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.
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