MGFX Studio Maps Giuliani’s 9/11
Press Release from MGFX Studio
Rushes’ MGFX Studio were tasked with creating animated map graphics for Dangerous Films latest take on the events of September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks at New York City as seen from Mayor Giuliani’s perspective.
“Giuliani’s 9/11” takes us behind the headlines and into the former mayor's world on that fateful day. In a series of candid and often moving interviews, Mr. Giuliani gives a personal account of the events of 9/11—from the moment he was informed that a "twin-engine plane" had crashed into the World Trade Center, to his decision to go directly to Lower Manhattan to assess the situation, to the inconceivable collapse of the South Tower (9:59 a.m.) and then the North Tower (10:28 a.m.), and finally to his news conference that afternoon that helped steel a shaken city and nation.
Matt Lawrence explains ‘We needed to illustrate Giuliani’s position when the first plane hit the north tower, which was all the more challenging given the distance he was from the WTC complex at that time. The Peninsula Hotel where he was having breakfast is further away than the Empire State Building which required the modelling and texturing of almost the entire city.
This in itself was very challenging not only due to the size of the 3D build but also due to the limited time we had to get the job rendered for delivery. Because of these constraints we needed to be creative with the look and thus chose to render the city in a graphical manner. Director Richard Dale, wanted to move away from the more traditional looking map so we designed off white reflective surfaces enhanced with atmosphere and a strong light source to complete the stylised look.
Further elements were added as highlights to key locations such as bridges, outposts and the subway system, all of which were affected by the atrocities carried out on that day.
The National Geographic Channel presented "Giuliani's 9/11" in US on Monday, Sept. 6, 9-10 p.m. EDT.
The UK TX is still to be confirmed.
Product: Television Show
Production Title: Giuliani's 9/11
Production Company: Dangerous Films
Director: Richard Dale
Producer: Grace Chapman
Film Editor: Guy Tetzner
Post Production: Rushes
Producer: Louise Hussey/Warwick Hewett
VFX: Jonathan Privett
3D Graphics: Matt Lawrence