(Los Angeles, California--December 11, 2007) Eyetronics, an international provider of high resolution scanning services and animation-ready 3D models for feature films, television, commercials and computer games, provided 3D scanning for Midway’s next generation, original title Stranglehold™.
Stranglehold, which was released in September 2007 for PC and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and in October for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, marks Midway’s unique collaboration with Hong Kong movie legends, actor Chow Yun-Fat and director John Woo.
Eyetronics flew its scanning team to Hong Kong to scan Chow Yun-Fat and traveled locally to scan John Woo in his Santa Monica, California office for his cameo in Stranglehold. Woo was instrumental in developing the game with Midway, his first foray into the video game realm.
Chow Yun-Fat is featured in the role of Inspector Tequila Yuen, a reprisal of his role in Woo's 1992 film HARD BOILED. Set in Hong Kong and Chicago, Stranglehold allows gamers to control incredible gun battles and dramatic slow motion in Tequila Time™. The game features Woo’s signature action, shootout and destruction sequences, along with dazzling computer graphics and visual effects.
“Eyetronics’ state-of-the-art scanning process allowed us to capture all the minute details we needed to create the most realistic portrayal of ChowYun-Fat possible,” said Brian Eddy, director of Stranglehold. “From scanning and processing the images, to placing them in a format that allowed us to quickly integrate them into our art pipeline, Eyetronics was a great relationship that made the entire process an incredibly enjoyable experience.”
Nick Tesi, Vice President of Operations for Eyetronics in the U.S. and Canada, said “Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo are well known international stars and their virtual characters defy the law of physics in Stranglehold, so it was critical for them to be perfectly captured. Midway allowed us unprecedented freedom in the 3D scanning process and trusted us to deliver world-class images.”
Eyetronics provided 3D scanning for BioWare’s game Mass Effect and also scanned more than 1,400 Major League Baseball players and coaches for the Sony/SCEA game The Show and 2K Sports game Major League Baseball 2K7.
Eyetronics’ 3D scanning was chosen for many of this summer’s feature film releases, such as OCEAN’S 13, RUSH HOUR 3, and THE INVASION. Other recent feature film projects at Eyetronics include GRINDHOUSE, THE REAPING, BLADES OF GLORY and THE LAST MIMZY, THE FOUNTAIN, THE GUARDIAN, THE COVENANT, and the Academy Award®- nominated POSEIDON.
Eyetronics has also contributed to the hit NBC television series HEROES, as well as the anthology series MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION and MASTERS OF HORROR.
Eyetronics recently announced that it will expand its operations to Canada. Its first satellite office opened in Montreal in September of 2007, with plans to roll out further expansion to Toronto and Vancouver in 2008.
A collaboration with world renowned action film director John Woo’s Tiger Hill Entertainment, Stranglehold allows players to experience the excitement of true next-gen action as you take on the role of Inspector Tequila created by John Woo for his influential action film, HARD BOILED starring Chow Yun-Fat. Ensnared by a crime boss with a gripping secret, Inspector Tequila is forced to cross the line from sworn duty to renegade cop. Engage your enemies with intense cinematic gun battles and cause massive environmental damage in real-time or revolutionary slow-motion Tequila Time™. More information about Stranglehold can be found online at www.strangleholdgame.com
About Tiger Hill Entertainment
Tiger Hill is the sister company to Woo and Chang’s Lion Rock Productions, the feature film and television company whose credits include BROKEN ARROW, FACE/OFF, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II, THE BIG HIT and WINDTALKERS. Tiger Hill develops and creatively produces content for video games, animation, and comic book properties. Currently on shelves now is John Woo’s 7 BROTHERS published by Virgin Comics, and due for release early next year is the feature length anime EX MACHINA, the sequel to the 2005 feature anime APPLESEED. Woo’s next directing project, RED CLIFF, is due for release in the summer of 2008.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
Eyetronics specializes in high-quality 3D acquisition systems and services that enable faster production of 3D models, animation and visual effects. Its scanning products and services are used for realistic character generation and facial performance capture in feature films, television, commercials and computer games.