Originally developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, KATANA 1.0 replaces the conventional CG pipeline with a flexible recipe based asset workflow.
ILM have made this significant investment to boost their production pipeline across their ILM and Lucasfilm companies. As a KATANA site licence holder, ILM will deploy the software across their San Francisco and Singapore studios.
KATANA is specifically designed to address the needs of a highly scalable asset based workflow to:
KATANA is built from the ground up with the needs of modern productions in mind. Extensive APIs allow integration with current pipelines, shader libraries and workflow tools, whilst its collaborative nature allows it to scale to meet the needs of even the most demanding productions.
The main attraction of KATANA stems from the flexibility of the product. KATANA has the ability to produce incredibly complicated shots while allowing artists to retain control.
“We have worked closely with The Foundry over the past year on specific features and functionality we wanted to see in KATANA and after implementing it in production, we believe the package shows great promise and we look forward to our continuing relationship with The Foundry as we integrate technologies such as KATANA into our production pipeline.”
John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic
“We’re pleased to release KATANA , a product highly anticipated by pipeline engineers and lighting supervisors. The Foundry is proud of its close association with industry leaders such as ILM. KATANA is yet another validation of The Foundry as the partner of choice for the VFX industry.”
Bill Collis, Chief Executive Officer
KATANA is backed by The Foundry and has been production-proven on over 20 shows since 2004 at Sony Pictures Imageworks.