June 9, 2009

Direct Dimensions scans for "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

Do your children get it when you tell them scanning is cool? Just point them to this clip just in from Direct Dimensions who helped bring Abraham Lincoln to the silver screen in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. President Michael Raphael says that Los Angeles-based special effects firm Rhythm and Hues found out his company had scanned the statue of Abe Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial following September 11, 2001 and were able to enhance the data into what you see in the movie. Hint: Michael, next time, ask for an assistant producer credit.Last year Northway-Photomap Inc. in Toronto scanned some of the sets for the “The Incredible Hulk”. Capturing the precise location(s) of the cameras and lights is often key for the generation of special effects in post-processing.

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