The boutique software company cebas Visual Technology Inc. created the highly advanced 3D special effects software that allowed the director of the upcoming movie epic "2012", Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day", "The Day After Tomorrow"), to "destroy" most of Los Angeles along with other well-known parts of the world. The $200 million blockbuster from Sony Pictures will have its worldwide release on November 12 and 13.

"This epic is a milestone for us and confirms our decision to move operations from Germany to the West Coast," cebas CEO Edwin Braun said. "Now we are closer to our clients in the Vancouver film and interactive entertainment industries and in the same time zone as the Hollywood movie and San Francisco game production centers."

The 20-year-old, privately held company is bringing more glamour to Victoria and its growing technology base. Cebas builds next generation animation and special effects tools that have been used in such well-known pictures as Spiderman, Star Trek and Harry Potter and many top selling computer games such as StarCraft, NeedForSpeed Pro Street Racing, Command & Conquer, and many more.

"2012" Computer Graphics Effects Supervisor Ari Sachter-Zeltzer noted: "Our partnership and tight collaboration with cebas was an integral part of our image pipeline and enabled our artists to take on extremely complex destruction effects that would normally require a far larger team. The effects in the movie's central Los Angeles and Las Vegas sequences would not have been possible without the ThinkingParticles and VolumeBreaker software from cebas."

"Cebas worked very closely with us to develop the technology we needed in our demanding production environment, which allowed us to solve our most exacting technical challenges," Ari Sachter-Zeltzer added.

Not only were these tools used in all destruction effects involving thousands of objects in buildings, roads, cars and airplane crashes, the company's FinalRender product also enabled very efficient rendering of the finished images in the more than 250 special effects shots in the ground-breaking "2012" movie. Cebas software is also used in the major motion picture Red Cliff, currently in a worldwide release.