Antefilms Studio, which became one of the first French Producers to crack the U.S. market with the FOX Box pickup of Funky Cops, is currently in production on a new children’s series titled Code: Lyoko. The show is scheduled for availability in September.
Code Lyoko mixes 2D and 3D animation to depict parallel worlds of reality and virtual reality. The series chronicles the adventures of a group of students who are the only ones to know that there is a parallel, virtual universe. Their mission is to save the planet from an evil supercomputer, but only after they’re done with school.
The series was designed by Tania Palumbo and Thomas Romain, and is directed by Jérôme Mouscadet. It is being co-produced by France 3 and Canal J, and distributed by Antefilms International.
Production will employ Ascension Technology’s MotionStar Wireless for extensive motion capture animation. MotionStar Wireless’ real time motion tracking allows Antefilms’ directors to optimize their mocap sessions by choreographing movements then viewing them immediately with instantaneous playback. MotionStar tracks body movement with advanced pulsed DC magnetic field technology. This untethered tracker can capture the motions of up to five performers with six degrees of freedom, simultaneously, in real time, without occlusion.
Ascension’s MotionStar and MotionStar Wireless have been used to animate productions such as Sony’s The Getaway, Antefilms’ Tribal X, Starship Troopers and Jay Jay the Jet Plane. For more information about Ascension Technology, visit www.ascension-tech.com.