The Lampies Comes Together Through Collaboration

Uli Meyer Studios, Spider-Eye and Animo software contribute to the animation production

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Spider-Eye used Animo's Scene Graph module to create an overall view of how a scene is composited, allowing any user to work on a pre-composited scene without having to analyze and dissect the work of the previous user. The project was produced on a limited budget that didn't allow for costly animated cast shadows. Instead, realistic shadowing was achieved by having animators re-introduce the animation level, make it black and transparent, and then place it under the character. Animo also allowed for "lighting effects on all of the animation with the simple application of indoor/outdoor/night versions of color palettes," said Francis. The Lampies, targeted at five- to seven-year-olds, is scheduled to air on BBC1 starting in September of this year.

Uli Meyer Studios was established 11 years ago and has produced approximately 200 commercials and worked on the feature films Space Jam, Lost in Space, and Anastasia. The studio, based in Waterloo, is a state-of-the-art animation facility with 3D, Avid and Commotion workstations.

Spider-Eye Limited, founded by Morgan Francis and John Brooks in the 1990s, provides leading 2D and 3D animation service. The animation service company attracts high-end, complicated, difficult-to-achieve art films and commercials.

The Animo line of products was developed and is marketed exclusively by Cambridge Animation Systems, with headquarters in Cambridge, U.K. Animo is used for feature films, animated television series, commercials, games and multimedia development by studios worldwide including Warner Brothers, DreamWorks SKG, Nelvana Limited, Pentafour Software, Tape House, Shine Digital, Praxinos and Colorland.