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Award-Winning Film "Winter" Produced with Bauhaus Mirage

Hand-drawn storybook tale completed digitally with Mirage (October 15, 2004)

Bauhaus Software Inc., a leading provider of software for the 2D animation and digital visual effects markets, today announced that Happy Trails Animation's hand-drawn animated production, "Winter," was colored, composited and completed in Bauhaus Mirage. Set in the late 1800's European countryside during the dead of winter, "Winter" tells the tale of a little girl who lives with her ailing mother in a large Gothic style mansion. A rough-cut of the film took "Best of Show" at the Portland Indy Animation Film Fest in Portland, Ore. The world premiere of the film will take place at The Mill Valley Film Festival on October 14 and 16, 2004 in Mill Valley, Calif.

The Happy Trails team adopted Mirage as its primary production tool for the film, after testing it on the creation of a Chuck Jones-style cartoon piece they created for Cinemark. "Winter's" quill pen on paper with watercolor look is reminiscent of classic European storybooks, and appears to have been animated using an actual old-fashioned quill pen. This nostalgic, hand-drawn look is crucial to setting a place and time for the film.

"It has always been a struggle to achieve the organic style of physical art in the sterile world of the computer, so creating "Winter" in a hand-drawn style using digital techniques was new for us," said Andy Collen, president of Happy Trails. "Mirage allowed us to capture the rich organic look of ink on paper in a completely digital realm. In a world saturated with compositing and canned visual effects, Mirage allows us to re-create authentic art completely digitally."

""Winter" is a tremendous achievement, clearly proving the incredible breadth of the Mirage toolset," said Paul Ford, president of Bauhaus Software. "Mirage is the only tool that allows artists to create digital animation in a style and fashion that looks like it was done by hand; we are thrilled that these tools could contribute significantly to the success of this film."

"Winter" is gaining widespread attention as an official selection of film festivals around the world, including: Cinamina, Portugal's International Animation Festival; the Indy Memphis Film Festival in Memphis, Tenn.; the Denver International Film Festival and the North West Film Festival in Portland Ore.

About Mirage
The Mirage animation production environment provides a diverse toolset and a strong, centralized workflow for 2D animation, animated graphics, and special effects creation. Designed for projects of any resolution, ranging from HDTV and film to Web video, Mirage provides a common sense, powerful alternative to expensive proprietary solutions and complex software workflows. 2D animators use Mirage as a unified drawing, paint, animation and effects solution, allowing them to sidestep traditional scan/ink/paint workflows, and move directly from digital pencil tests to editing within a single product.

About Happy Trails Animation
Happy Trails Animation was founded in 1991 to provide an array of artistic services in an efficient, collaborative manner. Happy Trails is more than a formidable animation production company; it is a creative, energetic "think tank" where original styles are designed to meet the goals of their client's vision.

About Bauhaus Software
Bauhaus Software was founded to become a leading provider of products and technologies to the 2D animation and digital visual effects markets. Bauhaus is focused on providing professional digital artists with the ultimate tools for producing next-generation animation and visual effects. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Bauhaus employs a team of business executives and engineers gathered from across the United States, Canada and Europe.

For more information on Bauhaus Software, visit its Web site at


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