ENTITY FX Kicks In Visual Effects For "Rush Hour 3"

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Last Updated: August 22, 2007 8:45 pm GMT
(Santa Monica, CA-August 22, 2007) Entity FX, an award-winning feature film, television and commercial visual effects company based in Santa Monica, CA, and Vancouver, British Columbia, has created visual effects for "Rush Hour 3", the most recent installment from the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.


Rush Hour 3 reunites the comic detective duo of Lee and Carter (Chan and Tucker) as they take on Chinese organized crime in the heart of Paris. Visual effects work by Entity FX included 3D backdrops, digital matte paintings and screen composites that helped back up the action in several different interior and outdoor locations.

One challenge involved digitally adding a moving elevator to enhance suspense in an interior chase scene. Elevator elements as well as the character of Soo Young (actress Jingchu Zhang) were tracked in to seamlessly integrate live-shot material with digital matte painting elements.

Another required adding a convincing sky and feeling of motion for scenes in which Chan and Tucker take a transatlantic flight. With no production plates available, Entity FX created a 3D clouds environment made from multiple stereo-res 2D photographs.

"We basically created a movie of 3D clouds from sequenced stills with all of the perspective information we needed," said Eli Jarra, VFX Supervisor, Entity FX. "It allowed us to adjust speed and altitude as necessary."

Entity FX credits on the project include: Mat Beck and Eli Jarra: Visual Effects Supervisors; Kymber Lim: Executive Producer; Tricia Pifer: Head of Production: Jason Sanford: VFX Producer; Brian Petras, Nancy Hyland and Rob Reinhart: 2D Artists; and Rik Panero: 3D Artist.

Entity FX's toolset on Rush Hour 3 included Autodesk's Flame & Maya and Adobe After Effects.

About Entity FX
Entity FX is an award-winning visual effects studio specializing in feature film, television and commercials. With facilities in Santa Monica, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Entity FX delivers creativity on the demands of today's production with a range of services in pre-visualization, on-set supervision, virtual backgrounds, matte painting, environmental effects, compositing, CG animation, specialty photography and more.

Company credits range from motion pictures such as Sean Penn's Into the Wild, to Miami Vice, Spider-Man 2, The Aviator, Scary Movie 4 and many other movies. Credits in television include the hit series Smallville as well as numerous television pilots, specials and shows. For more information, visit http://www.entityfx.com or call (310) 899-9779 (Santa Monica) or (604) 646-2400 (Vancouver).

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