Digital Domain's Work Nominated for Two Academy Awards

-- Real Steel and Transformers: Dark of the Moon nominated for Visual Effects Oscar® --

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (January 24, 2012) - Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE: DDMG), a leading digital production company focused on visual effects, original content animation and studio co-productions, announced that two of the feature films it worked on this year have been nominated for the visual effects Academy Award®; Real Steel and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Digital Domain Visual Effects Supervisor Erik Nash is recognized with his second Academy Award® nomination, and Digital Domain Digital Effects Supervisor Swen Gillberg with his first for their work on Dreamworks’ Real Steel. As the lead digital production studio on the movie, Digital Domain led a team that pioneered a new virtual production process that enabled director Shawn Levy to direct computer-generated (CG) characters as if they were actually present on set in real-world locations -- and achieve the visual spectacle of massive robots boxing in a way that felt visceral and believable. Learn more at

Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon marks Digital Domain’s return to the franchise for the third time and Visual Effects Supervisor Matthew Butler’s first Academy Award® nomination. Digital Domain’s work included creating new and returning robot characters and a key sequence featuring wing-suited skydivers bailing out of helicopters and flying over the burning city of Chicago under attack by the Decepticons. The company also contributed 2D-to-3D conversion artistry to the stereo 3D feature film for director Michael Bay. Learn more at

Nash, Gillberg and Butler will attend the Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, where the outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be recognized and televised live by the ABC Television Network.

About Digital Domain Media Group
Digital Domain Media Group is an award-winning digital production company. Since its inception in 1993, it has been a leading provider of computer-generated ("CG") animation and digital visual effects ("VFX") for major motion picture studios and advertisers. The company, its work and its employees have been recognized with numerous entertainment industry awards and nominations, including seven awards issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — three Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and four awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement. Our filmography of over 80 major motion pictures includes Thor, TRON: Legacy, the Transformers trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apollo 13 and Titanic. The company’s digital production capabilities include the creation of CG animated content, performance capture, the conversion of two-dimensional ("2D") imagery into three- dimensional ("3D") imagery and CG visual effects such as fluid simulation, terrain generation and photorealistic animation.

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