- Fri Aug 30, 2002 5:04 pm
Yeah, the bulk of the composites in Young Sherlock Holmes were traditonal optical composites (using Stained Glass Knight elements created with the laser scanner), however, according to Dennis Muren there is one true digital composite in the film (the shot I mentioned with the out of focus glass sword in the foreground). Apparently this was done as a digital comp because of the focus issues, but perhaps also just to test the feasibility of it.
About that same time in England, CFC was doing their first digital composite for a feature film. Nothing definitive has ever been published to really decide who's was first.
As for Terrence's book, it says on page 249:
"Young Sherlock Holmes in 1984, this was the first production to use the new machine (the laser scanner). It completed for the very first time ever a complete digital composite of a CG character onto live-action imagery."
Also, John Lasseter animated the Knight, and Jeff Mann is the guy who can be seen in some behind the scenes photos wearing a "tron-like" outfit for some movement reference that they shot for the Glass Knight. Jeff has worn many hats and is currently a manager at ILM.
As for Temple vs Crusade fx, I like both films well enough, and both have great work in them. I was being a bit harsh about Crusade, I just happen to like the work in Temple a little more. Mike McAllister is a talented guy regardless.
Yeah that Nova special is great, it covers that Thugee guard stuff on the bridge, and rotoing back in Indy's legs, as well as the baby aligators in the river. It also covers work from Jedi and 2010. It's the best documentary on fx from that era I've ever seen.
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