Bros. Feature Animation Taps CELCO eXtreme MPX Film Recorders for “The
CALIFORNIA (DATE, 1999) -- The camera department at Warner Bros. Feature
Animation utilized its inventory of CELCO digital motion picture film
recorders to output all of the final animation for “The Iron Giant,”
the studio’s new critically-acclaimed animated feature. Directed by Brad
Bird, “The Iron Giant” is the story of a nine-year old who befriends a
50-foot robot from outer space in his Maine village.
The reliability and
robustness of CELCO’s film recorders were put to the test when the
camera department, under supervisor Mark Dinicola, used three eXtreme MPX
systems to output film frames for the project over an approximately
To record out the
final animation, the eXtreme MPX systems took TIFF files rendered by
third-party animation software at 2048 x 871 resolution in the anamorphic
format and output them to Kodak original negative 5245. The anamorphic
squeeze was handled in-camera by the CELCO systems.
The stability of the
film recorders, along with some Warner Bros. proprietary color management
systems, enabled the camera department to shoot portions of the same
sequence on different cameras and have the pieces cut together
department’s eXtreme MPR film recorder was also used during production
to output black and white, low-resolution pencil tests and other shots
which were not color critical.
All of “The Iron
Giant” was output on CELCO film recorders apart from the end credits.
“The Iron Giant”
marks the second time Warner Bros. Feature Animation has made extensive
use of CELCO film recorders. The eXtreme MPX and MPR systems completely
output the studio’s previous animated feature, “The Quest for
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