyte concept creature animation by Powers for “Avatar” in LightWave

Powers is currently working with NewTek’s software development team to produce innovative tools and new, interactive functions that will be incorporated into future versions of LightWave. The next major release—LightWave 10—is expected to ship Q4 2010.