The Academy Color Encoding System 1.0 (ACES) was launched in December 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The result of over 10 years of industry-driven development and testing, ACES provides a standardized color management infrastructure to replace what was lost in the transition away from film. A key application addressed by ACES 1.0 is visual effects production. The addition of the ACEScg color encoding to compositing, lighting, rendering and other CG workflows will simplify element interchange and preview, as well as enable high dynamic range and wide gamut deliverables.
The Siggraph 2003 presentation on the ESC Lighting Reconstruction Toolkit, an Image-Based Lighting approach used on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions are online here.
Haarm-Pieter Duiker, ESC Entertainment
The demands of photo-realism required of the effects for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions led us to create a system for directly and accurately reconstructing real world lighting environments. The Lighting Reconstruction Toolkit builds on research in the area of Image-based Lighting and extends current techniques to enable the reconstruction of lighting that more closely matches the real world.