We are so proud to share that 10 Oscar 2023-nominated films, including Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere All At Once, Best Documentary Feature winner Navalny and nominees Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Top Gun: Maverick, trusted Adobe Creative Cloud to bring their stories to life.
This comes on the heels of four Adobe 3D pioneers having been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Advanced Imaging Society for pioneering filmmaking technologies.
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 and hyper-realistic 3D objects and effects.
“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.”
-Ashley Still, SVP Creative Cloud
“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,” said Ashley Still, senior vice president, Creative Cloud at Adobe.
Today’s filmmakers are at an inflection point in a highly competitive environment, striving to meet an insatiable demand for content across platforms, while delivering captivating content at a faster rate than ever before. Filmmaking teams need tools that facilitate creative collaboration while delivering quality content to multiple stakeholders — including directors, producers and studio executives.
Creative Cloud and Substance 3D tools equip filmmakers with the creative control to meet these demands and create standout, beloved films.
Celebrating Oscar nominees
Outstanding storytellers behind this year’s frontrunning films trusted Adobe creative tools to power their projects:
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. The film received 11 nominations and won for Best Film Editing and Best Picture. “Premiere Pro is wonderful and I couldn’t imagine cutting in any other program,” said 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 and earned six nominations, including Best Visual Effects and Best Picture. “All of Adobe’s tools play so well together,” said Hansen. “This allows our team the quickest workflow from design, to animation, back to changes, and then to final composites.”
Fire of Love
Adobe Creative Cloud and Frame.io were important tools for the post-production team of 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. VFX artist Kara Blake shared that “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.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Digital Domain Texture Lead Artist Sarah Cosmi and her team used Substance 3D tools to polish the visuals which earned the film 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,” said 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.”
Our commitment to innovation
As a testament to our 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 After Effects and Photoshop’s 2018 recognition for their impacts on motion design and digital painting.
At the 2023 Eddie Awards, film editors who trusted Premiere Pro bring their stories to life were honored for editing, including Best Edited Feature Film Everything Everywhere All at Once, Best Edited Single Camera Series The Bear, Best Edited Non-Script Series VICE and Best Edited Animated Series Love Death and Robots.
Adobe also received the Lumiere™ Century Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for creating innovative post-production tools and pioneering access to creative technology solutions in the filmmaking industry.
Supporting inclusive storytelling for the next generation
Furthering our efforts to support the next generation of storytellers, the Adobe Foundation has made a grant of $250,000 to the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ (SDA) MFA Acting Program, which will directly support the production of short films for underrepresented students. The MFA Acting program trains their artists to be media-agile, multihyphenate creators and entrepreneurs, which they believe is critical to making storytelling in all mediums more inclusive. 75 percent of USC SDA’s MFA Acting cohort identifies with an underrepresented racial/ethnic group, and this program will be a critical pipeline into the industry.
This investment builds on Adobe’s commitment to enable inclusivity, access, opportunity and creativity for all and the Adobe Foundation’s support of ‘The Inclusion List’ — a new research-led effort with the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which measures inclusion in the industry from 1929 to present day, charting Academy Award nominations for women and people of color across 19 categories.