the passing glow of every street lamp that lights the way for thousands
of people each night, there is a world that few
have ever imagined. Not the seedy night life that is fodder for numerous
novels, movies and television shows, but that of the keepers of the
light, the Lampies. Their story can now be told with the help of Uli
Meyer Studios, Spider-Eye and Cambridge Animation Systems' Animo
The Lampies is an animated series about the creatures who live in and
maintain street lamps. But street lamp upkeep isn't just about checking
fuses and removing burnt-out filaments. The Lampies have to protect
their territory, HO32, from the nefarious Roons, enemies who often try
to thwart their efforts. This conflict and a constant stream of visitors
and catastrophes to HO32 provide endless adventures for the Lampies.
The series of 26 11-minute episodes was produced by Uli Meyer Studios
and composited by Spider-Eye using Animo.
Characters were created with traditional 2D animation and combined with
3D-generated backgrounds and camera moves in Animo. The software provided
the standard work format and color models that overcame the obstacle
of producing 260 minutes of animation in only 12 months between studios
in London and China.
"If we produce a color model here in Animo, we know that the scenes
painted in China are going to be the exact same colors every time,"
said Morgan Francis, director with Spider-Eye. "Likewise,
if there is a painting mistake made in China, we can go ahead and fix
it on-site rather than go through the re-shoot process."
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