P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:00:01       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   Computer animation reaches new heights, (or should that be depths?) in Antz. The movie takes us to the teeming micro world of ants, where a picnic spread becomes a metropolis of skyscraper-sized bottles and plates. "It's all from the ants' perspective. Even the most common things change when you get to their level," says Antz co-director Tim Johnson. But how did the computers create the SFX? ——————————————————————————————————1/6—— Hollywood gossip 461 Family fun 443 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT p400 Wright Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:01:01       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   Creating Antz was a massive task for DreamWorks. It took more than 30 months to make and involved 400 computers. The SFX reaped their reward though — Antz earned $10m in its first weekend at the US box office. "Computer animation is the best of live action and the best of hand-drawn animation. It has fantasy, imagination and exaggeration," enthuses the film's co-director Tim Johnson. ——————————————————————————————————2/6—— Is there time to win her back? 146 IAN WRIGHT'S ALL RIGHT p145 Wright Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:00:51       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   There were more than 760 effects shots in Antz, from facial expressions to huge crowd scenes. Water presented a massive challenge. For the climax of the film the SFX department had it splashing, flowing and interacting with moving objects. The realistic-looking water is millions of digital particles surging over a virtual sound stage directed by hoses, paddles and jets. ——————————————————————————————————3/6—— Hollywood gossip 461 Family fun 443 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT p400 Wright Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:01:11       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   Creating an army of insects was a huge technical challenge for the Antz team. In one shot there are 60,000 of them! The crowd simulator drives each character's overall motion, and is invaluable for showing multitudes engaged in repetitive movements such as digging, marching or dancing. The blending system means background characters can be animated with the same amount of detail as the leads. ——————————————————————————————————4/6—— Check out Antz feature on our Web site: www.teletext.co.uk Wright Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:00:00       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   Antz' technical directors (TDs) built a digital skeleton into each character's model, which determined the way their joints bent and the skin moved. In the past, facial expressions were accomplished by using morph targets — meaning to pre-build certain expressions and switch between them. With the new system, combinations of muscles can now come into play when an expression is formed. ——————————————————————————————————5/6—— Is there time to win her back? 146 IAN WRIGHT'S ALL RIGHT p145 Wright Angst TV Plus Green
P144 Teletext 144 Nov 6 21:01:01       —————————————————————————————  INSECTS' SFX!   The various combinations of muscles that make different expressions on human faces were applied to the ants. There are 300 plus separate control elements in the characters' faces, including bone movements, e9e rotations and lid controls. Now when you see an ant's mouth move, for example, you should see the cheeks and lower eyelids move too. ——————————————————————————————————6/6—— Check out Antz feature on our Web site: www.teletext.co.uk Wright Angst TV Plus Green