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Monday - August 27, 2001
- Matrix Anime Shots on the Way
- 3D Modeling for Jewelry Designers Introduced
- Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
- News Link of the Day - BBC Versus Disney


Matrix Anime Shots on the Way - Cast Member Killed
(by digitalmediafx.com) Some anime scenes supporting the story of The Matrix will be released to DVD on November 20, 2001 as part of a major documentary on The Matrix series. In addition, the DVD will provide an inside look at The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix 3.

According to Daily Variety, "With the debut of ``Matrix Reloaded'' not expected until May 2003, Warner Bros. is trying to maintain interest in the franchise by introducing a 2-1/2-hour documentary on the movie and its sequels this fall and hiring directors to produce anime episodes of the stories."

This is the second biggest news in the last four days regarding The Matrix. On Saturday, a plane carrying 22-year old actress/singer Aaliyah crashed, killing her. Aaliyah had roles in both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix 3. She had already filmed several scenes for the sequel.

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3D Modeling for Jewelry Designers Introduced
(edited press release) Caligari Corporation today announced jewelSpace 1, a new version of its trueSpace 3D modeling and animation program, customized for the jewelry design market. The software provides an easy-to-use, flexible 3D interface that lets jewelry designers work in a natural way, directly manipulating their designs in real-time. Finished designs can be output in a wide variety of formats for delivery to customers, rapid prototyping and milling machines, and for display on the web. The output is photorealistic, to exact scale and specifications, and viewable from all angles, allowing for new medium communication with goldsmiths, model makers, and customers.

"We're bringing 15 years of 3D experience to the jewelry design market," said Roman Ormandy, Caligari president. "jewelSpace's unique interface allows designers to directly manipulate 3D objects, ensuring that a designer's creativity isn't limited by the tools. You can literally 'reach into' your design workspace to build models and make changes, almost as if you were sculpting by hand. These designs can be easily shared with customers, even over the Web, then be approved, sent directly to a 3D printer, and within hours you have a wax prototype, ready for casting!"

The complete JewelSpace1 proTeam package, including jewelSpace software and all proTeam services, is now available directly from Caligari for $2000; annual proTeam renewal fees are $1200.

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Release Charts: Animated, Anime, and FX DVDs
(by digitalmediafx.com) There's a ton of new animated and anime DVDs this week to select from as outlined below:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 - stop motion animation)
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Edition
(1993 - stop motion animation)
Dragon Ball Z - Babidi - Battle Royal
(1996 - anime)
Dragon Ball Z - Babidi - Descent (1996 - anime)
Magic Knight Rayearth - Daybreak (anime)
Magic Knight Rayearth - Midnight (anime)
Magic Knight Rayearth - Noon (anime)
Magic Knight Rayearth - Sunrise (anime)
Magic Knight Rayearth - Twilight (anime)
Sabrina - The Animated Series - Sabrina's World (1999 - animated)
Star Blazers - The Quest for Iscandar Series 1 Part 6 (anime)
Vampire Princess Miyu - Initiation (anime)

Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for the Shrek 2-Disc DVD. Click here.
Amazon.com is also accepting pre-orders for The Phantom Menace DVD. Click here.

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News Link of the Day - Disney's Cartoon Violence Against BBC Has Real Cheek

According to the UK Observer:

"...In my naiveté, I am therefore truly astonished at the credibility given to Disney, Nickelodeon and other cartoon-dependent children's pay channels when they oppose the BBC's proposal for two free-to-air digital TV channels aimed at toddlers and older children. ..."

Click here for the full story.

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