This is a video clip that represents how bay area artists came together to make the impossible happen, creating the subtle magic that is behind Jennifer Phang's Half-Life (Sundance 2008). The visual effects and animation were all created by the volunteer efforts of Northern Californian artists like Catherine Tate and her amazing students at the Academy of Art who tackled many of the challenging yet subtle visual effects shots (Cessnas flying over the landscape, smoke across the Manta statue, shadow of plane over the Manta scultpure, compositing of the animated moments). All of the 2D hand-drawn animations were done by Matt Pugnetti who is an amazing San Jose based animator and illustrator. He brought so much of the dream world of Half-Life to reality in his collaboration with Jennifer on this project. Michael Okum who was one of our set artists during production stepped up to do some amazing color work on these frame by frame animations. There are many more visual effects scenes and animated moments by this team which also include painted backgrounds for additional dream sequences by John Cooney who is a Berkeley based artist and musician. Many others also contributed to some of the amazing visuals you've seen including the 3D manta moment of reality at the end of this clip done by Toby Evetts of the MOD Studios.
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