FrameCycler Helped Set "The Wild" Free at C.O.R.E. Feature Animation

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Used throughout production on latest feature from Disney

Last Updated: April 25, 2006 7:15 pm GMT
(Toronto: April 25, 2006) IRIDAS' FrameCycler played a key role in the production pipeline at C.O.R.E. Feature Animation, the facility where Disney's most recent feature, The Wild, was made. The Wild is currently playing in theaters across North America.

"We used FrameCycler DDS throughout the day, every day for all our lighting department approvals while doing The Wild," said Matt Welker, Director of Technology at C.O.R.E. Feature Animation. "It is very important to view shots in continuity and in real-time. FrameCycler DDS allowed us to view entire sequences and easily compare any version we had on the system."

For the team at C.O.R.E. full resolution review of work-in-progress was never more than a click away. "With FrameCycler DDS it was easy to bring content online," added Welker. "Any of our artists could access the shots and check them whenever they needed to."

These sentiments were echoed at ReelFX Creative Studios, based in Dallas, who completed the opening sequence of the film. "We've used FrameCycler regularly over the years on a wide variety of projects. We particularly like it because of its speed and dependability," said Augusto Schillaci Look/Lighting Director at the facility. "We find it to be a great tool for reviewing our projects that are in the lighting stages. We get a clear accurate view of the pieces and all their layers."

The film represents a tremendous achievement for the C.O.R.E. Feature Animation. "Being removed from Hollywood, we have to give our work everything we've got," said John Mariella, VP and Co-Founder of the Toronto facility. "There were plenty of people who said we couldn't do this project [The Wild] yet here we are: it's done and it's great!"

Reviews of the film have applauded the quality of the animation which is particularly gratifying for the team at C.O.R.E. According to John Mariella, VP and Co-Founder: "We had to face numerous challenges along the way such as complex animations and rendering characters with full fur: we're talking about grooming and styling millions of hair primitives to give them the unique look that the director and art director wanted. It was a lot of work, but I have to say, we cruised to the finish: everything went fine."

And this is just the start for C.O.R.E. Feature Animation. "We're proud of the team we've built here, said Mariella. "We have a full slate of exciting new projects on the go now."

To see FrameCycler in action, visit IRIDAS at NAB (with Ciprico, booth SL4987). For more information on the FrameCycler family of uncompressed playback applications, visit www.iridas.com, contact IRIDAS at +49 89 330 35 142. To schedule a demo, call IRIDAS USA at (818) 951-8927.

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