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R!OT Produces Trailer for Dreamworks' Time Machine

Film scheduled for December release By DMN Staff Writer
R!OT recently collaborated with Kaleidoscope Film Group in producing a theatrical teaser trailer promoting the upcoming Dreamworks SKG feature film The Time Machine. The studio provided 3D animation, visual effects and compositing services for the trailer, conceived and directed by Kaleidoscope creative director Bruce Schluter. The Time Machine, based on the H.G. Wells classic, is scheduled for December release.

The trailer opens as if it were a commercial for a new sports car. The words ?sleek, ?fast and ?handles like a dream animate onto the screen as a series of translucent bars cross the frame from right to left. But it soon becomes clear that it is no ordinary vehicle that is being described as a new phrase appears reading, ?From 0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds. A pullback reveals that the glass bars form the exterior of a spinning globe surrounding a man at the controls of a mysterious machine. This leads into a reveal of the movies title.

?Dreamworks liked the car ad concept, explained Schluter. ?So, we produced an animatic in After Effects and brought that to R!OT to produce the final in for output to film.

R!OT recreated the animatic in 2K and produced the 3D elements it required. The latter included the glass bars and a model of the time machine. The image of the actor was a 2D element that R!OT artists integrated with the animation. R!OT animators also produced the warped clock that appears below the film title at the end of the trailer.

?R!OT did a great job in not only following our blueprint but also in enhancing it, said Schluter.

The trailer began screening in theaters nationwide this week. It can also be viewed at the films official website at

Credits for R!OT go to Inferno artists Stefano Trivelli and Claus Hansen, 3D animators; Martin Lauzon and Dominic Daigle; and producer Todd Davidovich.

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