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Industrial Light and Magic

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on 10 April 2013

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Transcript of Industrial Light and Magic

Industrial Light and Magic Alex Yong In 1996, ILM heavily relied on the IRIX OS for their production Compared to TCL and Perl, it was easy to learn, and easy to recode if needed Who are They? Python Was The Answer! Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) is a visual effects company founded by George Lucas in 1975 It is part of the film production company Lucas Film, which in turn, is now part of the Walt Disney Corporation. Their most famous "product" would be the visual effects in Star Wars, but they have also lent their talents to movies such as Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Terminator 2. Basic Facts They are currently headquartered in San Francisco, California. They currently have a staff of over 1,000 employees How Python came in Most films had limited CG at the time, ILM was only in 15-30 shots per film Knowing that the industry would heavily rely on CG more and more, ILM needed ways to control the production effectively. First used as a replacement for Unix shell scripting Python can be embedded into a larger software system, even if it isn't written in Python. Python was so easy to learn, that non-technical employees could use it, and make scripts for their own purposes, and not have to rely on the software devs. Python was the Answer! (Cont.) Python was embedded into ILM's in-house tools, like the software controlling lighting This allowed the staff to make calls to the software to invoke commands at any given time, or for one particular CG character, object, etc. Python was the Answer! (Cont.) Python can be used for the tracking and auditing functionality with production It was also used to develop the CG artist interface for their asset management system The interface can also be used as a whiteboard, an IM system, and even has a chess program! Finally, Python can be used on a variety of hardware, allowing ILM more flexibility when picking out new equipment Are They Hiring? Yes sir/ma'am! Two jobs are available, R&D Engineer in ILM's US Office, and Rigid Body Stimulation Artist R&D develops the visual effects for the movie, along with programming tools needed for the task. This job requires, along with Python, C, C++, development on Windows, GCC, and OSX, knowledge in using graphical tools, and updating compilers. Are They Hiring? (Cont.) Rigid body artists run simulations that simulate rigid bodies (shocking) Along with knowledge of Python, applicants must know how to work Linux, C++, Mel, and the software Maya. According to Wikipedia, a rigid body is a model of a body in which deformation caused by external forces is ignored is ignored The End!!
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