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21/11/2005

Rushes complete the special effects on a new video for Enya

Digital matte painter Charles Darby worked alongside both 2D and 3D artists to create an enchanting and surreal forest through which Enya glides wearing a long, flowing crimson dress.
Sparkling dust particles float through the air whilst fireflies interact with Enya, lending a fairytale feel to the environment. Enya reaches a precipice at the edge of the wood, with far-reaching and breathtaking views across a lush valley at sunset, where she releases the firefly she has caught and watches as it takes its place amongst the emerging stars.
Darby said: "I am used to working primarily on feature films with the advantage of so much time but with this project I found it quite liberating to work as fast as I had to. After seeing a cut of the video I made a list of questions for Tim (the director) and we went through each one so I had a solid feel for what he was after visually. I then prepared a concept which I believed would work best and after some initial comments I created an oversized matte painting that was large enough to serve all the shots it featured in without appearing repetitive. Within 48 hours we had a finished, multilayered painting that really helps extend the scale of the video."
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