DAZ|Studio Software Brings to Life Inspiring Christmas Book Featuring Dick Van Dyke

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DAZ|Studio and DAZ Models Used to Create all the Spectacular 3D Illustrations Featured in the Enchanting Children’s Book “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest”

Last Updated: November 1, 2005 4:33 pm GMT
(DRAPER, Utah – Nov. 1, 2005) DAZ Productions Inc., a leading developer of professional-quality 3D software and models, today announced the brilliant illustrations featured in the charming Christmas picture book, “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest,” were created with DAZ|Studio, the company’s free 3D figure posing and animation software package, and existing DAZ models and accessories from its online store.

Produced by DAZ Productions and written by the company’s president, Dan Farr, “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest” is a beautifully illustrated and inspirational Christmas story about the joy of giving. Dick Van Dyke portrays Mr. Finnegan, a kind-hearted toymaker who helps a young girl understand the true meaning of Christmas. “Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest” is available now through DAZ Productions’ website (www.givingchest.com) and will be available in stores Nov. 15, 2005.

“One of my favorite hobbies is creating computer generated art and imagery, which is why I was thrilled to be characterized as Mr. Finnegan,” said Dick Van Dyke. “I’m a big fan of DAZ Productions and was absolutely amazed with the illustrations they were able to create with DAZ|Studio.”

Throughout the process, DAZ Productions used DAZ|Studio to create all the illustrations for the book. Based on early pencil sketches, initial scenes were laid out in DAZ|Studio with content gathered from DAZ Productions’ online store – a virtual shopping mall of 3D models and accessories. These initial composites were then improved in DAZ|Studio’s real-time environment, where lighting, cameras, poses and other elements were continuously refined. With assistance from NVIDIA, DAZ Productions used OpenGL to interact with the large scenes in real time and produce many of its test renders in a matter of only seconds, saving them a substantial amount of production time. Final renders were produced using 3Delight, DAZ|Studio’s software renderer option. 

“With a powerful feature set and virtually no learning curve, DAZ|Studio proved to be the perfect application for creating the illustrations in ‘Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest’,” said Dan Farr, president of DAZ Productions. “We simply could not have created artwork of this quality, under such a tight deadline, using any other 3D graphics design package.” 

DAZ|Studio
DAZ|Studio is a free, feature-rich 3D animation software package that puts a complete virtual photo and motion picture studio at your fingertips. With pre-configured 3D scenes, poseable characters, animals, environments, clothing and accessories, DAZ|Studio is the easiest way to quickly create high-quality digital imagery for games, multimedia, illustration and photography applications. To see a complete detailed list of DAZ|Studio’s features, please visit http://studio.daz3d.com/1_0features.php
 
Pricing and Availability
DAZ|Studio is free of charge and is available on Windows 98® SE or higher and Mac® OSX 10.3 or higher. DAZ|Studio comes with three pre-configured 3D scenes, including the popular Victoria model created by DAZ, an extensive user manual, and easy-to-follow tutorials for getting started. To obtain a free copy of DAZ|Studio, users register for a free account on the DAZ website and agree to participate in the company’s unique Tell-Ware program, which requires each DAZ|Studio user to tell at least two friends about DAZ|Studio and/or the DAZ website.

DAZ Productions offers a large library of 3D scenes and models that can be purchased for use with DAZ|Studio. The company also distributes the DAZ Dispatch, an informative weekly newsletter announcing new products, discounts and special offers for free products. Online tutorials, art galleries, interactive forums and special membership-based savings plans for customers are also available. For more information, please visit http://www.daz3d.com

About DAZ Productions
Founded in 2000, DAZ Productions Inc., located in Draper, Utah, is a market leader in 3D software and digital content creation. The company’s model library is renowned for high-quality 3D content at the industry’s most competitive prices. DAZ also develops powerful software applications that support its content, including Mimic™, a lip-synching application, and Bryce®, a 3D environment package. DAZ|Studio, the company’s first free 3D figure posing and animation software package, demonstrates the company’s commitment to expand and grow the 3D marketplace by offering free software and 3D content at affordable prices. DAZ’s products have been used in many professional productions, television shows and print publications such as “X-Men 2,” “Spiderman,” “Average Joe,” “48 Hours,” The Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, and the History Channel. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.daz3d.com.

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