Animal Logic targets ‘Dinosaurs’

New South Wales generates $79.5 mil package of vfx work

SYDNEY — Aussie vfx house Animal Logic has nabbed lead animation work on the BBC’s 3D feature “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.”

The work on “Walking,” which is a spin-off of the popular skein that bowed a decade ago and has a reported budget of £40 million ($63.5 million), was announced as part of an A$80 million ($79.5 million) package of film and TV investment in the state of New South Wales.

“It means 800 jobs for actors, visual effect specialists, writers, technicians and carpenters in the film industry,” said NSW premier Kristina Keneally at the announcement.

Australia is fast carving itself a niche in the burgeoning 3D market and the other projects headed to NSW include vfx work on Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” at Fuel VFX, which will also do vfx on Marvel pics “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

As well as its work on “Walking,” Animal Logic will convert “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” into 3D.

The news of the new projects comes on the eve of the release of James Cameron’s 3D thriller “Sanctum,” filmed at Oz’s Gold Studios, and after the international success of the animated pic “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” which was produced at Animal Logic, and which recently broke the $100 million mark at the international B.O.

Pics were secured with the NSW government’s $19.8 million Film Fund and the Industries Assistance Fund but exact figures were not revealed.

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