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Thursday May 04
The Making of Aslan and other effects for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
Hans Ripjkema, Character Technology Lead, Rhytm&Hues Studios

Bill Westenhofer and his team at Rhythm & Hues is Los Angeles worked to bring the magestic lion Aslan, as well as a multitude of mythical and exotic beasts all fighting in an epic battle for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe". This presentation will discuss the creative and technical challenges faced by the team, from the research and development needed to bring a photoreal lion to the screen, to the creation of huge battles using the artificial intelligence program 'Massive', to the tricky task of marrying live action human performers with CGI lower haves to create centaurs and fauns.

Hans Ripjkema
Character Technology Lead
Rhytm&Hues Studios

Recognized as one of Hollywood’s top 5 visual effects powerhouses, Rhythm & Hues has over 100 feature films to its credit. Based in Los Angeles, Rhythm & Hues’ 70,000 square foot facility is a creative home to hundreds of digital artists and staff. The studio has received numerous first place awards for excellence in computer graphics, including an Oscar® for "Babe" (Best Visual Effects, 1995) and two Scientific and Technical Academy Awards®.

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