By Zona Marie Tan
Animal Logic’s upcoming animation feature, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, will be released in stereoscopic 3D.
“Guardians of Ga’Hoole is being released in 3D as part of a world wide release in 2010,” said Animal Logic’s managing director, Zareh Nalbandian. “Most big studio animated movies are now being produced in 3D as part of the ‘eventising’ of the movies.”
Set to be distributed by Warner Bros, this S3D release follows on the heels of Disney and Dreamworks own slate of stereoscopic 3D film titles in the coming year.
“As there are more and more digital 3D screens the easier it gets to fold the 3D release into the mainstream 2D release,” Zareh said. “Also in the entirely virtual CG animated feature world, it is more practical than live action to create a satisfying and engaging 3D experience in parallel with the 2D one.”
Zareh also elaborated that Guardians’ storyline made it the perfect setting for an incredibly exciting and complex visual experience.
“Guardians has unique opportunities and challenges,” he said. “Due to the complexity and believability of the world we are creating, the scale and camera techniques of our world of owls and other creatures, and the spectacle and non-earthbound nature of the flight scenes and action scenes in flight. A lot of invention will be required, both creative and technical to do justice to the opportunity.”
Guardians of Ga’Hoole is based on a New York Times bestselling children’s fiction book series of the same name written by American author Kathryn Lasky. It is about a young barn owl and his friends as who flee a mob of rogue owls and embark on a journey to return to their family.
The film, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), is slated for release on July 30, 2010.