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Hey thanks for posting the pics and for reminding me of this great project. I kinda forgot about it and that's a shame. There are some nice vids on facebook too!!! http://www.facebook.com/massanimation?v=app_2392950137" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Mass Animation was the reason why I got me an account on Facebook in the first place!
I really enjoyed Ann Marie & Steve's efforts and therefore I almost made a thread about the Mass Animation Project. But I changed my mind because I wanted to avoid double threads as I was almost certain that it would appear in News(Beta) by the automatic thread creator.
So, the news was on http://www.vai.com/News/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; but somehow it was never generated into a "Vai.com Feeds"-thread. Maybe Mikey or Jeroen could change the title of this thread into "Pics of Steve & Ann Marie in the studio" or " MASS ANIMATION PROJECT WITH STEVE & ANN MARIE CALHOUN" so that it gets the attention that it deserves? Well this is the text that was on the newspage of Vai.com (it's still in the archive CLICK HERE TO VIEW VAI.COM NEWS ARCHIVES ):
November 18, 2008
"Live Music" - The Mass Animation Project
Intel Corporation has announced the start of Mass Animation, the first collaborative, worldwide effort to produce a computer-generated animated short film for theatrical release, with Steve Vai and Ann Marie Calhoun providing the music!
Starting today, artists around the world are invited to animate the shots of a 5-minute, CGI-animated short film titled “Live Music,” which is produced and directed by Yair Landau, former president of Sony Pictures Digital. The collaboration, through a unique application built on the Facebook Platform, will run through Jan. 30, 2008. Animators, regardless of experience, may begin work immediately, and community voting will open Nov. 24 at http://www.facebook.com/massanimation" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.
“Live Music” is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and early CGI films. Set in a musical instrument store, the story follows Riff, a rock ‘n’ roll guitar, who, as Landau describes it, “falls in love to the wrong song but ends up with Vanessa, the classical violin of his dreams.” The story is conveyed through the universal language of music, allowing the expressions and actions of the characters to be instantly relatable globally. The instruments are brought to life through original compositions and familiar rock tunes played principally by legendary guitarist Steve Vai as Riff and acclaimed violinist Ann Marie Calhoun as Vanessa.
To read the entire press release, click here.