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- March 27, 2001
Davey Animated Movie Receives Name Change
Meatball Animation 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.
Gladiator Not Deserving of Best Visual Effects Oscar
Commenting 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." Ebert, concurring, said "It did. It did."
Gladiator was the big winner Sunday evening, taking home five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Last year's 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.
Assists Father and Daughter
Boiling, sepia-colored 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 Animo software.
"Father 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.
Although '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.'
Animos 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.
Sometimes as many as a dozen matte runs and textures were needed per character, says Brooks, so scenes could become quite complex.
Coarseness 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.
"Father 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.
News Link of the
Day - Ads Add POW! With Special Effects
"Stunts, 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?"
Admakers are 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 the shots..."
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