Keyframe Digital Delivers Bering Sea VFX for Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Sea”

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Last Updated: April 24, 2009 4:25 pm GMT
(Niagra-on-the-Lake, Canada--April 24, 2009) Animation and visual effects studio Keyframe Digital Productions recently completed VFX work for Discovery Channel’s two-hour television movie “Deadliest Sea.”

Keyframe performed on-set VFX supervision and digitally created crashing waves and relentless rain, stinging ocean spray, thunderous, stormy skies lit by lightning, battered rigging and a 3D model of a King Crab trawler along with a CG recovery helicopter.

“We created 35 VFX shots for the film,” said Keyframe’s Clint Green, “all of which were very complex and challenging. All the different elements had to come together seamlessly and realistically to make the audience feel, on a gut level, the perils tough and brave men face at sea, both from the job and Mother Nature.”

Produced by Working Edge Productions, Inc., “Deadliest Sea” is directed by T.J. Scott and produced by Karen Wookey. Executive Producers are Thom Beers, CEO and executive producer of Original Productions, and Philip Segal, president of Original Productions.

Based on the book “Working on the Edge” by Spike Walker, “Deadliest Sea” tells the story of a young man who joins the crew of a King Crab trawler in Alaska seeking to make some real money. The captain of the vessel plays a hunch about where to set traps in the Bering Sea, but the boat and crew are soon victims of a powerful and relentless storm which turns the ice cold sea into a death trap in the pitch black night. As the doomed vessel sinks, the men fight a desperate battle for survival against the brutal elements.

Set to air later this spring, the movie will be featured during season five of Discovery Channel’s popular, Emmy Award-winning series “Deadliest Catch” created by Beers.

About Keyframe Digital Productions
Keyframe Digital Productions provides a multitude of digital services including 2D and 3D animation, compositing, pre-visualization and state-of-the-art visual effects with an emphasis on broadcast digital animation and VFX.

Keyframe is the 2003 Accolade Winner in the “Award of Excellence” and “Best of Show” categories for work on the “Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree.” The company produced its own original property, “The Hugglers,” a 3D animated/live-action Christian direct-to-video release for pre-school children. “The Hugglers” was awarded an Accolade Award as well as Keyframe’s first Telly Award.

Television series the studio has provided visual effects for include “The Dresden Files,” “Monk,” “Playmakers” and “Mutant X.” Keyframe also provided all visual effects work for the movie “Crazy Canucks,” a feature length “dramedy” produced by Alberta Film Works and “Victor.”

Keyframe’s feature film credits include “Secret Window,” “Driven,” “Left Behind,” “Exit Wounds,” “Don’t Say A Word,” “K-19 - The Widowmaker,” “Bulletproof Monk,” and “X-Men.”

The studio co-produced and created 3D animation for the second season of Sesame Workshop’s “Pinky Dinky Doo.” Keyframe is the 2003 Accolade Winner in the “Award of Excellence” and “Best of Show” categories for work on the “Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree.” The company produced its own original property, “The Hugglers,” a 3D animated/live-action Christian direct-to-video release for pre-school children. “The Hugglers” was awarded an Accolade Award as well as Keyframe’s first Telly Award.

For more information about Keyframe Digital, go to: http://www.keyframe.ca

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