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Oscar® Premiere for Special Effects with Konica Minolta’s 3D Laser Scanner

VI-910 3D digitiser used in the making of 'The Golden Compass’ (DVD release in UK on 28 April 2008)

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) Detailed, true-to-life models and a lot of hard work: 'The Golden Compass won an Oscar® in the category of 'Best Visual Effects' at the 2008 Academy Awards. The Konica Minolta VI-910 laser scanner was used as a key aliment in generating the superbly realistic computer graphics of the hero armoured polar bears their award winning dynamic look. Art Department sculptures and real skeletons were scanned to capture crystal-clear 3D high-resolution model with colour textures. The result enabled the incredibly realistic blend of 3D animation and real film footage that can be seen in the film.

A 200-strong team at Framestore-CFC, the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe, spent 15 months creating the animation for 'The Golden Compass . On 24 February 2008, the film from New Line Cinema won the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects. "The task of creating such highly realistic, computer-generated Bears does not start on the computer," states Sean Varney, who heads Film Set Metrology at Framestore-CFC and is responsible for digitising film sets, actors and props. "The entire movement of the virtual figure has to be recreated based on the real anatomy of a polar bear to ensure each expression of an armoured bear looks realistic, from running to the different reflecting metal plates of armour which move and shift over its fur. Our work starts not with the PC but with creating real models and the lifting of their 3D form into Computer Space for which we needed a good 3D scanning system" .

Hand work: Using real-life models to create virtual characters Three-dimensional fibreglass models of the individual figures had to be created in many different poses based on real photos and videos and then digitised. Sean Varney goes on to say, "We use the VI-910 digitiser from Konica Minolta to capture 3D data sets of each of the models, something we have already used to create special effects for films such as 'Harry Potter and TV shows like 'Primeval . The portable VI-910, with its telescopic, middle and wide-angle lenses, lets us produce high-resolution 3D scans of all models from miniature to life-sized, to us this is a grate plus with the system. Also its a non-contact surface structure, colour scanner, each scan takes just a matter of seconds. When your on a live film set that's a life saver. For post-processing we used the Easy Align software with the system, it merges the individual perspectives to create the 3D model."

'The Golden Compass , starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, goes on sale on 28 April 2008 as a single DVD or as a special edition set that includes a bonus DVD. And Framestore-CFC will continue to use the successful technology in its current and future film projects such as the 'The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian and 'James Bond 007 - Quantum of Solace .

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Framestore-CFC has been working in digital film and video for over 20 years now, creating original and astonishing work that has helped make it the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe.

Among Framestore-CFC's notable commercial credits are Smirnoff Sea (winner, 2007 VES 'Visual Effects in a Commercial'), The Chemical Brothers The Salmon Dance, Casino Royale - Title Sequence, Vauxhall C'mon campaign, Sure Go Wild, Guinness noitulovE, Johnnie Walker Fish, Levi's Odyssey and Guinness Surfer.

Since 2004, Framestore NY has been flying the flag in the world of US commercials, landing work for clients such as GE, FedEx, Hoover, Pepsi, Nike, Smirnoff, and Coca-Cola, and winning top awards including both an Emmy and a VES in 2006.

Framestore CFC's movie portfolio includes work on such films as The Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Children of Men, Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand. Recent Digital Intermediate projects include: Mr. Bean's Holiday, Hot Fuzz, Hannibal Rising, Last King of Scotland, Casino Royale, The Queen and United 93.

Recent television work includes Primeval 2, Primeval, Prehistoric Park, Ocean Odyssey, Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets, and all of the Walking with... series.

Framestore Design is our bespoke design department, responsible for a huge body of work across a range of media that includes commercials (Playstation 3), television (Comic Relief 2007), film (1408 - titles), DVD menu design and authoring (Green Wing), and much more.

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Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V.

Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V. is one the leading companies in providing high-precision measuring instruments for colour, light and 3D form.
Konica Minolta s instruments and software help improve products and profitability by reducing production costs in a wide variety of industries due to exact measuring of colour, light, display and 3D forms.
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