Media FX News Archives
- March 27, 2001
- Whitey & Davey Animated
Movie Receives Name Change
- Critics: Gladiator
Not Deserving of Best Visual Effects Oscar
- Animo Assists "Father
- News Link of the Day
- Ads Add POW! With Special Effects
& Davey Animated Movie Receives Name Change
(by digitalmediafx.com) Meatball Animation's first animated theatrical
release has undergone a name change from Whitey & Davey
to Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. The script, written
by Adam Sandler and Allen Covert, is an irreverent animated musical
comedy that centers around two people named Whitey & Davey
during the Christmas holidays. Actual animation on Adam Sandler's
Eight Crazy Nights began earlier this month by Meatball Animation
after several months of scripting, storyboarding, and voice acting
is owned by Adam Sandler and is named after his dog, Meatball.
The film is expected to be distributed by Columbia Tristar Pictures
this year in time for the Christmas holiday season. Adam Sandler
voices one of the title characters, Davey. The film is being aimed
at a "PG-13" audience.
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Gladiator Not Deserving of Best Visual Effects Oscar
(by digitalmediafx.com) There are many critics claiming that Gladiator
was not worthy of its Best Visual Effects Academy Award that it
took home Sunday night. Two well known film critics, Roger Ebert
and Richard Roeper, have both publicly stated that Battlefield
Earth "had better special effects" than Gladiator.
Battlefield Earth wasn't even nominated.
on what he called the "embarrassing" prospects of Gladiator
winning for Best Picture at the Academy Awards Sunday (March 25),
Roeper told KABC-TV (Channel 7) Los Angeles entertainment reporter
George Pennacchio in a recent aired interview that "I think
Battlefield Earth had better special effects than Gladiator."
concurring, said "It did. It did."
was the big winner Sunday evening, taking home five Oscars, including
Best Visual Effects race was much more intense at the prospect
of The Matrix upsetting Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom
Menace. The Matrix took home the Oscar. The Matrix
DVD continues to be a best seller even though it was released
to DVD well over a year ago.
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Assists Father and Daughter
(by digitalmediafx.com) Cambridge Animation Systems has announced
that its Animo software was used to help create the Academy
Award "Best Animated Short" film, "Father and Daughter."
According to Cambridge Animation Systems:
textures synchronize with a mournful accordion score to create
a sense of longing in "Father and Daughter," a film
directed by Michael Dudok de Wit that won an Oscar for best animated
short. Although the visuals have a traditional charcoal-and-pencil
look, they could not have been created without the work of Spider
Eye Limited (London, UK) using Cambridge Animation Systems
and Daughter" tells of the longing a daughter experiences
after her father bids her farewell at the beginning of the twentieth
century. As the vast Dutch landscapes and waving poplars go through
the change of seasons, so, too, does the young girl. Even as she
has become a woman with her own family, she often returns to the
spot where she last stood with her father, yearning for his return.
'Father and Daughter' is stylistically simple, it was difficult
to achieve and would have been impossible to create traditionally,
says John Brooks, producer with Spider Eye. With Animo,
we were able to satisfy all of the directors requirements
and add value to many of the scenes of 'Father and Daughter.'
Textures Add Depth
Director Michael Dudok de Wit wanted to avoid the flat, painted
feel of cel painting and chose instead to fill areas with different
boiling textures. He created colored, grainy textures
in Photoshop and sent them to Spider Eye. The images were entered
into Animo and short film clips were made by randomly moving the
images under the camera. The textures were output at high resolution,
imported into final scenes, and matted to fill areas of the character
Layer Palettes feature was used to create the matte runs that
define the fill areas on the character animation. A color model
was made that allowed individual colors in the painters
palette to be isolated as a black matte run.
as many as a dozen matte runs and textures were needed per character,
says Brooks, so scenes could become quite complex.
of the grain of the boiling textures was also an issue, according
to Brooks. The textures were scaled to the smallest possible size
and keyframes were put on the animation timeline so they could
be moved to follow the action of the character animation. When
compositing was completed, the animation was output at high resolution
and transferred to film.
and Daughter" made its debut at the Ottawa International
Film Festival, where it won the Independent Film and Peoples
Choice awards. Other awards include Grand Prize at the Cinanima
Animation Festival and Best International Animated Film at the
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
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of the Day - Ads Add POW! With Special Effects
According to USA Today:
stand-ins and special effects used to be costly tools left to
big-budget movies, but these days more and more commercials also
leave viewers wondering, "How'd they do that?"
showing no fear when it comes to daredevil moves: busting up cars,
battling aliens and killer bees, blowing up buildings and tossing
people from them. Computer software is helping to free up creative
juices. And marketers are hiring high-priced studio types to call
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