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Computer Cafe Builds a 3D Organic Bomb for Impostor

FIlm based on Philip K. Dick story stars Gary Sinese (December 24, 2001)
Computer Cafe provided 3D animation services? including creating a 3D bomb that is extracted from a human body?for the Dimension Films release Impostor opening tomorrow. The film, directed by Gary Fleder and starring Gary Sinese and Madeleine Stowe, is based on the Philip K. Dick story about a scientist who suddenly finds himself public enemy number one and suspected of being an alien.

Computer Cafes principal contribution to the film was the creation of an organic bomb featured in three scenes. Art director Ron Honn, animation supervisor Taron and digital effects supervisor David Ebner designed the device to resemble an internal organ. ?The final design consists of an outer muscle much like a human heart, with an internal bony structure, Honn explained. ?The bones function like a rib cage but are also segmented like a spine. That allows the bomb to flex. The end bones are sharp and tipped.

In the film, this ?bomb is forcibly removed from a host humans chest cavity by means of a clamping drill. As the bomb is pulled free, the bones rip open the protective outer muscle, exposing its inner core. Without the host to give the bomb life, it fizzles, jerking and contorting until it ?dies.

?The modeling, texturing and animation work together perfectly, so that the bomb appears to be a living creature, rather than a CG creation, said Ebner. ?The textures have the qualities of real tissue; the blood pumping from the wound has a feeling of thick, wetness. Its definitely a horrid moment in the film.

Other credits for Computer Cafe go to 3D animators Akira Orikasa, Brandon Davis and Brett Paton. Philip Spoeth programmed proprietary tools used in compositing.

Computer Cafe is a creative digital studio with offices in Santa Maria and Santa Monica, California. The company provides 3D animation and visual effects services for feature films, broadcast television, commercials and music videos. Its clients include major motion picture studios, television networks and national advertising agencies, as well as local and regional companies for advertising and corporate communications projects.

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