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Eden FX Provides CG work for NASA's Deep Impact Project

Deep Impact to appear July 31 on the Discovery Channel (July 25, 2005)

Eden FX, which specializes in the design and production of visual effects work for all facets of the entertainment industry, provided original CG animation work on behalf of Nasas ?Deep Impact Project, via client New Pony Productions, for an upcoming TV special on The Discovery Channel. The announcement was made today by Eden FX co-presidents John Gross and Mark Miller.

On July 4, 2005, a NASA probe successfully smashed into comet Tempel 1, enabling NASA scientists to conduct tests about the nature and composition of comets. Eden FX was commissioned to design, create and produce original animation imagery to depict the probe and its encounter with the comet.
 On Sunday, July 31, (10 PM ET/PT,) The Discovery Channel will air a special TV program about this project, entitled ?Comet Collision! Eden FXs animation work will be featured prominently within this special, depicting the probes impact into the comet.  For more information about The Discovery Channels program, please visit:


For this project, Eden FX created 47 shots consisting of over 15 minutes of photo-realistic, high definition imagery depicting the creation, launch, and successful completion of the Deep Impact project. Lead Artist Christian Bloch, together with his team of artists (Casey Benn and Jamie Clark, with additional help from Jeffrey Sargent, Dave Morton, Chris Zapara, Sean Scott, Rob Bonchune and Fred Kuramura,) spent over six months creating the imagery. Bloch also created highly accurate, extremely detailed computer generated models of both the impactor and the fly-by mother ship based upon technical schematics provided by Ball Aerospace.

Said Mr. Gross, Edens Visual Effects Supervisor, ?This was a great project to work on. Both New Pony and the folks at Ball were great to work with and we also learned a lot about comets and the Deep Impact project.
He adds, ?We also broke a record on this project? The ?formation of the solar system sequence was very complex and contained a single frame that took 12 days to render! The entire sequence represents 5 billion years of formation squeezed into 75 seconds of animation.


NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 12, 2005, impacted comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005.The management of the Deep Impact launch was the responsibility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

The Deep Impact probe itself was comprised of two parts -- a "fly-by" spacecraft and a smaller "impactor." The impactor was released into the comet's path for the collision on July 4. The crater produced by the impactor was enormous. Ice and dust debris were ejected from the crater, revealing the material beneath. The fly-by spacecraft continues to observe the effects of the collision. NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes, and other telescopes on Earth, are still observing the collision.

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Comets are time capsules that hold clues about the formation and evolution of the Solar System. They are composed of ice, gas and dust, primitive debris from the Solar System's distant and coldest regions that formed 4.5 billion years ago.

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Eden FX provides CG visual effects to many of televisions most popular, hit series, including ?Alias, ?Lost, ?Medium, ?JAG, ?Navy NCIS, and ?Six Feet Under, and produced all of the visual effects during the entire run of UPNs recently concluded series ?Star Trek Enterprise.  The company also provides acclaimed visual effects to numerous hit motion pictures and other special projects.

Formed in 2000 by visual effects and post-production notables John Gross and Mark Miller, Eden FX offers its clients the creation and production of original imagery for television, feature films and commercials. The company specializes in visual effects work in the areas of 3D animation, 3D matte painting, character animation, compositing, on-set supervision, and conceptual design and consultation.

The company is located at 1438 N. Gower St., Building # 50, Hollywood, CA. 90028. The telephone is 323/993-7050. Please visit

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