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Opens - Huge Weekend Expected
Many critics have been giving A.I. rave reviews scattered with mixed reviews and a handful of negative reviews. Here are some samples:
Rave Review Quote:
Mixed Review Quote:
Quote: Orlando Sentinel
A.I. is being
released by Warner Bros. domestically and DreamWorks overseas. Parents
with small children should be cautioned that this movie is no E.T.
as the rating reflects.
Exploring the Dark
Side of Star Trek (New Video Game)
- Orion Pirates centers around the deadly Orion Pirates, a long-standing
element of the Star Trek Universe. A brutal force of privateers and criminals
controlling territories of Federation Space, the Orion Pirates consist
of eight cartels, each with unique histories, user interfaces, crew voices
and identifying logos. The game features a 12-mission campaign plus 26
skirmish missions and three bonus missions based on the classic TV episode
"A Piece of the Action".
The Squire's Tale
Animation, rendering and backgrounds for The Squires Tale were produced at Jumping Jack Productions Ltd. for transfer to Spider Eye, which provided direction, ink and paint, and compositing. Animators used Animo to produce multiple mattes made from both textures and watercolor artwork that was scanned in, creating the effect of watercolor washes on textured paper. The saturated colors of cross-dissolving watercolor swatches blended seamlessly and combined with multi-planing camera techniques to produce a very lyrical illustration of Chaucers text.
Much of the characters bodies were left transparent, allowing the individual watercolor backgrounds to appear loosely matted to the characters shapes. Defined character areas such as belts, garment patterns and skin tones were created by matting shapes out of watercolor-painted swatches that were scanned into the computer. For moving characters, it was often necessary to create film clips of cross-dissolving backgrounds that were then imported into scenes and matted to the characters in the final composite.
afforded us a great degree of flexibility with the ability to edit and
adjust effects to produce the required look, says John Brooks, producer
with Spider Eye. Animos Layer Palettes feature was invaluable
for creating the necessary black matte runs to achieve a multi-layered
News Link of the
Day - Cinar Pulls Back From the Brink
According to the Montreal Gazette:
has begun to turn the corner on the financial woes that have nearly destroyed
it. The Montreal film-and-animation house reported a first-quarter loss
of $6.35 million on revenues of $24.7 million. That compares with a loss
of $51.2 million in revenues of $27.5 million for the corresponding three
months last year
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