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April 25, 2005

Constantine Single Disc Widescreen DVD

Here is Constantine's DVD cover art for the single disc edition. Hellbent to release July 19th, 2005.

Note: This could be the Region 2 UK release cover, set to release July 11th.

Posted by dschnee at 12:12 PM

SIGGRAPH 2005 and Tippett Studio

Tippett Studio can be seen at this years Siggraph convention in L.A. in a few forms, including for the first time ever our very own booth on the exhibit floor! Below are a few details from a submission we have in the Animation Theater, and rumblings of a possible sketch are in the works...

Animation Theater
- (Tippett Studio Creates) "Hell L.A." & "Vermin Man" in Constantine (Tippett Studio)

I created a breakdown for the "Hell L.A." portion as Constantine gets up from Angela's apartment in the real world, as the camera pulls back to reveal Constantine in hell looking out at the 405 freeway. This breakdown will be included in Tippett's Animation Theater, very cool!

I've posted a quicktime of the breakdown, and it doesn't nearly do justice to viewing it on the big screen, but it will give you an idea of the work involved in putting together a shot from the Hell Freeway sequence we completed for Constantine.

So get down to Siggraph 2005 this year!

Posted by dschnee at 10:07 AM

April 17, 2005

Shake 4 Advanced Digital Compositing

Was announced today National Association Of Broadcasters (NAB). This is the software I use to Composite at work.

You can find out all the details at the apple.com/shake site.

A number of us at work, myself included, have been beta testing this latest version of shake, and so far pretty damn good. There are a number of new features, and a slew of fixes and requests that should finally make us much happier this time around. Finally we get a 3D Compositor!!! And the enhanced node view has some great features!

Here are some of the Features from apple.com/shake

Unified 2D/3D Compositing

Shake delivers the most efficient compositing operations for handling large images with pristine quality. From full 32-bit float Keylight and Primatte keyers to OpenGL-accelerated 3D multi-plane compositing, no other visual effects software delivers as complete a toolset for individual artists and full visual effects facilities.

* 3D Multi-plane Compositing
* Enhanced Node View
* Resolution Independence
* Tracking on Rotoshape Points
* 32-bit Keylight and Primatte
* Truelight Monitor Calibration

Advanced Image Processing

Shake leads the way in integrating the latest image processing technology into a single, affordable visual effects package. Shake’s Optical Flow technology uses pixel-by-pixel image analysis to create smooth retiming, incredible high quality resizing and automatic stabilization. The results are cleaner, sharper and more natural-looking images.

* Optical Flow-based Retiming
* Smoothcam and Tracking
* Shape-based Warping and Morphing
* Auto-Align

Ok, so here is that cool Citroen Transformer Dancing Car Commercial ~enjoy

Copyright © 2005 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by dschnee at 10:58 PM

April 15, 2005

Mike Fink on Constantine

3DA (El Portal del 3D y la Animación) conducted an interview with Constantine Visual Effects Supervisor Mike Fink.

See Also: Constantine's Production Information which includes some more insight from Mike Fink, Francis Lawrence the Director, and more.

Posted by dschnee at 11:24 PM