Rating: Not Yet Rated (PG-13 Expected)
Foundation Imaging is seeking to produce one of the most ambitious
fully-3D action projects ever with Vortex. The film is directed
by John Allardice and created by Ron Thornton and Steve Berg.
The script is being written from the viewpoint of a live action
film then transcribed into animation via a “anything is possible”
approach. One focus that Foundation Imaging takes in this “aliens
attack Earth” adventure is realistic and convincing acting by
the animated characters to the point that some people may forget
the characters are fully 3D! You can read more about Vortex in
the Aug/Sep 1998 issue of NewTekniques magazine.
7, 1998) Thanks to the LightWave Theater event at DCC / NewTek
Expo 1998, Animation Artist magazine has learned more information
regarding the storyline behind Vortex. The movie, currently scripted
to be over two hours in length, is about a special Earth taskforce
having to fight an advanced alien race with the help of an alien
defector seeking sanctuary.
20, 1999) NewTekniques magazine has given Animation Artist magazine
permission to post the introduction to the Vortex article, by
Greg Nelson, that appeared in the Aug/Sep 1998 issue of NewTekniques:
“When it comes to using LightWave 3D [a 3D animation program],
Foundation Imaging in Santa Clara, CA has always been on the leading
edge. They´re now working on a new project that´s going to change
everything — Vortex. Vortex is a full-length feature film and
unquestionably one of the most ambitious LightWave projects ever
undertaken. Using completely LightWave 3D generated sets and characters,
Vortex tells the story of V-Force, a covert military operation
whose task is to save an Earth secretly under alien siege...”
Our thanks to NewTekniques for allowing us to post the intro into
the Vortex article.
22, 1999) Animation Artist magazine has obtained Vortex pictures
from Foundation Imaging! The picture at the top and those below
are copyright by Foundation Imaging and may not be reproduced
elsewhere without expressed written permission of Foundation Imaging.
These Vortex images are used with permission. Enjoy!
26, 1999) Two more pictures of Vortex have been added!
1999) Vortex will be released in Fall of 2000 and is being produced
by “Revenge Productions, Inc.,” a wholly owned subsidiary of Foundation
Imaging. Here’s some more official information: “The setting for
Vortex is the mid-21st century. With the help of Lt. Esteban (part
of a secret military unit called V-Force), archaeologist Cynthia
Harford and her daughter, Amy, must find a hidden artifact to
save mankind from a demonic alien race that was recently transported
2, 2000) Animation Artist Magazine has received a tip that production
of Vortex has been haulted/cancelled. Our requests to Foundation
Imaging to confirm or deny this have so far gone unanswered.
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