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MPC conjure up Harry Potter magic in Munich

TD Supervisor, Peter Muyzers, will be presenting The Moving Picture Company’s VFX work on Warner Bros. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, at the forthcoming Munich Film Festival, Wednesday July 2.
The presentation at this international event forms part of a special Animation Meeting, taking place at Black Box Gasteig, Munich.
MPC created 15 minutes of screen-time digital visual effects and character animation for the feature, (totaling more visual effects shots than any other facility). As well as stunning effects for the movie, which was directed by Chris Columbus, MPC also created the title sequence for the film.
A team of approximately 60 artists worked on the feature over 12 months. MPC’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Tom Wood and CG Supervisor, Chas Jarrett, worked on set with overall VFX Supervisors, Jimmy Mitchell and Nick Davies. An R & D period of several months was spent texturing and building computer models for the flying Ford Anglia and other characters.
Key visual effects sequences created in CG by MPC include the flying Ford Anglia, the Whomping Willow and a photo real CG snake for the dueling club sequence. CG environments were also created and matte paintings for the Burrows approach and for the opening shot in the film. The software utilised for these effects was Maya, Renderman and Shake, as well as proprietary software developed by MPC’s own R & D team.
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