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Autodesk Acquires Wonder Dynamics, Empowering Artists with Cloud-Based AI Technology

Wonder Studio makes it easier for artists to animate, light, and arrange 3D figures into live-action scenarios since it is compatible with major 3D applications like Autodesk Maya.

The makers of Wonder Studio, a cloud-based 3D animation and visual effects solution that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with well-known 3D tools, Wonder Dynamics has been acquired by Autodesk, Inc. Wonder Studio makes it easier for artists to animate, light, and arrange 3D figures into live-action scenarios since it is compatible with major 3D applications like Autodesk Maya. More artists will be able to include 3D animated figures into their works thanks to this calculated acquisition, which will also lower the learning curve and automate procedures that were previously difficult and time-consuming. The agreement’s terms were kept a secret.

“Bringing Wonder Dynamics into the Autodesk Media & Entertainment portfolio extends our history of empowering artists with innovative and accessible solutions that break down barriers to entry,” said Diana Colella, Executive Vice President of Media & Entertainment at Autodesk. “In the 1990s, we helped artists learn how to use computers to create 3D graphics leading to the industry we see today, and Wonder Dynamics is our next step on that journey. By embracing emerging technology, we want to help teams and creators of all sizes and skill levels create more content, more easily, so everyone has the power to bring their inspiring stories to life.”

Wonder Dynamics is transforming the visual effects industry by creating AI and machine learning technologies that make it possible for filmmakers to create CGI and VFX elements more quickly and economically. Wonder Studio is a plug-in that works with high-end 3D applications such as Blender and Autodesk Maya, enabling efficient and superior character operations. The long-term goal of Autodesk is to unleash creativity by linking teams, data, and processes through Flow, the Media & Entertainment industry cloud on Autodesk’s Design and Make platform. The acquisition of Wonder Dynamics is in line with this goal.

For more than ten years, Autodesk has included artificial intelligence (AI) into a range of tools to assist creative workers in overcoming obstacles in a variety of sectors, including media and entertainment. As seen by its most recent 2024 State of Design & Make survey, which indicates that 78% of business executives think AI technology will improve their sector and 79% agree that it will lead to higher creativity, the organisation is committed to the ethical and responsible use of AI.

“Today marks a major moment in Wonder Dynamics’ journey as we join forces with Autodesk,” said Nikola Todorovic, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Dynamics. “The current misconception is that AI is a one-click solution, and that’s why we are excited to join a company that, at its core, supports the iterative nature of 3D and storytelling. We put a lot of effort into building an AI tool that does not replace artists, but rather speeds up creative workflows, makes things more efficient, and helps productions save costs. We firmly believe that our alignment with Autodesk will only amplify that vision and further push the boundaries of ethical AI and emerging technology in Media & Entertainment.”

“As an artist myself, I’m extremely grateful to make movies for a living, and we’ve always wanted to help other artists realize the same dream – regardless of their location, social status, or budget,” added Tye Sheridan, Co-Founder and President of Wonder Dynamics. “With Autodesk’s support and commitment to innovation, we now have the perfect partnership to continue this mission and redefine the narrative of what’s achievable in the realm of storytelling.”

Tye Sheridan who has also starred  had announced 6 months back that something was brewing with Autodesk. The media and entertainment industry is going to see some really cool features with this acquisition. Their website gives a great idea on what we can expect in the coming days. 

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Anshika Mathews
Anshika is an Associate Research Analyst working for the AIM Leaders Council. She holds a keen interest in technology and related policy-making and its impact on society. She can be reached at anshika.mathews@aimresearch.co
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