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Giant Studios Captures Lord Of The Rings

Giant Studios' Motion Reality system has been selected as the technology of choice for motion-capture services on the highly anticipated New Line Cinema feature film trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. New Line Cinema has signed Wellington, New Zealand-based Weta, Ltd. to handle the visual effects, and Weta has named Giant Studios as the exclusive motion-capture resource for all three films. "The films are demanding in that we are faced with the task of creating tens of thousands of digital extras and creatures which have to share the frame believably with live actors," says Charlie McCellan, Weta's Visual Effects Producer. "Giant's state-of-the-art capture system and software allows us to apply performance capture with an ease and lifelike nuance that's never been seen before. Our goal from the outset has been to create a new style of animationa more heroic and natural style of motion that combines the best of what motion-capture and keyframing have to offer. Giant's collaboration with us in this effort has made it all possible." The films are based off of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novels and is directed by Peter Jackson (HEAVENLY CREATURES). Along with Jackson, the producers on the films are Barrie Osborne (THE MATRIX) and Tim Sanders (THE FRIGHTENERS). The epic adventure will star Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean.

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