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Watch: Studio AKA's ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Animated Garraka Sequence

The animation, created with innovative 2D and 3D techniques, portrays realistic textures mimicking rock surfaces and cracks as if carved from real stone while revealing the movie’s formidable antagonist’s origins.

Studio AKA crafted an animated sequence for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, led by studio director Marcus Armitage. In the movie, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an army of ghosts that cast a death chill upon the city, Ghostbusters, new and old, must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Armitage, who previously collaborated with the film’s director Gil Kenan in 2021, was tasked with crafting a sequence unveiling the origin story of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’s formidable antagonist, Garraka. To deliver the sequence, Armitage and his crew used a blend of 2D hieroglyphic-style imagery rendered in grayscale before transposing it into a three-dimensional realm, making it appear as if carved into stone—realistic textures mimicking rock surfaces and cracks alongside 3D camera movements helped guide the narrative. Armitage’s team tested iterations of this idea until they found an approach that struck a balance between impact and efficiency.

Watch the sequence:

The film stars Paul Rudd; Carrie Coon; Finn Wolfhard; Mckenna Grace; Kumail Nanjiani; Patton Oswalt; Celeste O’Connor; Logan Kim; Bill Murray; Aykroyd; Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is directed by Kenan, written by Kenan and Jason Reitman, and based on the 1984 film Ivan Reitman film Ghostbusters, written by Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, and Jason Blumenfeld are producers, and Aykroyd, Kenan, JoAnn Perritano, Amie Karp, Erica Mills, and Eric Reich are executive producers.

Source: Studio AKA

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.