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alienbrain Used for Chaman's Simultaneous Game/Film Production

Production Teams in France, Canada and Japan (October 09, 2001)
Chaman Productions and game publisher Namco Japan are using NxN Software's alienbrain with its new Remote Access Server to coordinate both the production of the animated film Axis and the related computer game in France, Canada and Japan.

Chaman is producing the feature-length fantasy film in Paris and Montreal, while the computer game is being developed in Biarritz, France and overseen by the Tokyo-based publisher Namco. The film and the game are scheduled for release in the summer of 2002 in the United States, Japan and Europe.

With the huge amount of data needed for the fantasy film -- more than 120,000 images at 5MB each -- the film's technical director Franck Mamlin realized they needed a scalable DPM solution to complete the ambitious project. All data was transferred to the alienbrain server. alienbrain's open architecture means it can be quickly customized to meet the studio's specific requirements, he said.

Working with with NxN's Paris-based engineers, Chaman developed customizations for alienbrain. For example, their seven departments share information on each file, but not all need to view each model at the same resolution. alienbrain enabled Chaman to define custom access and resolution for each shot of the film.

Chaman has been able to significantly shorten production processes with alienbrain. Prior to introducing the software, five shots of the film were validated in a typical session of approximately five hours. With the alienbrain DPM solution, Chaman is now able to approve 60 files in one session (i.e., the approval process is now 10 times faster than it was without alienbrain). This includes finding the right shot and its final version, previewing the shot, adding comments for each department and approving the file.

Chaman employs NxN's Remote Access Server to transfer data between their studios in Paris; Biarritz, France; and Montreal. In order to keep their publisher, Namco, in Japan informed, Chaman installed the Remote Access Server at Namco's Tokyo office, allowing the project manager to connect to development projects across the globe via the Internet. Thirty-five Chaman employees currently use alienbrain in their daily production work.

"Now with alienbrain, we can collaborate between Paris and Tokyo in real-time. I can see exactly what is going on in Paris at anytime, and I can contribute from my office in Tokyo to support the developers of `Axis,'" stated Yuzo Morita, development coordinator at Namco Japan.

alienbrain provides a secure production framework for all members of the team and integrates comprehensive tool sets for media asset management, project tracking, user management, workflow and version control, source code control and cross-site collaboration.

Initially created by French authors Chris Delaporte and Patrick Daher, Axis (working title) is a fantastic, primordial and futuristic world of wild, intertwined roots and trees. Four distinct extraterrestrial communities, made up of completely original characters, inhabit the world. Voiced by Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris, Anjelica Huston, Keith David, Greg Proops and Michael McShane, "Axis" is a co-production of Chaman Productions, Vivendi Universal's StudioCanal and TVA International IV Inc.

Chaman is a production company specializingin the creation of virtual worlds and a player in two fast growing markets: the video game and the animated film markets. Founded in 1997 by Denis Friedman and based in Paris, Chaman Productions has welcomed investments from Wanadoo Audiovisuel (France Telecom Multimedia).

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