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Big Studios Takes On HBOs ?Boxing After Dark

Package produced in 1080i HD (July 20, 2005)

Big Studios produces new graphics and animation package for HBO's "Boxing After Dark."

Big Studios produces new graphics and animation package for HBO's "Boxing After Dark."

Big Studios, an Emmy award-winning design and animation house, is producing the new graphics and animation package for HBOs ?Boxing After Dark. Big Studios is designing and producing 20 separate elements including stylized graphics for a new show opening, round and knockout animations, judges scorecards, fighters histories, a ?tease toolkit and promos for upcoming bouts.

?Generally speaking, we let the opening drive the look of the rest of the package, said Joss Meinert, founder of Big Studios. ?In this case, the opening is 90 percent live-action, following multiple boxers along intersecting training circuits through an urban setting, culminating with the arrival at the B.A.D. ?fight club; so we started by creating graphic style frames to get the signature look nailed just right. ?Boxing After Dark has a unique attitude that is urban and all about grit, sweat and hard work, not ?big show glamour. Introducing the show title with the right look and feel was critical in establishing the overall graphic look of ?Boxing After Dark. From there we forged ahead with the packaging aesthetic in parallel with the live action.

?The opening animation also has to provide the opportunity for customizing each particular show and lend itself to the creation of packaging material for the introductory ?tease: section of each show, said Colin Gilles, partner in the studio.

Animation is being created using Houdini, 3D Studio Max and After. A fully articulated, photo-real 3D boxer was also built for shots that were too difficult to produce with live-action and then composited into the live-action plates. The design and animation package is being produced in 1080i HD. Big Studios produced HBOs World Championship Boxing package in 2004, also in 1080i HD.

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