Media FX News Archives
- July 10, 2001
- A Look at Osmosis Jones and
- Carl's Jr. Delivers
Wallace and Gromit Toys
- Final Weekend Box Office
- News Link of the Day
- After Shrek, DreamWorks Slows Tortoise
at Osmosis Jones and Animo's Role
At first glance, the inside of a construction workers
body might not seem an interesting place to visit. That is, of
course, unless your tour guide is a rookie blood-cell cop named
Osmosis Jones, and the inside world glows with hundreds of trillions
be the experience awaiting filmgoers when Warner Bros. Osmosis
Jones hits the big screen in August. The story is set inside
the body of construction worker Frank Detorre, played in live-action
scenes by Bill Murray. Hollywoods first blood-cell hero,
Osmosis Jones (voice by Chris Rock), teams up with a rookie cold
tablet (voice by David Hyde Pierce) to hunt down and destroy a
lethal new virus within Frank.
Jones combines traditionally animated 2D drawings, 3D CGI
animation, 2D digital paintings, and live-action film. Cambridge
Animation Systems Animo was the central production tool
used to composite tens of thousands of high-resolution still images
combining both realistic and imaginary settings.
was the ideal framework within which to accommodate the creative
requirements of the more than 200 digital artists working on Osmosis
Jones, says Will Bilton, ACME digital specialist at
Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Animo offers a wide range
of compositing tools, providing close control over camera mechanics,
special effects and color styling. In addition, Animo allowed
us to make drastic changes during the flow of production. This
versatility was a key element in the making of the film.
might recall the 1966 film A Fantastic Voyage, and 1987s
Innerspace. Both took place inside a mans body, but
portrayed it as a dark, foreboding place. Osmosis Jones
shows the body as a world of vibrant colors and breathtaking landscapes.
digital artists the ability to color-style all aspects of a scene,
including CGI composites done in Maya 3D software, digital ink-and-paint
cells, photorealistic sequences, and painted backgrounds done
in Adobe PhotoShop and SoftImage Elastic Reality.
availability of more than 281-trillion colors in Animo ensures
that one scene is able to 'hook-up' to another without any variation
in color," says Bilton. "Color is controllable even
in a character's tone palette. This is useful if you are editing
a character's general tone but want the area that covers the eye
to be left alone. It is also possible to select any bitmap area
of existing pre-composites and make further changes, using a variety
of Animo's vector-based tools and filters."
to accommodate custom-designed filters in the form of plug-in
nodes was also vital to the films look. The nodes were developed
by Warner Bros. software engineers, who worked closely with the
the new nodes with existing ones created larger configurations.
Once a configuration is created, it can be saved as a macro for
use in different scenes.
Jones, the leading 2D characters all have dynamic and complex
macro configurations containing more than 50 different filters,"
Bilton explains. "This enabled us to achieve the look of
a nucleus membrane using 2D drawings. Although the set-up was
initially time-consuming, once a character's macro was established,
it could easily be applied to every one of that character's scenes
in the movie."
Based on edgy
casting and the rich combination of traditional animation, 3D
CGI and live-action, Osmosis Jones promises a world never seen
before in film. Animation directors are Piet Kroon, story artist
for The Iron Giant and Quest for Camelot, and Tom
Sito, animator for The Prince of Egypt, Antz, and many
others. Live-action directors are Peter and Bobby Farrelly, whose
credits include Theres Something About Mary, Kingpin,
Dumb & Dumber, and Me Myself & Irene.
to Rock and Hyde Pierce, voices include Brandy, Laurence Fishburne,
Ron Howard, William Shatner and Joel Silver. Joining Murray in
the live-action cast are Ben Stein, Molly Shannon and Chris Elliott.
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Jr. Delivers Wallace and Gromit Toys
(by digitalmediafx.com) Carl's Jr. launched a new promotion
this month that involves four kids collectible Wallace and Gromit
toys. Wallace and Gromit were made famous by Aardman Animations,
the creators of last year's Chicken Run. In the first week of
July, Carl's Jr. is reporting a strong interest in this newest
a set of four toys that can be collected during the Burger King
promotion. The first is Wallace
on a motorcycle. The second is Gromit
in an airplane. The wings from the airplane can be
pulled off to connect
the body of the plane to the motorcycle. The third
toy is Preston
with a sheep that he chases. The last toy is Gromit
chasing the evil penguin.
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Box Office Numbers
(by digitalmediafx.com) Final weekend box office numbers are
in and here are the results for the top animated and visual effects
The Lost Empire
represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.
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of the Day - After Shrek, DreamWorks Slows Tortoise
to USA Today:
DreamWorks is riding high on its huge summer hit, Shrek, the studio
has delayed a future project, Tortoise vs. Hare, a stop-motion
version of Aesop's famous fable that was due in summer 2003.
to shut down production was made by the co-founders of Aardman
Features, DreamWorks' British partner, which created last summer's
hit Chicken Run
here for the full story.
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