Congratulations! Once again Spain is in the center of VFX/3D world map, which make us very proud. After the big success of RealFlow spanish software in Hollywood’s film industry, we now have SolidAngles in the spot of sofware research and development for the VFX Industry.
This Madrid-based company has won the a Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy plaque) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their work on the Arnold renderer.
Here is the official statement:
To Marcos Fajardo for the creative vision and original implementation of the Arnold Renderer, and to Chris Kulla, Alan King, Thiago Ize and Clifford Stein for their highly optimized geometry engine and novel ray-tracing algorithms which unify the rendering of curves, surfaces, volumetrics and subsurface scattering as developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Solid Angle SL.
Arnold’s scalable and memory-efficient single-pass architecture for path tracing, its authors’ publication of the underlying techniques, and its broad industry acceptance were instrumental in leading a widespread adoption of fully ray-traced rendering for motion pictures.
Once again: CONGRATULATIONS!