Category Archives: Cinema

SpeedTrees of the Future in Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland

The list of movies using SpeedTree in 2015 continues to grow with almost every opening weekend.  California studio WhiskeyTree has told us that they used SpeedTree in the upcoming retro-futurist film “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney.  “Tomorrowland” is partially set in a parallel dimension where technological optimism has created a pristine vision of what our future […]

SpeedTree’s Animated Growth Featured in ILM’s ‘Behind The Magic’

One of the decisive moments in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is created when a barren tundra miraculously gives birth to a lush forest in the span of one sweeping camera movement. This one shot needed to meet the visual demands of the director as well as bridge two film sets that were on two different continents. When […]

SpeedTree® Use Confirmed in 13 2014 Movies, including Two VFX Nominees

We know of 13 movies released in 2014 where SpeedTree played a role, including two films nominated for Visual Effects Academy Awards® by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (VFX Nominee) X-Men: Days of Future Past (VFX Nominee) The Hundred-Foot Journey The Giver Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pompeii Noah […]

SpeedTree® Receives a Scientific and Technical Academy Award®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored three of our own with a Scientific and Technical Academy Award! Read the official announcement from the Academy. The actual award was presented at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA on February 7, 2015, to the three developers of SpeedTree®: IDV co-founders Michael Sechrest and […]

Discounts on SpeedTree Studio, Architect and Tree Models Through October 12

Until October 12, get significant savings on SpeedTree Studio, SpeedTree Architect and all the trees you can use with them! SpeedTree Studio, regularly $895, is $595 ($300 off!) SpeedTree Architect, regularly $495, is $345 ($150 off!) And all VFX trees are half off! The sale applies only to VFX trees as listed at the “Version 7” […]

ILM’s “Noah” & the Making of V7’s Animated Growth

When Industrial Light and Magic approached us about growing a small sapling into a massive forest for a key scene in the film Noah, needless to say, we were excited to help bring this vision to life. We were especially thrilled that this collaboration ultimately led to the development of the new Animated Growth feature, […]

Mr. X Cuts Out Hours Instead of Trees using SpeedTree® in “Vikings”

Toronto-based visual effects studio Mr. X has faced some distinctive challenges working on the second season of the acclaimed hit drama series Vikings.  The producers of the History Channel’s Canadian-Irish hit series required a number of complicated shots, blending on-location plates filmed in Ireland with 13th century digital assets―all on a tight TV production schedule.  […]

SpeedTree® User Profile: Jamir Blanco

Jamir Blanco, who started using SpeedTree® almost two years ago, reports that the software has impressed his colleagues, won him recognition and helped him complete projects quickly. Here’s more about Jamir and his experiences: Name: Jamir Blanco Title/Occupation: Freelance environment artist for film, game, and animation SpeedTree Product Used: SpeedTree Studio SpeedTree User Since: September […]

Southern Nevada Water Authority Ad, Featuring Growth, by Ingenuity Engine

SpeedTree®‎ Cinema’s v7 animated growth simulation has proven especially popular among our customers, with Noah and two commercials already featuring the new capabilities. Digital Domain used v7 growth to capture the progress of a South African city, and, as described below by Creative Director Grant Miller, Ingenuity Engine of Los Angeles used the feature to […]