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Tuesday - April 24, 2001
- DreamWorks Releases New Shrek Pictures
- Shrek Video Game to Launch with X-Box
- Alias/Wavefront Announces Maya 4
- News Link of the Day - Thunderbirds are Glas-go!

DreamWorks Releases New Shrek Pictures
(by digitalmediafx.com) After a successful star-filled Hollywood premiere on Sunday night, DreamWorks has released some more pictures from its highly anticipated Shrek movie. The first two pictures are from the premiere (poor image size and quality due to DreamWorks distribution) and the next three are from the movie:


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Shrek Video Game to Launch with X-Box
(by digitalmediafx.com) When the Microsoft X-Box is released this fall, one of the first titles to be released with it will be based on DreamWorks/PDI animated Shrek. The game is part of a five year licensing deal reached between DreamWorks and video game developer TDK Mediactive. DreamWorks will assist in creating a storyline for the game in allowing TDK Mediactive to use models that were used to create the movie. The goal will be to recreate the quality of the movie characters for the video game characters.

"TDK Mediactive is excited to be part of the first wave of the Xbox experience, especially with such a high-profile license. Shrek is a great video game character," said Vincent Bitetti, CEO of TDK Mediactive. "This is our first future-generation console title announcement, and we couldn't be more pleased with the support we have received from DreamWorks and Microsoft in this endeavor."

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Alias/Wavefront Announces Maya 4
(by digitalmediafx.com) The big 3D software players in the Hollywood FX industry are Softimage, 3D Studio MAX, LightWave 3D, and Maya. Yesterday, Alias/Wavefront announced a new version 4.0 of its Maya software. Billed as the "sixth major release" of the software, Maya 4 put most of its focus on ease of use, making the learning curve a tad easier for new users.

Maya 4 contains hundreds of state-of-the-art features and enhancements distilled from the input of the most experienced and renowned artists in professional 3D animation," says Chris Ford, Senior Maya Product Manager for Alias|Wavefront.

According to a press release put out by Maya, "Focused improvements have been made throughout Maya to ensure that the process a user goes through in order to learn how to complete a task or learn a skill is best of class for 3D software. To that end, Maya's feature set has been expanded in a manner that substantially optimizes and streamlines production workflow."

The new version also includes rendering improvements, character animation enhancements, better brush-based technologies, and improved controls for game designers.

Maya Complete 4 will be priced at $7,500 (US) and include modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Artisan, Paint Effects and MEL, an open interface for programming and scripting. Maya Unlimited 4 will be $16,000 (US) and includes Maya Fur(TM), Maya Cloth(TM) and Advanced Modeling features. Maya Builder 4 will be priced at $2,995 and include polygon modeling, texturing and animation capabilities for level editors, games tool programmers, and web applications.

Maya 4 will ship this June.

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News Link of the Day - Thunderbirds are Glas-go!

According to BBC News:

"An expanding media company has landed a contract to produce an animated computer game based on 60's TV puppet series Thunderbirds.

Absolute Studios, who also made the official game for animated feature film 'Chicken Run', have won the contract which will see them develop the 'no strings attached' software to complement the re-release of the series..."

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