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  • Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

    Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio
    Bizjournals 2/5/07

    Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio

    Walt Disney Studios is joining forces with Robert Zemeckis and two of his longtime partners to create a studio that will produce three-dimensional, motion-captured animated films.

    Capture technology records actors' movements and feeds them into a computer to create the 3D animation. Zemeckis used the technology in his recent films "The Polar Express" and "Monster House." Joining Zemeckis in the venture will be producing partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. The trio are currently working on an animated version of "Beowulf," set to be released by Columbia Pictures in the fall.

    Under the deal with the Walt Disney Co., terms of which were not disclosed, the trio will produce all of the films, with Walt Disney Studios handling the worldwide marketing and distribution of the films.

    "The creation of this new company is yet another step in our leadership role in cutting edge technology as it relates to the movie industry." Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said in a statement.

    Zemeckis and Starkey were awarded Academy Awards for their roles in "Forrest Gump" -- Zemeckis as Best Director and Starkey receiving the Best Picture Oscar for his role as producer.
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    Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

    Good news for a possible Roger Rabbit shorts or movie. Zemeckis was a prouder on the oringal and the director. Know we just need Speilberg's help.
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      Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

      Dis captures Zemeckis for 3-D company

      By Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit
      The Hollywood Reporter
      Feb 6, 2007

      Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, the creative team behind "The Polar Express," are forming a new performance-capture film company based at Walt Disney Studios.

      The announcement had been expected since the trio moved to Disney's Burbank lot in the fall.

      The as-yet-unnamed company will create films using performance-capture technology, a technique of digitally recording actors' movements that are fed into a computer allowing for the development of 3-D motion pictures. Sources said the company will perform all of the technique's labor-intensive functions in-house with a staff whose size has yet to be determined.

      The trio, whose previous company Imagemovers had a deal at DreamWorks before becoming a free agent, will produce all the films, and Zemeckis is expected to direct many of the projects.

      As part of the deal, all of Zemeckis' future performance-capture movies will be made exclusively for the new company. Disney will distribute and market its films worldwide. While the pact doesn't cover live-action movies, Zemeckis is expected to focus his energy on performance capture in the near future.

      Disney chairman Dick Cook lauded Zemeckis, Rapke and Starkey for having "a real pulse on the future of motion pictures especially as it pertains to the creativity and technology of motion capture and 3-D film experiences."

      Zemeckis, who dubbed Disney an enthusiastic champion of 3-D movies, said Disney "is committed to the advancement of digital cinema in all areas including performance capture."

      Zemeckis pioneered the technique with his animated feature hit "Polar Express," which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. He then executive produced the Academy Award-nominated animated film "Monster House," which also employed performance capture at Sony Imageworks. Additionally, Zemeckis is directing and producing the performance-capture film "Beowulf," with Rapke and Starkey producing. Paramount will unspool the picture Nov. 16.

      The move is a boon for Disney, which along with Pixar now boasts two powerhouses on the cutting edge of technology and has another supplier of movies to its slate.
      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...826aafd2b9aafd
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        Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

        According to Mr. James SmallMountain this morning, Zemeckis and Lasseter will work together to produce "John Carter of Mars" films, with Andrew Stanton directing the first one. That is big news regarding the use of MoCap for Disney, pairing Zemeckis' production team with Pixar.
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          Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

          Is that the technology that made that creepy Polar Express movie?

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            Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

            Originally posted by sediment View Post
            Is that the technology that made that creepy Polar Express movie?
            Yes, and it is also the technology that developed Davey Jones and his crew in POTC: DMC.

            The idea Disney has is to use it to shorten the time it take to develope animated features, thus cutting costs in the long run...
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              Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

              Originally posted by cellarhound View Post
              Yes, and it is also the technology that developed Davey Jones and his crew in POTC: DMC.

              The idea Disney has is to use it to shorten the time it take to develope animated features, thus cutting costs in the long run...
              POTC is supposed to be creepy. Was Polar Express supposed to be creepy?

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                Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

                I wouldn't characterise Polar Express as creepy...

                Just a little bit "cold" because of it uses grand scale that the book inspires... I think it is why the film plays better on Imax than on your TV set... (Of course it reminds me a lot of the city scape art in LucasArt's Grim Fandago...)
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                • #9
                  Re: Disney, Zemeckis to develop motion-capture studio - Bizjournals 2/5/07

                  Yeah, it was creepy. Probably played better in the book.

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