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Special effects expert on her way to Oscars

Talent behind blockbuster movies to fly to Beverley Hills

09 February, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Abigail Brady is preparing for the sci-tech awards

IT’S Oscars time and the winner is…. a technology whizz in Soho.

Abigail Brady, 38, is due to fly to Los Angeles this weekend for an Academy Awards ceremony at which she will be honoured for her role in the team which developed Nuke, a software system which helps film-makers produce the special effects which light up their films.

Although they do not get the same media attention, the sci-tech awards – held a fortnight before the main event – are handed out by the same Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverley Hills.


Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart will host the ceremony on Saturday at the glitzy Beverley Wilshere Hotel.

“It’s so exciting,” Ms Brady told the Extra. “It feels so weird. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to present him with the Star Trek fan-fiction I wrote when I was 12.”

Ms Brady is being awarded for her work while employed by Foundry, a company based in Golden Square, which owns the rights for Nuke.

The software has been used by every best visual effects Oscar winner since 2010, including Inception, Gravity, Interstellar and Avatar. More recently it has been used on Blade Runner, Star Wars and the “live action” version of The Jungle Book.

Ms Brady and her colleagues were responsible for developing features for Nuke including the “particle stimulation”, which can be used to create smoke and fire.


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