New York, New York, June 15, 2012 - The first Previsualization Sneak Peek of the upcoming Live Action feature film NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING debuted today. The "Previs" video, brings to life the storyboard for the film combining revolutionary facial capture technology and Previs animation for the first time. A.P.N.G. Enterprises, (The Association for the Protection of the New Generation), the creators of the film, teamed up with Previs master David Dozoretz from Persistence of Vision to create this unique, one-of-a-kind, storyboard treatment.
NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING Previs
The Previs Sneak Peek allows viewers a unique opportunity to grasp Director J.D. Matonti's creative vision for the film. According to Matonti and Dozoretz, while Previs technology has been used to describe how to set up a scene for production purposes since 1996's Mission Impossible 2, NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING is the first time that groundbreaking new MotionScan technology for facial capture has been utilized with Previs creating a "trailer-like" experience. This Previs Sneak Peek allows Matonti to showcase his vision for the live action film early in the process without the need to spend millions on visual effects, sets, and locations.
A.P.N.G. Enterprises utilized the talents of actors Lucas Grabeel (Switched at Birth, High School Musical, Smallville), Ayla Kell (Make It or Break It), and Jamieson Price (The Patriot) to bring to life four of the main characters from the film for the Previs Sneak Peek. Filmed at Depth Analysis (L.A. Noire) studios, the actors were shot using 32 high-definition cameras to capture true-to-life three-dimensional performances and then animated into a virtual New York City landscape. Using live actors allowed Matonti to actively direct and allowed the filmmaker the ability to capture the emotion and nuance that each actor brought to their character as they delivered their lines and action. Actor Lucas Grabeel who has the challenging role of playing twins Chris and Sean for this Previs Sneak Peek, can be seen behind the scenes of his shoot here discussing the impact filming had on bringing his character to life.
Lucas Grabeel Behind the Scenes NEW-GEN Previs
NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING is the epic story of twin brothers, Chris and Sean, who have extraordinary abilities which have made them outcasts on their adopted home planet Earth. Living in New York and trying to suppress their powers, the twins, with the guidance from their friend Carmen, come to realize their true origins are in NEW-GEN, a Utopian world that exists in another dimension. For generations on NEW-GEN, humans, strange creatures and robots lived harmoniously, side-by-side and worked together for peace.
But now a battle has erupted on NEW-GEN, focused around advanced nanotechnology. Two superhuman scientists are ensconced in a war: Gabriel, the former guardian of the twins and founder of NEW-GEN, and Deadalus, a despot capable of transforming entire dimensions into nightmarish landscapes. As Deadalus brings the battle to Earth, the twins and Carmen find themselves on the front lines of a Nanotech War which could destroy both Earth and NEW-GEN. With Carmen's help, they unleash their spectacular powers and fight to bring an end to the war and to Deadalus.
NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING is directed by J.D. Matonti, produced by Chris Matonti, and executive produced by Julia Coppola. The film is based on the NEW-GEN comic book series created by the Matonti brothers and Julia Coppola and distributed through Marvel.
A.P.N.G. Enterprises will release NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING in 2013.