Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Foundry KATANA White Paper





The Foundry has released an Online KATANA White Paper to get to the detailed information click the image or White Paper link above .

KATANA is a 3D application specifically designed for the needs of look development and lighting in an asset based pipeline. It has been in development since 2004 at Sony Pictures Imageworks and has been their core tool for look development and lighting for all their productions since 'SpiderMan 3', 'Beouwulf' and 'Surfs Up!'.

1.2 Who is this document for?


This aim of this document is to give a technical perspective of KATANA: to provide an understanding of the KATANA's core concepts and how it addresses many of the problems found in 3D animation and visual effects pipelines.

It is aimed at:

  • Pipeline designers and integrators.

  • Technical Directors and Lighters.

  • Plugin developers.

  • Developers of renderers who may want to integrate new renderers into KATANA.


The Foundry and Sony Pictures Imageworks are now working together under a technology sharing agreement to continue the development of KATANA, release it as a product for general use, and make use of KATANA technology in other The Foundry products.

Katana has not been released yet, but The Foundry has a host of other products to help you in y0ur VFX production pipeline.  Click Here to see the available tools.