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- March 6, 2001
Press View 20 Minutes
of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Roger Yim of the San
Francisco Chronicle was lucky enough to catch a preview. In an article
titled "'Fantasy' Photorealism Impresses, but animation falls short
on facial expressions"
The Spirits Within will be released in theaters on July 13, 2001.
Miramax Films Nabs
Avalon centers on a beautiful woman who is unrivaled as champ of a computer-simulated battle/fantasy game but suffers nonetheless from conflicting emotions in a disturbed near future. When a former romantic interest's body is found catatonic after his spirit "gets lost" in the game, she takes it upon herself to find him by re-tracing the steps he took, and makes the dangerous decision to follow him to a secret level of the game from which no player has ever returned.
"Avalon is a
highly engaging film which carves stylistic new ground in the world of
technology while simultaneously achieving a beautiful artistry,"
said Mentre. "It is a great example of our focus on acquiring original
material from bold, inventive directors."
Insights on Live Action Scooby Doo Movie Emerge
"The production team couldn't have picked a better place to shoot this feature," says Queensland's Minister for the Arts, Mr. Matt Foley. "The Gold Coast region of Queensland is vibrant, friendly and full of colorful characters, just like the original `Scooby Doo' series. Our talented local crew and state of the art facilities will ensure that filming will be hassle free for the `Scooby Doo' production, just as it has been for the countless international crews that have shot here in the past."
According to Warner Bros, "Scooby Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang meddle their way into a bona fide mystery that leads them into murky and possibly supernatural waters." Outside of that blurb, most of the storyline remains underwraps. It is known that the script underwent some rewrites when Mike Myers was no longer involved with the production.
All the characters in the movie are live action except for Scooby, which will be 3D animated. The role of Daphne is being played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. When watching the movie, you may find yourself thinking that you've heard Sarah Michelle Gellar's voice in a Disney animated movie. That would be correct. She was the voice of Andromeda in Disney's Hercules.
Comedy fans are in
for a treat as international comedy star Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean")
plays a role in Scooby-Doo as Mondavarious, the mysterious owner of Spooky
Island and procurer of the Mystery Inc. group's services.
News Link of the
Day - Novels With Interactive Animation
"...Mr. Loyer is engaged in serious storytelling, not computer game design. Like a number of digital artists, he is using the interactive elements of motion graphics (as online animations are called) to heighten the impact of his tale. Characters and objects may move on the screen, but what matters more is that they also respond to the reader's mouse click. The story will progress without any help, yet a click can change what the reader sees and feels..."
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