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19/01/2007

Blackmagic Design DeckLink Pro Card Used to Finish 'We Are The Strange'

Blackmagic Design has announced that 'We Are the Strange', a 94 minute animation produced in the United States and whose workflow utilizes Blackmagic's DeckLink Pro capture card, will be screened at Sundance Film Festival beginning January 19, 2007.
In addition to being the only full length feature animation at Sundance, We Are the Strange is also unique in that it is composed of mixed media consisting of 3-D, stop motion, and 2-D, taking almost three years to complete. The film was produced, written and directed by M Dot Strange. Chaylon Blancett was brought aboard for post-production.
"We are thrilled to be part of such an innovative animation as We Are the Strange," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "Filmmakers like M Dot and Chay are doing things that have never been done before, moving into uncharted territory with their full length film, exclusively utilizing three types of animation. It's great that Blackmagic can be a part of helping to make this type of creativity possible!"
Strange and Blancett used Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects 7 to create 1920x1080 Blackmagic 10 bit uncompressed movie files. In post, the final movies were exported as standard definition (SD) movies to be off-line edited on an Apple G4 and a Mac Pro using Final Cut Pro 5. The online assembly was also done using After Effects.
The After Effects project files were then sent to a G5 dual 1.8 with 4GB RAM. Using the SD files as reference in Final Cut Pro, the uncompressed 10 bit files were then colour corrected in After Effects. The DeckLink Pro was used to preview their Photo Jpeg files for color correction purposes on both an analog CRT monitor and a DLP projector with SDI inputs.
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