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Published on Feb 8, 2011
In April 2010, I managed to retrieve Prelude to Eden's original digital files on Exabyte tapes. The tapes had been missing for several years, stored in a warehouse in Cambridge, UK. I was hoping that from those, I'd be able to create an HD master. Unfortunately, the tapes were corrupted and no data could be extracted from them. Determined to create an HD master of the film, I located the original 35mm Interpositive that was created by Kodak Cinesite in London for the theatrical release, back in 1995. Then, I had the IP scanned at 1920x1080 resolution by Alpha Cine, in Seattle.
Once the film was turned into an uncompressed HD Quicktime, I color-corrected each scene, digitally removed specs and dust, and stabilized the film through After Effects' Motion Stabilizer.
Prelude to Eden was animated on paper the old fashion way. This film was part of the first generation of hand drawn animation digitally painted and composited. It was used to develop Animo which subsequently became the primary 2D animation software at Dreamworks and Warner Bros Feature animation (where I was head of special effects at the time). Animo was instrumental in the creation of films such as The Iron Giant, The Prince of Egypt, Eldorado, Space Jam, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Osmosis Jones, and many others.
Prelude to Eden was nominated for an Annie Award for best animated short Subject in 1996.