are some of the projects you've worked on in the past and ones that you
are currently working on?
Troopers, Spawn, Stir Of Echoes, Inspector Gadget, Dr. Dolittle, Deep
etc. We're currently finishing up The
screen graphics and I'm hot and heavy into The
T2 DVDs right now, where we're doing some incredible 3D animated menus
all on the Mac. The BFTR website pretty much covers everything we've done
in the past...
What type of Macintosh computer(s) do you use for your projects?
I use both a blue and white G3 and some G3-upgraded 9500/9600s, as well
as an Avid Media Composer, which runs on a Mac 9500.
At left is one of our
two digital fish shots. We modeled and animated this Macrourus
berglax in Softimage with different light passes and composited
it using Adobe After Effects on the Mac.
are you currently using in your projects?
Adobe Photoshop, a ton of Adobe After Effects, Play's ElectricImage, Puffin
Designs Commotion, Adobe Illustrator, and autodessys' form*Z... those
are the main ones.
What are some of
the challenges you face in your projects?
Speed is okay, but storage and file movement are always a challenge, as
we have routinely put 500-frame 2K shots through the Macs. Also, getting
people to take seriously the ARTISTRY that goes into the work, when they
can't see past the idea that it's "just a Mac." In Hollywood, you don't
sometimes get taken
The guinea pig was photographed against a blue board (to keep him
from falling), with his paws attached to a metal rod, all of which
had to be meticulously erased before animation could begin.
Rodney doin' his thing, in one of our guinea pig shots.
©1998 Twentieth Century Fox
seriously if you're
using the same hardware that some studio exec's nephew can use, even if
your work is on par with the effects stuff done at the big houses on much
more expensive platforms. It really comes down to HOW you use the hardware,
not necessarily what the hardware is. You don't have to be on SGIs to
do A-list feature film work. We're proof of that, and I think we and other
houses and artists have proven the Mac as a viable professional platform
in everything from feature film visual effects to screen graphics and
DVD content creation.
Of all of the projects
that you've worked on, which is your favorite? Why?
The FINISHED ones...;-) Actually, that's a tough question... both TITANIC
and DR. DOLITTLE were pretty satisfying in that we did stuff that could
cut in seamlessly with Digital Domain and ILM's work on the former, and
we were able to make animals talk in After Effects for the latter. But
all of our shows have been kind of neat in that we can say "We did all
that on Macs."
To view the Banned
From The Ranch demo reel click here