Boris FX has acquired SilhouetteFX (SFX) and Digital Film Tools (DFT), two companies that have developed tools used on Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and used by high-profile VFX studios including Weta Digital, Framestore, Technicolor and Deluxe.
The merger marks the third Boris FX acquisition in recent years following Imagineer Systems (2014) and GenArts (2016).
Silhouette’s non-destructive paint and advanced rotoscoping technology was recognised this year by the Academy of Motion Pictures (Technical Achievement Award) for its continued and lasting contribution to the world of film. It first gained prominence after Weta Digital, the VFX company founded by director Peter Jackson, used its rotoscoping tools on King Kong (2005). Now the GPU-accelerated node-based compositing application has over one hundred VFX nodes and integrated Boris FX Mocha planar tracking. Silhouette has been used on such hits as Avatar (2009), The Hobbit (2012), Wonder Woman (2017) and Avengers: End Game (2019).
Matt Mueller, head of optical, Weta Digital “Silhouette has been an essential tool for us for over 15 years,” said. “It’s a robust feature-packed tool that allows us to continually add to the sophistication of our roto and paint capabilities.” He hopes to continue their “deep partnership” following the takeover.
Boris FX is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 7.A65.