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B1 Media Brings "Egyptian Book of the Dead" to Life

Completes 69 visual effects shots for The History Channel (September 28, 2005)

B1 Media has completed 69 visual effects shots, including 3D and live-action, for the History Channels ?Egyptian Book of the Dead. Morningstar Entertainment produced. ?Book of the Dead focuses on a young mans quest to find the true meaning behind the ancient text and happiness in the afterlife.

B1 took original HD footage shot on greenscreen and keyed out the backgrounds. Concept art created by B1 was then used to create digital matte paintings for backgrounds (many of which without reference). Using camera projection, the matte paintings were mapped out with 3D geometry and the live action footage was composited into the backgrounds. For one sequence, B1 hand illustrated wall drawings, rescanned, did paint up and animated them.

?The creative challenge, said VFX Supervisor and Producer Brian Metcalf, ?was to realistically recreate the ancient environments while imagining what the afterlife would have looked like in the minds of the Egyptians.
?B1 has done an amazing job of realizing our original vision for ancient Egypt and the ?Book of the Dead, said Morningstar Executive Producer Gary Tarpinian. ?Brian Johnson and his VFX team took our original ideas and brought them to a whole new level thanks to their great ideas and outstanding CGI craftsmanship.

B1 Media
VFX Producer: Brian Johnson
VFX Supervisor and Producer: Brian Metcalf
VFX Producer: John C. Pohl

Morningstar Entertainment
Exec Prod: Gary Tarpinian
Dir: Petra Haffter
Supervising Prod: Craig Santy
Post Producer: Jennifer Burd

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