And the Oscar goes to… einen Salzburger «

And the Oscar goes to… einen Salzburger «

A man of all skin types: In February, Christoph Springer of Salzburg received a Technology Academy Award for his breakthrough technological innovation in the digital simulation of poetry.

12:53 PM, February 11, 2021

Mowgli with the Monkey King King Lowe, who got digital fur in the new edition of “The Jungle Book” by Christophe Springer © Disney

Christoph Springer was born and raised in Salzburg. According to a report by ORF-Salzburg, he has been living and working in Wellington, New Zealand for twelve years – at Weta Digital, one of the world’s largest animation technology specialists, known for his influences in films like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Springer came to New Zealand for the movie “Avatar” where he simulated water. But he said the company wouldn’t let him go after that. Its software can also calculate fires or building collapses and display realistically on the screen. Until now, he has been jointly responsible for the visual effects on 32 film projects. He is currently working on a realistic muscle simulation to continue the Avatar.

The digital simulation of poetry, which Sprenger has already used in blockbuster movies like “Jungle Book”, in “Avengers” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” has now brought him a so-called “Artistic Achievement Award”, which is academic due to Corona this year. , Film arts and sciences are awarded by default only and are not associated with a mini Oscar statuette.

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In addition to Salzburger, two of his fellows were also honored. They wrote together for a “Jungle Book” from 2016, in which real photography and computer animation were linked, a new program to simulate the many fur strands of Balu and Baghira & Co: “We had to do Monkey King Louie’s hair – and that the old hair system didn’t It simply wouldn’t fit that, “Sprenger is quoted as saying on ORF.

“It took a lot of detail in poetry. We just wrote a new system that can simulate a lot of poetry. Normally we simulate a small section of hair. With our system, we can do almost everything to be able to simulate poetry,” Christoph Springer explained in ORF report.

Native Christoph Springer has lived in New Zealand for twelve years © Weta

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