View Full Version : Christopher Reeve to Direct New Animated Film

12 December 2003, 05:15 PM
What they said:

IDT Entertainment today announced that it has engaged Christopher Reeve to direct an original feature length animated film. Mr. Reeve is well known for his portrayal of Superman in 4 feature films and for starring roles in The Bostonians, Somewhere in Time and The Remains of the Day. In addition, Mr. Reeve is a distinguished writer, producer and director. In 1997 he was nominated for an Emmy for directing the HBO film In The Gloaming. IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, a multinational carrier, telephone and technology company.

"Christopher Reeve is a man I deeply admire. His 'can do' attitude is inspiring," said Howard Jonas, IDT's Founder and Chairman. "Without question, he is a true American superhero. His courage, integrity and professional accomplishments are not the stuff of fiction - they're real life."

Digital Production Solutions (DPS), IDT Entertainment's animation unit, will provide complete production services on the film. Mr. Reeve will oversee the entire production process, from character development, casting and set design through animation, lighting, texturing and postproduction."

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12 December 2003, 02:28 AM
This is an interesting develoment.

For those who haven't heard of it, DPS has developed the "global animation studio" concept to a pretty sophisticated (it seems) level. They use a web-based application to tie together all aspects of production, storyboards, animation, models, lighting, and so on.

A lot of folks have been ambivalent about this process. On the one hand, it might allow artists to work from home, wherever home may be. A good thing. On the other hand, it would allow competing artists from areas of the world where the cost of labor is minimal to underbid those of us in the "developed world". A bad thing.

One thing that had never occurred to me is that it might allow a director with limited mobility (like Reeve) to oversee a project without actually having to be at the studio on a daily basis. Not to underestimate Reeve's talents as a director, or anything, but this is clearly a move by DPS to leverage a bit of star power in order to showcase the merits of their technology.

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