Looking to cash in on the Oscars hype, Adobe Systems reminded movie fans this week that its software contributed to "The Gladiator," which won an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. The filmmakers didn't turn to expensive, high-end editing software for several scenes, the company noted. Instead, they used Adobe's After Effects and PhotoShop software.
One scene created with After Effects occurs after Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, arrives home to find his family slain. He falls to the ground and the film cuts to a nightmare. This scene features the sun crashing into the horizon with time-lapsed clouds passing overhead. The scene then cuts to several segments such as one of Crowe being moved on an invisible dolly with rocks beneath him. "Several people were amazed that we could create such high-end visual effects on the desktop," Wes Sewell, the visual effects editor for DreamWorks, said in a statement.