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Boutique CGI/VFX Studio Max Ink Café Creates Game Cinematics For Playstation2 Game Console
28 March 2002, Posted: 2308hrs GMT

Westside effects studio Max Ink Cafe recently completed the game cinematics for Dragon Rage, the newly released PlayStation2 game console for km . MIC created seven movies totaling 10 minutes of animation. The company integrated live action digital video footage of ocean, sunset and fire (more on this below) with pure CG environments and matte paintings that appear in the cinematics.

The company modeled, textured, and animated the characters and the environments employing a mix of key frame animation and motion capture. The company completed the mo-cap sequences at the industries leading motion capture facility House of Moves .


The company used a variety of tools, including, Discreet's 3ds max and Character Studio, Right Hemisphere's Deep Paint, and three Digimation plugins: Shag Hair, Stitch, and Bones Pro 2.

Production on the Dragon Rage cinematics was 12 weeks long and involved a team of approximately 35 artists. Todd Sheridan Perry was the Animation Director, while Duane Stinnett, who is a former art director at Irvine, California game developing company Blizzard Entertainment, handled the CG Supervisor duties.

Max Ink Café estimates that 40 percent of its work is done for the game development industry. They work within both the film and gaming communities.


"In games, you have complete control over all the elements and you aren't necessarily aiming for photo reality. There is a lot of creative latitude when creating the fully CG world," says Jennifer A. Champagne, CG producer at Max Ink Cafe. "In movies, you are trying to create the illusion of reality, so there is a lot more attention to detail. Also, you are dependent on the design and quality of the live action footage that you are trying to match."


In addition to the animation and video sequences, Max Ink Cafe also created dragon fire with a mix of analog effects -- via hair spray lit on fire as well as a sequence of the ocean waves swelling below a sunset, all shot with a Canon XL1 DV camera. The elements were then melded the final scenes with the CG Elements.

Previous game work includes Warriors of Might & Magic (June 2000), WDL Thunder Tanks (August 2000), and WDL War Jets (September 2000), all for the 3DO company.

To view more images and movies of Dragon Rage log onto the Projects Section of the studios website or for higher resolution reprintable images go to