TITLE

Movie Magic

AUTHOR(S)
Kirsner, Scott
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Fast Company;May2004, Issue 82, p84
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the motion pictures with special effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic. Industrial Light & Magic was founded in 1975 by George Lucas. In the final scene of the 1980s film Poltergeist, a suburban house that has been taken over by malevolent ghosts is swallowed into the ground. In order to create the effect, artists built a model house and a small yard that sat over a giant funnel. In the film Son of the Mask, the company needed to learn how to develop more natural-looking skin to create a digital stunt double for the actual babies who were to perform in front of the camera. In Pirates of the Caribbean, they decided to build a huge water tank out back and quarter-scale miniature ships. The 40 programmers at the PDI/DreamWorks group developed a software that allows the 200 animators and artists to give characters in Shrek more realistic facial movements. Developers tried to create shortcuts for animators, with prebuilt male and female forms that they could use as templates to create specific characters. They also programmed features such as character hair to behave simply as real hair would without requiring additional instructions or commands.
ACCESSION #
12749603

 

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