Viewpoint, Panavision set up shop

Scanner to bring new dimension to film sets

Film-camera maker Panavision Intl. has teamed with Viewpoint Digital, a 3-D computer graphics model builder, to create a film-set scanning and location-modeling solution for the f/x market.

The new service is expected to combine Viewpoint’s software with Panavision’s laser-scanning Panascan system to integrate live-action photography with computer-generated imagery through a digital-scanning and modeling technique developed by the companies.

The purpose is to give filmmakers the chance to easily alter entire sets, and create set extensions and locations through the computer.

Current set-capturing methods use photo-based surveying equipment.

As part of the process, filmmakers will work with Panavision to digitally scan their sets using Panascan. Viewpoint will then enhance the resulting data with its proprietary modeling tools and processes to create detailed 3-D models in less time.

“With the combination of highly efficient laser-scanning techniques from Panavision and meticulous modeling craftsmanship from Viewpoint, options for computer-generated imagery in cinematography are limitless,” said Walter Noot, veep of production for Viewpoint.

Utah-based Viewpoint Digital, a wholly owned subsid of Computer Associates Intl., publishes the world’s largest library of 3-D digital content and provides creative modeling services to the f/x industry for films and TV projects. Its models most recently have been used on “Fight Club,” “Lake Placid,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Mystery Men” and “Inspector Gadget.”

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