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Uli Meyer Animation Unites Europe in Animated Title Sequence

"Made In Europe" was created for German television station WDR By DMN Staff Writer
Uli Meyer Animation has just delivered a 30-second computer animated title sequence for German television station WDR entitled "Made In Europe."

" We had a completely open brief, based on a rough explanation of what the actual show is all about." says Uli Meyer. "The show, hosted by Desiree Nosbush, features guests from six European countries, who all in turn talk about and perform country-specific oddities and customs." he continues. "The title sequence had to reflect the wacky flavour of the concept, the words "Euro Trash kept cropping up."

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Producer Michael Bleichenbach and Head of Design Michael Freiwald at WDR are Delighted with the outcome of the title sequence.

"We started out by writing throwaway gags for each specific country and then produced a rough storyboard. The whole approach was pretty much all improvisation to begin with, and as we worked our way through the sequence, we tightened up all the ideas. There are no cuts in the entire piece and we had to add or change ideas as we went along to fit the 30 seconds."

A few of the elements stirred into the mix of computer animated mayhem include:

-- Dancing CanCan girls on top of a London bus driven by Picasso cross in front of an "excited" Eiffel tower while a Scotsman does a sword dance.

-- A Spanish Cognac bull emerges from underneath the Arc de Triumphe on top of an Underground train that spits out bumbling businessmen, while a couple of Vikings slap fish into each others face.

-- The Pope is seen chasing Nuns as a Laplander fishes the Copenhagen Mermaid while his Moose faints on a shell of ice.

-- Pavarotti emerges from a Venus shell, accompanied by bare breasted dancers. Zeus puts an end to it all by whacking his ancient TV set.

The title sequence took six weeks to complete and was produce and directed by Mat Jones and Uli Meyer. Designs were by Mat Jones. The elements were animated with Maya by Leonardo Sanchez, Xavier Roig and Mark Bailey. Ron McMinn and Simon Leech composited the animation with After Effects.

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