◾ Show Time! MAYA Fluid Effects
I joined Alias as a part-time employee in 1994 to put some particle stu into their Power Animator soware when I was doing my PhD at the University of Toronto. In 1995, Alias from Toronto and Wavefront from sunny Santa Barbara were both acquired by Silicon Graphics from less
sunny Mountain View and merged to create Alias wavefront.* At the same time, people were working on a new revolutionary piece of animation so- ware called MAYA. It was nally released in 1998. is soware is used in many production houses and was awarded an Oscar in 2003. And yes, the Oscar is in the lobby of our oce in Toronto. Well, a good replica in any case, the real one is stored in a secure vault somewhere. We do not want some visitor to run away with the real thing.