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Blur Studio to Kick Off SIGGRAPH's Electronic Theater

Having fun with 2001: A Space Odyssey (August 01, 2001)
Blur Studio has produced a two-minute computer-animated short titled "A Digital Odyssey" that will kick off the annual Electronic Theater at SIGGRAPH 2001 in Los Angeles.

Conceived by Jerome Chen of Sony Pictures Imageworks and directed by Chen and Blur Studio's David Stinnett, the open pokes fun at "2001: A Space Odyssey" with a tale of the ascent of man and the rise of computer animation.

The Electronic Theater is an integral part of Siggraph's Computer Animation Festival and a longtime favorite of the show's attendees. The theater is a showcase for a broad, international selection of outstanding computer graphics from the world's most creative and innovative animators.

"Siggraph is where the people in our industry go to see the best new work and the best new tools," said Blur Studio creative director Tim Miller. "It is an honor for us to create a piece that will be seen by all of our peers. It was an extraordinary opportunity to show the animation community what we can do."

The piece opens on a group of apes gathered in a barren landscape where they discover a curious object that sets them on a course toward...well, you'll just have to see the piece. Blur Studio produced the piece in-house with artists creating realistic 3D models of apes and using motion capture technology to generate their life-like and often comedic movement.

"We realized that this was a great creative opportunity with a lot of exposure. Despite the fact that we were doing the piece as a volunteer effort, we went the extra mile, putting extra time into the hair R&D and the filmic look," said Stinnett. "The animators truly went above and beyond the call, having to do most of the work in their free time because Blur is so busy."

Credits for Blur Studio

Lead animator: Richard Bluff
Animators: Brandon Davis, Tom Dillion, Juan Granja, Jon Jordan, Noel McGinn, Kirby Miller, Marlon Nowe, Derron Ross, Jeff Weisend and Bill Zahn
Producer: Al Shier
Motion capture: John Bunt
Systems administrator: Duane Powell
Systems support: Daemeon Nicolaou
Music: David Norland
Sound design: Gary Zacuto and Jay Redd

Credits for Sony Pictures Imageworks

Executive producer: Jacquie Barnbrook
Coordinator: Eric Withee
Logo design and supervision: Sheena Duggal
Logo design: Michael Scheffe
Particle design and animation: Theo Vandermoot and Stirling Duguid
Matte paintings: David R. Bleich and Apryl D. Knobbe
Logo typographic layout: Rachel T. Nicoll
Logo concept art: Marzette Bonar

Slitscan images were provided by Siggraph Video Review. HD mastering courtesy of Sony Pictures HD Center. Logo invented on HP LINUX Workstations provided by Hewlett Packard Corporation. Buzz Lightyear courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios/Disney.

About Blur Studio
Blur Studio provides 3D animation, visual effects and motion graphics design services for feature films, entertainment television, television advertising, interactive games, large format films and location-based entertainment. Principles Tim Miller and David Stinnett have assembled a talented crew and superior technology, creating an environment in which artists thrive.

With a relentless dedication to creating quality imagery and superior 3D animation, the focus at Blur is on creativity. Recent credits include the ride films "Stan Lee's 7th Portal 3D Simulation Experience" and "Star Trek: World Tour," television promos for NBCi, Kids! WB and the SCI FI Channel; commercials for Hasbro,, Mattel Hot Wheels, Anderson Consulting and America Online; and the main title for the television series "Robotica." The company's broadcast design division has created motion graphics for such clients as the U.S. Army Reserve, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards and Universal Citywalk.

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