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Anthem Visual Effects Wraps 13 "Masters of Horror" VFX Projects

More than 200 shots completed for original one-hour movies (February 09, 2006)
Anthem Visual Effects has completed over 200 visual effects for IDT Entertainments ?Masters of Horror, a series of 13 original one-hour movies in HD co-produced by IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions, according to Lee Wilson, President and Visual Effects Supervisor at Anthem.

Anthem employed green screen shots, 3D motion tracking and compositing (using Mac in OS X) to create CG elements and construct 3D environments from bloody knives and disturbing eyes to a creepy cliffs edge shack in the moonlight, a woman with the legs of a deer and a rat with a human face.

Directors on ?Master of Horror include the most renowned names in the horror genre, including John Landis (?American Werewolf in London), John Carpenter (?Halloween), Don Coscarelli (?Phantasm), Mick Garris (?The Stand), Joe Dante (?The Howling), Dario Argento (?Suspiria) and Stuart Gordon (?Re-Animator). Leading screenwriters include Richard C. Matheson (?Tales from the Crypt) and David J. Schow (?A Nightmare on Elmstreet).

The Coscarelli-directed ?Incident On-and-Off a Mountain Road centers on the terrifying encounter of a young woman with a monster of a man named Moonface.  Anthem helped tell a classic Coscarelli tale by employing a 3D matte painting and green screen compositing to virtually situate the shack Moonface inhabits on the edge of a cliff hanging over raging water below.

?We had to create a large environment that combined many elements that had to blend seamlessly together, said Wilson. ?Moonfaces shack was in an entirely different location from the cliff. We had to marry the two locations and build a 3D environment which enabled the camera to travel through the window of the shack and over the edge of the cliff.  Anthem also helped in showcasing the gory aftermath of Moonfaces work, as well as creating some ?danger enhancement involving Moonfaces giant drill press and a human eye.

For Dario Argentos ?Jenifer, Anthem helped create a hypnotically captivating but disturbingly disfigured womans face.  Abnormally large eyes were created by having the actress wear full surface scleral lenses, tracking her head movements in 3D space, and digitally enlarging her eyes using Apples Shake.  The studio also added some strange and creepy blinks to add realism.  Anthem also augmented a dummy of an eviscerated young girl, shooting still shots of the actors face and compositing it onto the dummy, then adding a sprinkling of CG blood.

For ?Chocolate, directed by Mick Garris, Anthem used a variety of CG techniques to help split open a victim from navel to sternum. A generous amount of CG blood was created with Real Flow to add to the horror.

About Anthem Visual Effects
Anthem Visual Effects, located in Vancouver B.C., was founded in 2004, and is led by President and Visual Effects Supervisor Lee Wilson, Visual Effects Producer Lisa Sepp-Wilson, and Digital Effects Supervisor Sebastien Bergeron.  Anthems first project was the Hallmark/SciFi Channel miniseries ?Legend of Earthsea, for which the studio (together with another facility) delivered over 400 visual effects shots.  ?Legend of Earthsea received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For a Miniseries, Movie or a Special and won the 2005 Leo Award for Best Visual Effects in a Feature Length Drama.

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