ATLANTA, GA October 26, 1999
Giant Studios MotionReality® system has been selected as the technology of choice for motion capture services on the highly anticipated New Line Cinema feature film trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings", directed by Peter Jackson. The announcement was made by Giant Studios President/CEO, Candice Alger, who declared, "We are elated to be chosen for this incredibly prestigious assignment."
New Line Cinema has contracted Weta, Ltd. of Wellington, New Zealand to provide the visual effects, and Weta has named Giant Studios as the exclusive motion capture resource for all three films.
"The Lord of the Rings" suite of films is based on the renowned works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and is being adapted for the screen by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and helmer Jackson. Jackson's Wellington-based production company, Wingnut Films Ltd., and Weta Ltd., New Zealand's leading visual effects company, have worked for over three years developing the Tolkien classic for the screen.
"The films are demanding in that we are faced with the task of creating tens of thousands of digital extras and creatures which have to share the frame believably with live actors," says Charlie McCellan, Weta's Visual Effects Producer. "Giant's state-of-the-art capture system and software allows us to apply performance capture with an ease and lifelike nuance that's never been seen before. Our goal from the outset has been to create a new style of animation more heroic and natural style of motion that combines the best of what motion capture and keyframing have to offer. Giant's collaboration with us in this effort has made it all possible."
Giant Studios Director of Research and Development, Matt Madden will oversee the production process. "Giant Studios MotionReality® software is being used for the motion capture-based character animation," states Madden. "We are also developing a library of software tools specifically for the development and production of the 3D character motion, as well as providing technical support for all aspects of the capture process."
"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is the largest production ever mounted in the Southern Hemisphere. The three technically challenging films will be shot in New Zealand over a period of 18 months. The production will assemble an international cast and employ a crew of over 300 from both New Zealand and abroad. 1,300 computer generated effects shots will be required for the trilogy.
The films began production this month in Wellington, New Zealand, staring Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean and being produced by Barrie Osborne (The Matrix), Tim Sanders (The Frighteners), and Peter Jackson. Executive Producers are Mark Ordesky, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein. Mark Stetson (The Fifth Element) is the Visual Effects Supervisor.
About Giant Studios
Giant Studios was formed to introduce the most intuitive and technologically advanced performance animation solutions to the entertainment market. Giant Studios holds the worldwide license for the Biomechanics Inc. MotionReality® motion capture system for use in feature films, commercial advertising, broadcasting, animation, games, location-based entertainment, Internet content and other entertainment-related media. Giant is setting the industry standard for motion capture and performance animation.
About New Line Cinema
Founded in 1967, New Line Cinema is the entertainment industry's leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. New Line licenses it's films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television as well as to international venues. The company, which is a subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc., operates several divisions including in-house theatrical distribution, marketing, home video, television, acquisitions, production, licensing and merchandising units.