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Friday - July 20, 2001
- Jurassic Park 3 Has Monster Opening
- Fox May Share Ice Age Distribution with DreamWorks
- Warner Bros. Opens Official Osmosis Jones Website
- News Link of the Day - Filmmaker Living Animated Life


Jurassic Park 3 Has Monster Opening
Jurassic Park 3
(by digitalmediafx.com) Jurassic Park 3 had the second largest Wednesday opening ever this week, bringing in an astounding $19 million in one day. The only movie to ever have a big Wednesday opening was Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

Jurassic Park 3 is expected to continue with huge numbers over the weekend as movie fans disappointed in this summer's offerings look for relief on the same dinosaur island featured in The Lost World.

Also on Wednesday, Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within saw a massive dip from last Wednesday when it opened with $5 million. On Wednesday of this week, the movie could only muster $793,772, a mammoth drop off that will send the movie to an early finish.

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Fox May Share Ice Age Distribution with DreamWorks
(by digitalmediafx.com) The magazine Inside is reporting that 20th Century Fox is in negotiations with DreamWorks to share distribution rights for next year's animated Ice Age movie. Under the terms of the agreement, DreamWorks would share the costs of the film and would be given either domestic or overseas rights to the film. Studios make such deals to lesson the up front impact of the movie. One of the most high profile films to enter a similar agreement was Fox's Titanic. Fox convinced Paramount Pictures to contribute a set amount of money to the film in return for domestic distribution rights. Titanic went on to become the highest grossing domestic movie of all time with Paramount's logo in front of the Fox film.

Ice Age is being created by Blue Sky Studio and is due in theaters on March 15, 2002.

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Warner Bros. Opens Official Osmosis Jones Website
(by digitalmediafx.com) Warner Bros. has opened up the official Osmosis Jones Website and has put out a national press release announcing the Website's existence. In the press release, Warner Bros. says about the Website, "Translated from real to Flash animation, the site re-creates some of the elaborate vistas from the film, as seen from inside the human body, and provides both a game mode and tour mode for visitors to creatively sample the "Osmosis Jones" experience." To visit the site, click here.

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News Link of the Day - Filmmaker Having Fun Living an Animated Life

According to the Journal Sentinel in an interview with David Clausen:

"Q: I read an interview with another stop-motion animator, David Allen, who said there is a certain paranoia that hangs over the whole process of stop-motion animation. Could you describe the making of stop-motion film?

A: For every second of film there are 24 frames, that's 24 still pictures. We take a character and we have to move him 24 times for every second of film. We start with a puppet, it's about 12 inches tall, and first we'll plan out what we want to happen, what the character's feeling. We go through and practice a shot a few times, and then I work with the animator, and when they feel confident, they do an actual shot on film..."

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