Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


EUREKA adds magic touch to film industry successes


A number of EUREKA projects in the field of cinema mean Europe is now being acknowledged as a leader in technologies for the film industry.

EUREKA Project E! 1683 Film Special Effects developed a powerful new software package to create realistic special effects for the film industry called ’Key Light’. This software has been used in the making of the Harry Potter series of films, with the latest, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, having recently been screened to the two-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS). And the award-winning Project E! 3062 DAMAGE developed a software tool to enable the tracking and management of the digital assets involved in producing animated films, enabling the making of Valiant, Europe’s largest-ever animated film.

The E! 1683 Key Light project, involving project participants from the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany, and a budget of 1.1 million euro, developed new software to enable faster and more realistic special effects. Key Light, led by the UK Computer Film Company (now Framestore CFC) has already been used very successfully in films such as Tomb Raider, Notting Hill, The Beach and Mission Impossible 2. It also generated some of the groundbreaking effects in the televised BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs and has been used in the making of the Harry Potter series and the more recent James Bond films.

Opening new doors

Peter Stansfield, the project coordinator, says that
"EUREKA gave the companies involved a trustworthy environment in which to share ideas, plus the credibility and networking to attract the necessary expertise to achieve the project’s Research and Development (R&D) goals. If truth be told, it opened the door to a wide range of highly specialised technical expertise."

The fact that the project partners were working together in a EUREKA project gave them a very safe structure in which to operate. A main end result was a change in Framestore CFC’s business model, switching from a service bureau to a software supplier, selling Key Light to special effects companies around the world.

EUREKA success continues

Another EUREKA project, E! 3062 DAMAGE has been awarded the ’Vision’ Innovation award by IBM, for developing a software tool to track and manage all the digital assets, such as sound, illustrations, backgrounds colour schemes and special effects necessary for the production of computer-generated imaging (CGI) animated films. Ealing Studios in the UK led the DAMAGE project, also involving participants from a Belgian university. DAMAGE enabled the making of Valiant, Europe’s largest ever animated feature film. Screened in around 3,000 cinemas (approximately 10% of the world’s cinema screens), some eight million people around the world have seen this film. According to Stansfield, DAMAGE enabled the film to be made in Europe at a significantly lower cost and significantly faster than if it had been made in the USA.

"Most of us associate movies and Hollywood and Hollywood and movies. It’s something we hear time and time again. What most people don’t realise is the amount of European resources or European effort that goes into the so-called Hollywood movies."

This small selection from the projects supported by the EUREKA Initiative has enabled those involved to benefit from the extremely talented pool of technical and animation expertise in Europe, and has opened up a whole new global market for the European film industry. As maintained by Peter Stansfield, "Europe’s film industry is continuing to take the world by storm!"

Catherine Shiels | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht High Number of Science Enthusiasts in Switzerland
05.02.2018 | Universität Zürich

nachricht Between filter bubbles, uneven visibility and transnationality
06.12.2017 | Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Researchers at Fraunhofer monitor re-entry of Chinese space station Tiangong-1

In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will to a large extent burn up. It is possible that some debris will reach the Earth's surface. Tiangong-1 is orbiting the Earth uncontrolled at a speed of approx. 29,000 km/h.Currently the prognosis relating to the time of impact currently lies within a window of several days. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Center and the ESA with their re-entry forecasts.

Following the loss of radio contact with Tiangong-1 in 2016 and due to the low orbital height, it is now inevitable that the Chinese space station will...

Im Focus: Alliance „OLED Licht Forum“ – Key partner for OLED lighting solutions

Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, provider of research and development services for OLED lighting solutions, announces the founding of the “OLED Licht Forum” and presents latest OLED design and lighting solutions during light+building, from March 18th – 23rd, 2018 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany, at booth no. F91 in Hall 4.0.

They are united in their passion for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) lighting with all of its unique facets and application possibilities. Thus experts in...

Im Focus: Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions

Oceans formed before Tharsis and evolved together, shaping climate history of Mars

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...

Im Focus: Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.

In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the networks of...

Im Focus: Locomotion control with photopigments

Researchers from Göttingen University discover additional function of opsins

Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Industry & Economy
Event News

Virtual reality conference comes to Reutlingen

19.03.2018 | Event News

Ultrafast Wireless and Chip Design at the DATE Conference in Dresden

16.03.2018 | Event News

International Tinnitus Conference of the Tinnitus Research Initiative in Regensburg

13.03.2018 | Event News

Latest News

TRAPPIST-1 planets provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds

21.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

The search for dark matter widens

21.03.2018 | Materials Sciences

Natural enemies reduce pesticide use

21.03.2018 | Life Sciences

Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>