All three feature films nominated for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar used Discreet’s Inferno, Flame, Fire or Lustre systems. Discreet claims that this is the ninth year in a row that nominees in this category have been clients of theirs.
The nominated films this year are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
The Lord of the Rings, with post production from WETA Digital, Oktober and The PostHouse, includes effects created with Discreet’s Inferno. The film was colour graded using Colorfront technology that forms the foundation of Discreet’s Lustre system. Colorfront technology was also used for colour enhancements and to add the various effects that give the film its distinctive look and feel.
For Pirates of the Caribbean, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) used Inferno, Fire and Flame as part of its proprietary SABRE visual effects and compositing systems. Asylum and ILM used Discreet’s Inferno and Flame visual effects systems for several hundreds of shots in Master and Commander, including battles and storms, while Discreet’s Lustre system was used for colour grading to ensure film-look continuity.