Updated February 26, 2013

With the 2012 Oscars® now in the history books, it’s a good time to point out how SpeedTree® has played a part in several major productions recently recognized for excellence in visual effects. Check out the winning and nominated films/studios that have used SpeedTree to help create lifelike animated trees and vegetation on the big screen:

2012 Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects

Life of Pi (Fox 2000 Pictures presents a Haishang Films/Gil Netter Production)

Three Churches scene from "The Life of Pi"SpeedTree’s “speed” contributed efficiencies in the enhancing of natural vistas . . .

“Before SpeedTree, I was hand modeling all of my trees, which took an insanely long time.  Nothing can get you up and running, from pre-vis to the final shot, as fast as SpeedTree.”

Luke McDonald, Digital Effects Supervisor, Crazy Horse Effects

2012 Oscar nominee for Best Visual Effects

Snow White and the Huntsman (Produced by Roth Films & Universal Pictures)

Castle from "Snow White and the Huntsman"SpeedTree proved to be versatile and agile in the production of this film . . .

“SpeedTree enabled the team to address client feedback very swiftly in the period of final tweaks and changes.  SpeedTree fully delivered for us at ‘crunch time’.”

Rafael Morant, Digital Environments Supervisor, BlueBolt


VES (Visual Effects Society) 2013 nominee for Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program 

The Men Who Built America (Produced by Stephen David Entertainment)

Johnstown flood scene from "The Men Who Built America"SpeedTree was used to help depict the Johnstown flood presented in this History Channel series . . .

“SpeedTree became an integral part of our toolset . . . It saves our matte painters a lot of the hassle of extracting trees and plants from footage, and is indispensable for full 3D shots.”

Eran Dinur, VFX supervisor, Brainstorm Digital

In the coming months, you’ll be hearing more about SpeedTree’s role in visual effects for other major feature films. Suited for both large and modest production budgets, SpeedTree Studio/Cinema have become an increasingly popular choice for VFX studios around the world.