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Canada-based Helix Studio Expands With Animo

(August 22, 2001)
Canadian animation studio Helix Digital Inc. has purchased two Animo InkPaint and Color modules, and Director and SFX modules from Cambridge Animation Systems for use in upcoming animated television projects. Helix already has three seats of Animo 4.0 and an Animo workstation with camera and composite extensions.

?The compositors enjoy working with Animo because it is such a flexible and intuitive tool, says Richard Lorway, Helix Digital general manager. ?The scene graphs interface really helps them visualize the flow of all elements in the scene. They also use the matte tool extensively to create overlays to fix matchline imperfections. And above all, they are able to create scene previews very quickly with Animo.

Helix recently used Animo to complete the first season of Eckhart, a new animated childrens series from Crumbfest Productions that airs in Europe and on Teletoon in Canada. The show follows the adventures of Eckhart, a young mouse full of bravery and wonderment, who faces the joys and challenges of growing up on Prince Edward Island.

?We decided to purchase the additional modules from Cambridge because we have had wonderful experiences using Animo on previous projects, including Eckhart, says Lorway. ?Cambridge has been very helpful and supportive, which is critical in a production environment.

Helix Digital Inc. provides digital production services to producers of classical animation worldwide. The studios mission is to deliver premium-quality solutions at competitive prices. Helix Digital services include ink & paint, compositing, digital backgrounds, special F/X, Flash production, web development, and much more using the power of the latest technology and broadband Internet access to ensure effective coordination and delivery of product.

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