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Lipsync Posts 34 Versions of New Stuart Little 2 Trailer

New facilities and expertise enable Lipsync to complete major project in-house By DMN Staff Writer
Stuart Little 2 Russian language titles (click image for larger view).
The theatrical trailer for Stuart Little 2, due for release in the summer of 2002, was posted in no less than 34 separate versions by Soho's Lipsync Post who created the titles and graphics, provided the sound dubbing for seven versions, and completed the final transfer to film, all in-house at its Wardour Street facility. The project was completed to tight deadlines in order to trail on the front of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The trailer contains a sequence where Stuart -- the adopted mouse with the 'can-do' attitude -- flies a plane in a skywriting sequence. Based on style guides and materials supplied from the film's graphic animators, Sony Imageworks, Lipsync Post then recreated the sequence in its many versions. Complex cloud particle animation was achieved through the craft skills in LipSync's Graphics Department, armed with an arsenal of effects software on Mac and NT platforms.

Utilising its two Dolby dubbing theatres, both with DFC digital film consoles, Lipsync was able to complete the project in-house, even to the extent of the final digital output to film -- which was done using the recently acquired Arri Film Recorder.

According to Peter Hampden, Director at Lipsync Post, "A key consideration for our client, Columbia Pictures, was the maintenance of consistently high quality throughout the process, working with a first generation negative. The fact that we were able to fulfill these requirements -- to a stringent deadline -- says as much about the ability of our team as it does about the investment we've made in technology."

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