Computer Graphics World

Aug/Sept 2012

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■ ■ ■ ■ CG Animation POSE by PPOOSSEE By Barbara Robertson so inspiring, if the animation style he embraced hadn't been so unique, if the shots hadn't been so hilarious, the poses so dramatic, things might have turned out entirely diff erently at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Th ere, a crew of approximately 300 artists worked on 1,250 shots for the ani- mated feature. If the director ofHotel Transylv ania weren't Directed by multiple Emmy-award winner Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania is a monster movie with an inventive, comedic twist: Count Dracula owns and operates a luxury resort hotel where monsters can escape the demands of the human world. Th e idyllic surroundings give the vampire count a perfect safe haven for Mavis, his teenage daughter—until a human teenage backpacker named Jonathan accidentally crashes Mavis's 118th birthday party. Th e fi lm stars the voice talents of Adam Sandler as Dracula, Sele- na Gomez as his daughter Mavis, Steve Buscemi as the werewolf Wayne, Kevin James as Frankenstein, CeeLo Green as Murray the Mummy, David Spade as Griffi n the Invisible Man, Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo, Andy Samberg as Jonathan, and many others. Th e idea of a hotel for monsters had been in development at Sony Pictures Animation for six years before Tartakovsky moved into "Hotel T." Previous directors had approved character designs. Artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks had created the CG characters. Th e technical team at Image- works had set up a pipeline based on Arnold, a physically accurate renderer. Th ere was just one problem. Tartakovsky wanted a graphic style for his animated feature that 8 August/September 2012

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