Pinnacle Systems' Commotion Used on All Films Nominated for Best Visual Effects at 2001 Academy Awards

Gladiator and Hollow Man Benefit from Pinnacle Systems' Award-Winning Visual

Effects Software



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 04 /PRNewswire/ --
 Pinnacle Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: PCLE), today announced that Gladiator, winner
 of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects award
 benefited from Commotion, Pinnacle Systems' award-winning visual effects
 software.  In addition, all nominees on the ballot for the Best Visual Effects
 Academy Award used Commotion during the post-production process. Mill Film, a
 premier post-production house based in London, selected Commotion to
 accomplish numerous 3D-pan shots of Gladiator's battle scenes in the arena.
 In Hollow Man the lead actor was made invisible with Commotion's paint
 capabilities.
     /Photo:  Newscom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO
     "Our tireless efforts to push the envelope for visual effects now has
 Hollywood's seal of approval," said Laurin Herr, Pinnacle Systems' vice
 president of product management and business development, professional media
 division.  "It is exciting for us to see the film industry use our technology
 in these cutting-edge productions."
 
     Gladiator's Battle Scenes and Sword Movements Mesh with Computer-Generated
 Background
     During the production of Gladiator, Mill Film was faced with the challenge
 of rotoscoping Maximus and his band of fifteen gladiators from previously shot
 footage of the battle scenes in order to composite them into a
 computer-generated background.
     "The Gladiator actors were shot on a set that was only partially built.
 The background was inconsistent and sometimes parts of the actor's bodies
 would be over a blue sky or rigging, rather than a constructed set.  We used
 Commotion to lock the rotosplines to each moving object.  Commotion was also
 responsible for preserving the motion blur of each dramatic sword swing in
 order to convey the realism of the battle," said David Early, digital effects
 artist at Mill Film.
 
     Kevin Bacon Made Invisible in Hollow Man
     Tippett Studios, an effects house based in Berkeley, California, was
 responsible for numerous visual effects shots on the film Hollow Man, which
 used Commotion to help complete complex paint work that made the film's
 leading actor invisible.
     "The shots in which Kevin Bacon was supposed to be invisible were actually
 filmed with him in the plate, allowing the director to capture realistic
 interactions between Bacon, the other actors, and the environment around him,"
 said John Dunlap, Compositing, lighting and rotoscope manager at Tippett
 Studios.  "Our job was to remove Bacon from each scene.  We used Commotion to
 restore everything that his body had blocked during each shot.  Entire
 sections of actors and major sections of the background needed to be added or
 replaced."
 
     About Commotion
     Commotion Pro 3.1 is available for $995.00 MSRP. Commotion DV is available
 for $495.00 MSRP. Commotion is available worldwide through select resellers.
 For more information call 800-401-0009 or go to http://www.commotionpro.com.
 
     About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or on the World
 Wide Web at www.pinnaclesys.com.
     NOTE:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 owners and are used for identification or reference purposes only, with no
 intent to infringe on copyrights.
 
 

SOURCE Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 04 /PRNewswire/ --
 Pinnacle Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: PCLE), today announced that Gladiator, winner
 of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects award
 benefited from Commotion, Pinnacle Systems' award-winning visual effects
 software.  In addition, all nominees on the ballot for the Best Visual Effects
 Academy Award used Commotion during the post-production process. Mill Film, a
 premier post-production house based in London, selected Commotion to
 accomplish numerous 3D-pan shots of Gladiator's battle scenes in the arena.
 In Hollow Man the lead actor was made invisible with Commotion's paint
 capabilities.
     /Photo:  Newscom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001027/PCLELOGO
     "Our tireless efforts to push the envelope for visual effects now has
 Hollywood's seal of approval," said Laurin Herr, Pinnacle Systems' vice
 president of product management and business development, professional media
 division.  "It is exciting for us to see the film industry use our technology
 in these cutting-edge productions."
 
     Gladiator's Battle Scenes and Sword Movements Mesh with Computer-Generated
 Background
     During the production of Gladiator, Mill Film was faced with the challenge
 of rotoscoping Maximus and his band of fifteen gladiators from previously shot
 footage of the battle scenes in order to composite them into a
 computer-generated background.
     "The Gladiator actors were shot on a set that was only partially built.
 The background was inconsistent and sometimes parts of the actor's bodies
 would be over a blue sky or rigging, rather than a constructed set.  We used
 Commotion to lock the rotosplines to each moving object.  Commotion was also
 responsible for preserving the motion blur of each dramatic sword swing in
 order to convey the realism of the battle," said David Early, digital effects
 artist at Mill Film.
 
     Kevin Bacon Made Invisible in Hollow Man
     Tippett Studios, an effects house based in Berkeley, California, was
 responsible for numerous visual effects shots on the film Hollow Man, which
 used Commotion to help complete complex paint work that made the film's
 leading actor invisible.
     "The shots in which Kevin Bacon was supposed to be invisible were actually
 filmed with him in the plate, allowing the director to capture realistic
 interactions between Bacon, the other actors, and the environment around him,"
 said John Dunlap, Compositing, lighting and rotoscope manager at Tippett
 Studios.  "Our job was to remove Bacon from each scene.  We used Commotion to
 restore everything that his body had blocked during each shot.  Entire
 sections of actors and major sections of the background needed to be added or
 replaced."
 
     About Commotion
     Commotion Pro 3.1 is available for $995.00 MSRP. Commotion DV is available
 for $495.00 MSRP. Commotion is available worldwide through select resellers.
 For more information call 800-401-0009 or go to http://www.commotionpro.com.
 
     About Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
     Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video
 professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store,
 distribute and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than
 ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at 650-526-1600 or on the World
 Wide Web at www.pinnaclesys.com.
     NOTE:  All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their
 owners and are used for identification or reference purposes only, with no
 intent to infringe on copyrights.
 
 SOURCE  Pinnacle Systems, Inc.

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