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Re: It's funny because it's true...

> 2D is less expensive and keeps the investors a little farther out of the 
> production, no?

Having worked in both 3D and 2D for 18 years the short answer....NO.  Both 
processes take a long time and are both expensive and are both driven by the 
investors and production companies.  This goes for Disney and even smaller 
companies.  Often shows are focus grouped, which is a little like watching hot 
dogs get made.


On Jul 1, 2011, at 5:49 AM, Bob Tess wrote:

> 2D is less expensive and keeps the investors a little farther out of the 
> production, no?
> On Jul 1, 2011, at 8:37 AM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
>>> From: owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu [mailto:owner-VRTPALEO@usc.edu]
>>> On Behalf Of Luis Rey
>>> I don't think it is just a problem of 2-D or 3-D. I have seen
>>> a progressive deterioration in the quality of the 3-D
>>> stuff... suddenly the Jurassic Fight Club type of animation
>>> has become the norm, and it is abysmal. The anatomical errors
>>> and over dramatization have become so widespread (that also
>>> includes the lack of  knowledge of real animal behavior) that
>>> I'd rather have some of the stuff that came immediately
>>> after Walking With Dinosaurs like that little series
>>> "Dinosaur Planet" anytime...
>> Fair enough.
>> And I have to admit I do see a lot of advantages to CGI: for example, it is 
>> easier on the animators to do multiple walk cycles,
>> postures, etc., on "sketch" versions of the critters, show them to 
>> consultants, and have us critique them. A handful of shows that I
>> have worked with/am working with do just this.
>> And I would LOVE to require all animators, directors, script writers, etc. 
>> to take a course or two on animal behavior and
>> biomechanics...
>> That said, just because WWD did something shouldn't mean that the whole 
>> field has to do the same thing. 2D stills, 2D animation,
>> etc., still can be very effective if used well, and there are some 
>> advantages (such as those I listed earlier) that make 2D drawings
>> potentially more accurate than 3D CGI.
>> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
>> Email: tholtz@umd.edu        Phone: 301-405-4084
>> Office: Centreville 1216                     
>> Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
>> Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
>> http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
>> Fax: 301-314-9661            
>> Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
>> http://www.geol.umd.edu/sgc
>> Fax: 301-314-9843
>> Mailing Address:     Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
>>                      Department of Geology
>>                      Building 237, Room 1117
>>                      University of Maryland
>>                      College Park, MD 20742 USA