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KromA Crafts EFX for Spider-Man 2

Video Studio Helps Ana Johnsson Rock and Train Roll

KromA recently provided CG, visual effects and compositing services for the first two video releases from the soundtrack to Spider-Man 2. The studio collaborated with FM Rocks director Antti J for both Ordinary from Grammy winner Train and We Are from newcomer Swedish rocker Ana Johnsson. Both artists record for Sony Music.

For the Train video, KromA created a computer-animated commuter train modeled after a train that appears in the climactic scene from Spider-Man 2. The full video intercuts scenes of the band performing in a subterranean train station with clips from the film. The CG train appears near the end of the video, rocketing through the station behind the band. The sequence with the band was designed to blend seamlessly with the film scene that precedes it. To make it work, KromA animators had to create a replica of the train from the film, which was also produced via CG. ?Our animators only had a short clip from the film to work from in modeling the train, but they did a great job in recreating it down to the smallest detail, explained KromA compositor Adam Fisher. ?They also spent time studying the motion of real trains in order to give the animation all the little nuances typical of a moving train.


Integrating the train with the live action footage was aided by subtleties added both by the production crew and KromA compositors. ?The director employed fans on the set to blow debris around so that it would look as if it were blown by the train, Fisher explained. ?He also used interactive lighting on the background that we then incorporated into the train element. Additionally, we added reflections to the floor, walls and support beams of the station to tie the elements together.

KromA also lent a hand to the scene that follows the train sequence, adding a ball of fire behind Train frontman Pat Monahan. ?The fire serves as a transition out of the train sequence, Fisher said. ?We added the fire element and color corrected the singers face so that he appears to be in the fires glow.

For We Are, Johnssons debut video, KromAs work primarily consisted of image enhancements. The video again mixes movie clips with a romantic scenario involving the feisty singer and a man from the apartment next door. In order to convey the intensity of the Johnssons performance, KromA helped to create an effect where the loudness of the music seams to cause the furnishings of the mans apartment to slide across the floor.

Amy Yukich was executive producer for KromA.

KromA is located at 9421 & 1/2 Pico Blvd.., Los Angeles, CA 90035. For more information, call (310) 282-0370 or visit www.kroma.biz.


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