Sony Pictures Image works is a visual effects and animation unit of sony pictures digital productions. They are mostly knowen for their live action visual effects and  character animation, all-CG animation, and stereoscopic 3D imagery.

They have worked on titles such as The Green Lantern, The Smurfs, Ather Chritsmas, Alice in wonderland  and watchmen. All these films are to me inspirational work and sum up my life ambition to produce imagry like this.

I have been finding it quite difficult researching what software industries actuall use. Reading some articles I think (don’t quote me) that Pictures Imageworks have used Houdini and side effects software. So lets take a look at what this software does.

Ah right, see this is why its good to do some research Houdini is a 3D animation tool  which is by side effects software? also there is a free version, something i am defiantly going to have a look at.

Below is the link to their showreel and website. Houdini has been used for movies like Tron, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim and Troll Hunter.


Intact while i’m at it I might as well take a look at mayas showreel and have a look at it’s capabilities.


Spider-Man, Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheLord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gladiator, The Matrix and What Dreams May Come, The Matrix Reloaded, The Hulk and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

It’s really nice to know that while using Maya in college i am on my way to actually having a chance to participate in making movies like these!!!


Something that put a smile on my face was that After effects was used in the pre productiom of Avatar!

“Throughout the filmmaking process, Adobe After Effects® was at the heart of the production.Initially, concept art for the film was brought into After Effects to create a pitch reel that ultimately sold the film to 20th Century Fox.”