By CHRIS MCGOWAN
As visual effects have proliferated in the movie and TV industries, open source software (OSS)’s appeal and importance have steadily grown. As a result, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) teamed with the Linux Foundation in August 2018 to form the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) to create and maintain free open source software for the industry and construct a healthy ecosystem for engineers and artists who want to contribute to this software. The VES is an Associate Member of the ASWF.
The origins of the ASWF trace back to when the AMPAS Science and Technology Council conducted a two-year survey into the use of OSS across the motion picture industry and discovered that almost 84% of the industry uses open source software, especially for animation and visual effects. AMPAS undertook the survey because it identified open source software OSS as a key strategic area for the motion picture industry.