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Marvelous Designer Creator Receives Tech Academy Award

Jaden Oh has been awarded for raising the quality of appearance and motion in digital wardrobe creations.

Image credit: CLO Virtual Fashion

We all know about the Academy Awards, but have you heard about the Oscars of the tech world? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also honors those who have reached technical achievements, and this time, it's someone 3D artists know if not personally then through their popular software.

Jaden Oh, the founder of CLO Virtual Fashion, has received the Scientific and Engineering Award for Marvelous Designer, the famous virtual clothing app used by many artists and big studios.

"Marvelous Designer introduced a pattern-based approach to digital costume construction, unifying design and visualization and providing a virtual analogy to physical tailoring. Under Jaden Oh’s guidance, the team of engineers, UX designers and 3D designers at CLO Virtual Fashion has helped to raise the quality of appearance and motion in digital wardrobe creations."

As noted by CG Channel, Marvelous Designer was first used in movie production by Weta Digital in 2011's The Adventures of Tintin. By now, it's been incorporated into multiple famous workflows, including those in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Avengers: Infinity War, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.

"We are deeply honored to receive the Academy Award for Marvelous Designer. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of our team. To all the filmmakers, animators and designers who selected Marvelous Designer as your tool of choice to bring your stories to life on the big screen: thank you," said Oh.

Image credit: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

You could say Oh has won an Oscar, but it's not strictly true. The Scientific and Engineering Award winners get plaques, not statuettes. The Marvelous Designer creator will be joined by other industry leaders at the ceremony on February 23 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Apart from Oh, the Academy has given the Scientific and Engineering Award to the following developers:

  • To Charles Q. Robinson, Nicolas Tsingos, Christophe Chabanne, Mark Vinton and the team of software, hardware and implementation engineers of the Cinema Audio Group at Dolby Laboratories for the creation of the Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound System.
  • To Steve Read and Barry Silverstein for their contributions to the design and development of the IMAX Prismless Laser Projector.
  • To Peter Janssens, Goran Stojmenovik and Wouter D’Oosterlinck for the design and development of the Barco RGB Laser Projector.
  • To Michael Perkins, Gerwin Damberg, Trevor Davies and Martin J. Richards for the design and development of the Christie E3LH Dolby Vision Cinema Projection System, implemented in collaboration between Dolby Cinema and Christie Digital engineering teams.
  • To Ken Museth, Peter Cucka and Mihai Aldén for the creation of OpenVDB and its ongoing impact within the motion picture industry.
  • To F. Sebastian Grassia, Alex Mohr, Sunya Boonyatera, Brett Levin and Jeremy Cowles for the design and engineering of Pixar’s Universal Scene Description (USD).

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