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- June 20, 2001
Final Fantasy Emerges
After Actors Deadline
While visionaries George Lucas and Steven Spielberg claim actors have nothing to worry about, studios continue to show advancements in the realm of animation (through films like Final Fantasy and Shrek) that bring the mediums of live action and animation one step closer. Plus, realistic looking animated characters don't talk back, don't sue, don't demand outrageous residuals, and they can learn new techniques fairly fast.
In a recent Digital Media FX interview about the character Princess Fiona in Shrek, the Supervising Animator, Raman Hui, made following comment about Princess Fiona's Kung Fu segment:
"We do have animators in our group who know Kung Fu. With that, we could talk about different moves and how we could apply that to the animation," he says. "It was really fun to do and actually it might take less time to make a computer generated character to do really good Kung Fu than training a real person to do the same moves."
Even with continuous advances, actors need not fear for their jobs... that is unless their demands are outrageous. Technology can move like lightning at that point.
In tacking the subject of the actors negotiations with studios, the LA Times stated on Monday, "Although the two sides remain at odds over money issues, there still are no signs the talks are in danger of breaking off as they did during the earlier, often testy negotiations between studios and the Writers Guild of America."
The current contract
with actor unions expires June 30, 2001.
PDI/DreamWorks - Shrek Surpasses $200 Million
(by digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX magazine congratulates PDI/DreamWorks for Shrek achieving multi-blockbuster status. Few films ever surpass $200 million at the domestic box office. Yet Shrek did so in just five weeks. Congratulations to all the artists, crew, cast, and technicians involved in bringing Shrek to life.
Star Wars: The
Phantom Menace DVD Details
Special features on the disc include:
Unfortunately there is not a feature to delete (or mute) Jar-Jar, the highly annoying digital character that received a major backlash from critics and Star Wars fans alike. Despite the backlash, Lucas announced he would bring back Jar-Jar in Episode 2.
News Link of the Day - Lara Croft Buries Criticism
According to The Times:
video game heroine Lara Croft has triumphed in her first Hollywood film,
surviving attempts by American critics to bury her alive
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