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Richard Shackleton - The Foundry

Head of product development at The Foundry talks about the company


Richard Shackleton, Head of Product Development, The Foundry

The Foundry is regarded as being world leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post production.


The company was established in 1996 by Bruno Nicoletti and Simon Robinson, both intimate with high-end post production facilities across the globe, and together they produced the Tinder plug-ins for Discreet's® Flame® systems – the first set of such plug-ins to be commercially available.

In June 2009 The Foundry announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners. Advent backed The Foundry's management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders.

The Foundry is highly profitable and has more than doubled in size between 2009 and 2010.

The Foundry's products support a wide range of award-winning host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk® Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Nuke, Shake and Final Cut Pro. In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image processing suite - and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system Nuke.. 

The Foundry has a well established client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as Warner Bros., The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. It is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects compositing.

The Foundry is headquartered on Wardour Street in London and has offices in Los Angeles

Keylight and Furnace by The Foundry (part 1)

Keylight and Furnace by The Foundry (part 2)

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