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ANIMAL LOGIC GRADES 'HAPPY FEET'
|December 11, 2006
Happy Feet follows the story of Mumble
the penguin and required that Animal Logic create a vibrant, colorful look for
the film, which takes place in an icy setting, by ensuring accurate, crisp
detail in the whites and blacks of the penguins. Particularly challenging was
the fact that Mumble is grey.
"For this reason, we delved into the original compositing mattes for the
grade," explains Eric Whipp, Animal Logic's head colorist. "In the end, we used
over 2,000 mattes in the grading process, right down to individual character
mattes, eye iris mattes and eye white mattes. Being able to separate and
isolate elements of a shot was crucial to the grading process of this film and
we were able to produce and correct in the grade in a matter of minutes and not