SAN JOSE, CA — Adobe (www.adobe.com) recently shared that 10 Oscar-nominated films used the company’s creative applications to bring their stories to life. This included three Oscar-nominated documentaries, box-office hits such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and
Top Gun: Maverick, and the Best Editing and Best Picture winner
Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Filmmakers used Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, and Frame.io to edit, create and collaborate from anywhere, along with Adobe Substance 3D to produce photo realistic and hyper-realistic 3D objects and effects.
“We’re proud to empower Oscar-nominated filmmakers to bring the world’s greatest stories to life with the leading platform of creative applications and services in Adobe Creative Cloud and the Substance 3D collection,” says Ashley Still, senior vice president, Adobe Creative Cloud. “Adobe continues pushing the boundaries of innovation to unlock the future of filmmaking, empowering our customers to create in new mediums and collaborate in new ways, from anywhere.”
Editor Paul Rogers and his team at Parallax Post relied on Premiere Pro, After Effects and Frame.io to bring Everything Everywhere All at Once to life, earning 11 nominations, including wins for Best Film Editing and Best Picture.
“Premiere Pro is wonderful and I couldn’t imagine cutting in any other program,” says Rogers. “Combined with Frame.io, the whole workflow was very intuitive. I was able to focus on the film, not the tools.”
Top Gun: Maverick film UI designer Jayse Hansen turned to After Effects and Illustrator to supplement the practical interior shots of the various aircrafts by designing and animating the realistic cockpit, speed and command center displays that captivated audiences. The film earned six nominations, including Best Visual Effects and Best Picture.
“All of Adobe’s tools play so well together,” says Hansen. “This allows our team the quickest workflow from design, to animation, back to changes, and then to final composites.”
Adobe Creative Cloud and Frame.io were important tools for the post production team of Fire of Love, the National Geographic Documentary Films feature, which earned a Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award at Sundance, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film.
“In bringing this moving story to life, Photoshop and After Effects helped us craft the visual design of the film and integrate archival footage from multiple eras, while Frame.io made remote collaboration easy and efficient,” explains VFX artist Kara Blake.
And for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Digital Domain texture lead artist Sarah Cosmi and her team used Substance 3D tools to polish the visuals for the film, which earned five nominations, including Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design.
“To create the climactic battle of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Digital Domain built two complete digi-double armies, multiple super-powered combatants, and digital environments from scratch, and it all begins with the textures,” explains Cosmi. “My team and I relied on Adobe Substance 3D as part of our integrated workflow to create every detail from the battleship to the oceans and more, which helped us deliver an amazing experience for audiences around the world.”
As a testament to Adobe’s continuing innovations in the film and entertainment industry, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Adobe with a Scientific Technical Award for Substance 3D Designer’s contributions in visual effects and animation. This is Adobe’s third Scientific and Engineering Award, including one for After Effects and Photoshop’s 2018 recognition for their impacts on motion design and digital painting.