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Icecandy Taps Useful Things For Feature Title

More than 20 shots created for SCI FI Channel?s "Slipstream" (July 15, 2004)

Profound Effects, Inc., a leading innovator in special effects technology, is proud to call attention to the efforts of Icecandy Entertainment on the SCI FI Channel's upcoming "Slipstream" from Promark Entertainment. Working with director David van Eyssen, Icecandy developed on-screen graphics, composited effects, and the main title sequence for the time-travel based action drama.

Star Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) steals a secret government PDA-sized time travel device that links to a mother computer. The signature effect of the time travel process is a SPIROGRAPH-like flowing geometric pattern which Icecandy reports was inspired by their research into string theory, black holes, and relativity.

The patterns, rendered in Adobe After Effects at HD resolution, were created by Icecandy leveraging Useful Things' unique extensibility. Icecandy originally attempted to code an After Effects plug-in themselves but found that looming deadlines made creating a custom effect in Useful Things to be far more expedient. Simon Buckingham, Icecandy's VFX supervisor, said "Useful Things provided an incredibly quick and easy way to create custom effects within After Effects. Within a few days our programmer Ivan Snow had something up and running. Profound Effects then provided exemplary support which was an invaluable aid, especially when delivering animated graphics to the live-shoot of a feature film."

A complete user story including a viewable movie of the title sequence is located on the web at

Useful Things 1.6 has a suggested retail price of $395 (USD) and is available from the Profound Effects store, located on the web at

About Profound Effects
Profound Effects, Inc. was founded in April 2001 by Perry Kivolowitz, Paul Miller, and Dan Sterling.

Perry was the founder of Elastic Reality, Inc. and inventor of the technology with the same name. He received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement in 1996. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin and taught courses in computer graphics.

Paul is the author of the IRIX version of Elastic Reality. While with Avid Technology, Inc., Paul designed the AVX plug-in architecture and was the principal author and designer of Avid Marquee.

Dan is a Harvard MBA and has started a number of successful businesses, including the Breadsmith, a national chain of gourmet bread bakeries.

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For enquiries about Icecandy, or to be sent a show reel, please contact Simon Buckingham on +44 (20) 7431-2810. Icecandys web site is located at


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