Digital Alchemy Entertainment

January 2009
Newsletter

Digital Alchemy Entertainment is a Vancouver, BC based animation and visual effects studio servicing full production and outsourcing work for TV, Film, Gaming, and Commercial Productions worldwide.

Digital Alchemy begins an exciting New Year with a variety of productions airing on television and a number of exciting new projects underway.

In addition to the 3D Animation and Visual Effects services Digital Alchemy offers, we now have a division devoted to 2D Flash Animation.  Read below to learn more about our current projects involving CGI Animation, 2D Flash, and a mix of the two!

  IN THIS ISSUE  

What's Airing On TV
Projects In The Works
Latest In R & D
DA Sponsored Events
Affiliate News

What's Airing On Television

ZiXX Level Three    The highly anticipated third season will be premiering on YTV on January 10 @ 8pm.  Digital Alchemy provided the gamut of animation services; including series direction and production design.  The production was a collaboration with DA's industry associate Rainmaker Entertainment for Thunderbird Films Inc.
Click here to view more from the stunning new season!  www.zixx.ca

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Zigby    Zigby is an animated preschool series airing on February 23 @ 11:30am on Treehouse, ABC Australia, France 5, and ZDF. The show has already been generating an enormous buzz amongst the children's broadcasters and is sure to be a hit.

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Projects In The Works

SaskTel TV Spot    In collaboration with Cinepost Films, Digital Alchemy has wrapped production on a TV Commercial for Sasktel.  The spot is currently receiving television broadcast promoting the Saskatchewan Telephone company.  Digital Alchemy is currently gearing up to begin work on the next spot with Cinepost Films.

SaskTel TV commercial SaskTel TV commercial

Thirst    Thirst is a feature film produced by Insight Film Studios, one of Canada's largest film production companies.  Digital Alchemy provided visual effects for the feature, which is currently airing on the Super Channel, among many other outlets and venues.

'Thirst' the feature film

Music Video    January 2009, production begins on a 2D animated music video.  The video will be created with Flash, Toon Boom, and After Effects.

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Visual Effects    Digital Alchemy continues to provide CGI creature effects sequences for the LA based horror film 'Skinned Deep'.

'Skinned Deep' the feature film

CG Animated Preschool Series    DA is currently in the production of an innovative new TV pilot which incorporates live-action child actors, with lovable cartoon creatures, in a fantastical world…  all created in 3D.

2D Flash Series    Recently, Digital Alchemy completed a 2D Flash and CGI hybrid animated series.  The characters have a classical look that is combined seamlessly within a dynamic 3D environment.

Flash animation

Research and Development

Digital Alchemy ensures their clients receive the best quality work with the most up to date resources in the industry.  This is achieved by DA's continued efforts in research and development.

VRay In Softimage XSI    Digital Alchemy has become official Alpha testers for the industries' leader in photo-real rendering software.  Softimage XSI combined with VRay will be a winning combination of production friendly workflow and high-end photo-real results.  Digital Alchemy is proud to be working with the Chaos Group to help bring this to a reality.

VRay 3D animation Vancouver

2D In 3D    Digital Alchemy has been creating new tools and solutions for bringing 2D Vector based drawings and characters into a 3D environment.  This achieves a much more authentic look of traditional 2D than toon shaders, yet still allows the freedom of working in a 3D set.  To view a sample from a show in development using this technique follow this link:

Recall Wrangler

Microsoft High Performance Computing    In conjunction with the High Performance Computing division at Microsoft Canada, Digital Alchemy is currently providing a proof of concept for the implementation of a Windows based HPC environment solution.  The intention of this installation is to provide advanced render farm capabilities.

Sponsored Events

Women In Games International (WIGI)    Digital Alchemy was honored to provide sponsorship for the Women in Games International Event held at Subeez Lounge (Vancouver, BC) in December 2008.  The event supported the advancement of women in the industry and also provided a top quality networking event for everyone involved with gaming.

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Digital Alchemy is also proud to sponsor the Women in Games International Association with two exciting new events!

Vancouver, B.C. Chapter Party    On February 7, 2009, Digital Alchemy will host an informal and fun WIGI Van night in Gastown coinciding with Vancouver's Game Design Expo.  Join us for a social evening of networking, drinks, gaming and a discussion on the future of the industry.  For complete details, email info@alchemyentertainment.com

Game Developer Conference (GDC) Party    People are still talking about last year's Women in Games GDC party…  and this year Digital Alchemy Entertainment will contribute with their expertise in Digital Media as a Gold Sponsor to make this year's event even better!

Affiliate News

Starz Animation, a Toronto based industry affiliate of Digital Alchemy Entertainment Inc. has recently released a trailer for its latest production “9”Click to preview this epic new feature film.

Apple Trailers '9'

Gnomeo and Juliette is Another Feature Film from Starz Animation Toronto, coming in 2011.  It's an exciting new production which will be created in conjunction with Academy Award winning Studio Miramax Films, with Kelly Ashbury, the Director of Shrek 2 and the Legendary Song Writing Team Elton John & Bernie.

Starz Animation
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Digital Alchemy Entertianment has built a reputation for outstanding artistry and well executed work.  We are always interested in meeting with new producers to share our knowledge in the field and offer our expertise.

Call us at 604-484-0688 or email info@alchemyentertainment.com

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