To aid in the production of its CG feature film, Happily N’Ever After, BFC Berliner Film Companie GmbH has entered into a custom development and support agreement with mental images GmbH, a German subsidiary of U.S. company mental images inc. The deal includes a license of mental ray 3D modeling and rendering software to be used by The BFC’s in-house production service arm, BFC Studio, under the supervision of BFC head of production Michael Hefferon.
Slated for delivery in the third quarter of 2005, Happily N’Ever After is described as a humorous action/adventure reinterpretation of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales intended for all audiences. The voice cast will include Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., George Carlin, Andy Dick, Wallace Shawn and Patrick Warburton. Paul Bolger will direct from an original script by Robert Moreland. Producer credit goes to Vanguard Films principal John H. Williams, who produced both Shrek films and Disney’s upcoming Valiant, and Rainer Soehnlein is exec producer.
According to mental images, mental ray software supports 64-bit computer processors as well as the most recent dedicated graphics processors for maximum rendering speed. The company says it is the first rendering software that combines the physically correct simulation of the behavior of light with full programmability for the creation of any imaginable visual phenomenon.
Other recent major motion pictures to use mental images software include DreamWorks’ Shark Tale, Warner Bros.’ The Matrix Reloaded and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Universal’s Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and The Hulk.