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VFX by Hybride Technologies

How did you go from paste-up graphic design to computer generated visual effects?

I specialized in 'Audio Visual Design' back in the 1980's before CGI had taken off. I remember there was one computer there that a professor had written a program for, but I wasn't interested. Then, for a graduation project, we created an animated opening graphic using the 'AVD' letters of our program.

You did this on the computer?

Yes. A few years before earlier Channel 4 in England had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds creating an animated '4' with spinning blocks as a signature graphic. Inspired by that logo, we replicated the idea with the 'AVD.' It really opened my eyes to see how far the capabilities had progressed in such a short time.

So you went out and earned a living doing graphics like this?

I ended up in Australia, first working a camera and animation stand to create graphics for ABC news broadcasts. Then I moved to Channel 10 in Adelaide where they had a couple of Amiga computers. I was paid to create 30-second pieces such as bouncing balls for a kids show.

You had to learn how to make CG graphics on your own?

Well, yes, and it gets better! In Singapore a few years after that, I visited SBC (Singapore Broadcast Corporation) where they had an SGI computer and a program called 'Alias' that no one knew how to use. They hired me "for a few weeks" to see if I could figure out how to use it. I ended up staying there for a few years. I got pretty fluent in CG and then joined another company also in Singapore that made commercials.

When did you discover feature films?

There's a funny story there. We'd just completed a Canon copier ad featuring a chameleon that changed colors as it walked through various scenes. We were very excited: it was the first all-CG commercial in Southeast Asia and we'd worked for eight whole weeks on it! So when we were done we decided to go out to a movie to celebrate. The movie we chose was something called "Jurassic Park." Well, I thought we were doing good CG! Jurassic Park just blew my mind. That was my new holy grail.

Journey 3D - Diamond Chamber

VFX by Hybride Technologies

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"All of our artists at Meteor used FrameCycler Professional for stereo review on Journey to the Center of the Earth. Our compositors and trackers used it with stereo goggles. Trackers 'placed the cameras' and tracked camera movement so that the CG content was properly positioned in the shots"

"When we want to check longer sequences, or see shots in context, we go to our FrameCycler DDS viewing station. There we can watch HD content in stereo using shutter glasses."

Francis Provencher, who is now Technology Supervisor at LumiereFX
Meteor Studios ran FrameCycler on Linux machines.

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