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Michael Bedard's famous Sitting Ducks are winging their way into full-blown CG animated life this Fall, thanks to the fully integrated 3D/2D workflow of Discreet's combustion and 3ds max and the artists at Toronto-based Krislin/Elliot Digital. Produced for Universal Pictures Visual Programming in conjunction with Los Angeles-based Creative Capers, the series will consist of twenty-six eleven-minute episodes that not only follow the misadventures of a hapless hero named Bill and his feather-brained cohorts, but also bring the gorgeous airbrush style of Bedard's famous poster illustrations to amazing three-dimensional reality.To tackle the enormous production output of a computer animated kid's show, Krislin/Elliot technical director Ryan Smith relies on the pipeline alliance of Discreet's compositing product, combustion and its 3D animation software, 3ds max. Smith explains that while models, animations and initial lighting passes are completed in 3ds max, they are then sent into combustion for visual sweetening and effects. Says Smith, Since going into full production in December, the combination of Discreet's combustion and 3ds max has greatly enhanced our workflow. For instance, Ryan explains that lighting can often be more realistically enhanced in the 2D, rather than the 3D, realm. For this show, we place a particular emphasis on lighting, carefully working with shadows, highlights and specularities in order to give the characters all the dimensionality of the original prints. Inside combustion's virtual 3D camera world, I can have objects move past the camera and light those objects as though they were volumetric. In one shot, our star duck Bill is seen running down a darkened street and we wanted to add a rim light as he ran by the camera. The easiest and most efficient way to create this photo-real effect was to take the shot inside combustion's toolkit and add 2D glints from there. Moving elements, or entire scenes, between the two products is pretty much child's play due to combustion's optimization of the Rich Pixel Format or RPF. Using RPF means we're able to render our scenes in one pass, and still have access to all of the information inside. Before RPF, we would have to break down our scenes to separate layers and rebuild them from their parts. For us it means we're seeing the complete image, while we are working, spending our time improving the scene instead of rebuilding it. combustion and 3ds max also prove their compatibility and power when it comes to integrating CG characters with props or backgrounds. As Smith reports, one of the most difficult jobs in computer animation production is marrying elements so that they appear to live in the same environment. In a recent episode, Smith and team created a convincing 2D effect for a 3D prop. One of the primary characters was sitting at a table dressed as a gypsy fortune teller. As she speaks, she's smoothes the wrinkles of the tablecloth. In combustion, we were able to create convincing animation of the wrinkles and smoothing using 2D filters. The final composite was then rendered and sent to Discreet's edit. Finally, Smith speaks to the speed of the overall pipeline created by linking Discreet software. If retakes are needed, they are easily completed within the combustion environment without the additional redo steps required by other competitive products. Says Smith, In a production-intensive animation environment, those kinds of seemingly small savings add up fast. For Universal and Krislin/Elliot Digital, Discreet solutions definitely have wings.All images (c) Universal Pictures Visual Programming 2001Limited Edition on the Carol Duvall ShowPaula GarcesMae Clarke April 20041. Find DVDs on eBay Great deals on new and used products on eBay , the UK's largest online marketplace. ebay Aktuelle PartnerseitenDer Papier Discounter:a4-papier Ship of FoolsArt Print31 in. x 26 in.UnframedFramed / MountedLiving TogetherArt Print20 in. x 26 in.UnframedFramed / MountedGreat White HypeArt Print31 in. x 27 in.UnframedFramed / MountedBear Dance36 by 27 Art Print 26.99ordering | mounted | framedWall Street Jubilee18 by 24 Art Print 14.40ordering | mounted | framedMarch of Silenus24 by 35 Art Print 22.50ordering | mounted | framedLa BauleCharles Allo28 in. x 39 in.Buy this Vintage PrintMercy [DVD] (1995)A high-powered New York lawyer whose daughter is abducted is sent on a grueling and dangerous trek through the city streets by the kidnappers, who appear to be after revenge more than money, in this gripping thriller that stars John Rubinstein, Sam Rockwell, Amber Kain. 85 min. Soundtrack: English; audio commentary.Category: Mystery Director: Richard ShepardCast: Amber Kain, Sam Rockwell, John Rubinstein, Maura TierneyAlso Available: VHSRated: R ColorWas 14.99 9.99 DVD #D71909Tell A Friend Send As A Gift^ back to topEDGE VOLUME 2 Tradepaperback! 2.00-19h 13mOrganized and annotated links to Michael Bedard resources on the Internet.2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:Phenomenal book :), August 25, 2000Reviewer: A readerThe adorable ducks on the cover of Sitting Ducks caught my attention when I was perusing a local book store and I proceeded to sit down and finish the book right there. The enthralling story of the bond that forms between the duck and alligator completely made my day. The pictures themselves are worth the [ ], my personal favorite was looking at all of the ducks' expressions as they work out. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to brighten their day with a great children's book.Emily Arnold McCully is the author and illustrator of more than twenty books for young readers, including Starring Mirette and Bellini, The Ballot Box Battle, the Bobbin Girl, and Mirette on the highwire, which won the Caldecott Medal. She has also illustrated more than a hundred books by other authors. She lives in New York City and Chatham, New York.ArtistBedard MichaelTitleLiving togetherSubjectMotif - CartoonsSize ('' / cm)15.75 x 11.81 / 40 x 30AvailabilityUsually ships within 24 hoursArticle#2400240 (AUD)48.16ArticlesMyriam Bédard*Bédard, Myriam (1969- ), Canadian biathlete, who won two gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Bédard was the first Description: This soft toy carries a colourful backpack with a velcro fastening, which opens to reveal a fun board book full of Sitting Ducks quips and quacks. Soft and huggable, these book buddies combine all the fun of a toy with the entertainment of a picture book.Stock: currently 1 items in stockLaura ReganPaula RegoGirl Who Has Been Sick Resting With Her Favourite Cuddly 2000 Paula RegoGirl Who Has Been Sick Resting With Her Favourite Cuddly 2000

 

 

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