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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Another Opening of Another Show!

This morning, our latest film "The Olsen Gang Gets Polished" premiered in Imperial Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. This marks our tenth own animated feature (depending a little on how you count co-productions). It is a CG film based on a series of live-action movies from the late 60's-early 70's, and personally having put quite a lot of time in it lately, I am pretty darn proud of it, especially when I think of the fact that it cost something like two minutes of Toy Story 3.
It is also Denmark's first 3-D animated film, another first for us!
< The original Olsen Gang...
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We have tried to get as close to the original in feeling as we could, and I believe we managed quite well. The director, our Jørgen Lerdam has, of couse, been instrumental in this.

Audience response was nice, pretty much the same response as the original series drew, with laughs in all the right places. The official release is October 14th, so we are all looking forward to the reviews that will come the evening before.

For those interested in production detail, the characters (and blendshapes) were modelled in 3D Studio Max, then animated in Maya, rendered using MentalRay, and finally composited using eyeon Digital Fusion. The 3-D, having been an afterthought really, was basically made with a team of five people through some four months, where the setups at first were largely scripted to have two cameras, then re-output and composited. I prepared the final output (the frame stacks) and did a lot of what one could call quality control, finding render mistakes etc. and then we tried to fix as much as there was time and budget for.
As in all our productions, also the post-production was fully pro-fessionally done, in this case at Nordisk Film's facilities ShortCut (the image side: the DCP's) and Nordisk film Audio for the 5.1 tracks. We also produced a 3-D version of the Nordisk Film intro, the growling polar bear. It was exciting to see everything come together on the big screen, and Imperial Bio is the biggest screen in Scandinavia!

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Anonymous Steven Hartley says...

It looks pretty good to me - the animation is fine and you ought to feel proud because I can tell that all the staff from A Film must have worked around the clocks to finish it - and you people have done a great job! Well done.

Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3:29:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Kevin Kidney says...

Hans, this looks really good! The characters are appealing and it feels like a classic comedy. I hope to see the entire picture soon. Kudos to your whole team.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM PDT  

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