HP Technology Helps DreamWorks Bring Shrek Forever After in 3-D to Life
— Rumpel wears four different wigs in the movie: business wig, speech wig, angry wig and victory wig.
— Rumpel’s feet are 6.25 inches long, about the size of an average two- or three-year-old child.
— Reference for the battle between ogres and witches was created using motion-capture technology. Three actors with more than 22 years of combined martial arts experience, including one Aikido instructor and one U.S. collegiate Wushu champion, marked the motion-capture sequence for the actors.
— There were 65 sequences written, recorded and storyboarded over the course of filmmaking. The final film had 32 sequences in picture.
— In the ogre camp, there are 35 torches in 59 shots. That’s 2,065 layers of torches, and 4,130 layers accounting for stereo.
— “The Shrek Forever After”/ /crew generated 74,016 different ogre variations, of which the same 51 were used throughout all the ogre shots.
— There are 430 witches on the dance floor and balconies when Shrek is brought in to meet Rumpel.
— Underwear had to be fashioned for the ogres whose kilts were a little too revealing as they danced to Piper’s song. Witches with similar problems simply had their cloth simulations revised.
— Reference for the dancing ogres with Pied Piper was a video of a professional dance troupe with about a dozen members. The choreographer was Michael Rooney, Mickey Rooney’s son.
— Fiona’s old castle room has 449,166 pieces of particles floating around in the air.
About “Shrek Forever After”
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for two consecutive years. In 2010, DreamWorks Animation ranks #6 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 19 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film releases for 2010 are Shrek Forever After and Megamind.
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