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Culver City, Calif.—Jul 15, 2005
Columbia Pictures' Monster House Schedules Real D's Digital 3-D Release on More Than 100 Screens
ImageMovers' Second "Performance Capture" Production through Sony Pictures Imageworks Debuts Nationally July 21, 2006
Columbia Pictures' Monster House, the
second film to employ the ground-breaking "Performance Capture," innovation
developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, will be released in more than 100
theaters in REAL D's revolutionary digital 3-D format day-and-date with its
2D national release on July 21, 2006, it was announced today by Rory Bruer,
President of Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures.
The imagery for the ImageMovers/Amblin Production of Monster House is being
overseen by Sony Pictures Imageworks, which also oversaw ImageMovers' first
"Performance Capture" film The Polar Express, a film that was released in
IMAX 3-D with the help of Sony Pictures Imageworks.
"Monster House is the perfect film for REAL D's innovative technology," said
Bruer. "It literally adds another dimension to the filmgoing experience and
enhances the film's entertainment value."
"Moviegoers are clearly looking for new experiences from their local
multiplex, and we are delighted to work with Sony Pictures and our
exhibition partners to deliver the future of cinema," said Michael V. Lewis,
Chairman, REAL D. "This partnership advances our goal of capturing a vast
theatrical footprint for REAL D Cinema so that audiences worldwide can
experience incredibly lifelike 3D entertainment from Columbia Pictures and
our growing roster of content partners."
"As a leader in visual effects and character animation, we are constantly
developing new technologies to enable filmmakers to tell their stories,"
said Tim Sarnoff, President, Sony Pictures Imageworks. "REAL D Cinema truly
enables a movie-goer to experience a film versus just watching it, and we
look forward to working with them on such an exciting project."
"Monster House is perfect to be presented in 3D," said Steve Starkey, the
film's producer and principal in ImageMovers, "as was proved on The Polar
Express. I'm thrilled that we once again have this opportunity."
Monster House is an exciting and hilarious thrill-ride tale about three kids
(Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke) who must do battle with a
mysterious home that is determined to eat every trick or treater in sight on
Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee,
Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner and Fred Willard are among the stars lined
up for Monster House, the latest film to employ the groundbreaking
technology of Performance Capture Animation, an innovative technique
developed by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke's ImageMovers
Company and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Monster House is the second feature-length Performance Capture film to be
produced by ImageMovers.
Monster House is being directed by Gil Kenan, the UCLA Spotlight
Award-winning director of the live-action/animation short The Lark. The film
is written by Dan Harmon & Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler. The producers are
Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke and Steven Spielberg. The
executive producer is Jason Clark.
RealD (NYSE: RLD) is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, and RealD Format technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content. RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. RealD was founded in 2003 and has offices in Beverly Hills, California; Boulder, Colorado; London, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong; and Tokyo, Japan.
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About Columbia Pictures:
Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a
Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a
subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based
Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture
production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital
content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home
entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities;
development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and
distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.
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About Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.:
Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. is an Academy Award®-winning, state-of-the-art
visual effects and character animation company dedicated to the art and
artistry of digital production and character creation. The company has been
recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars®
for its work on Spider-Man® 2 and the CG animated short film The ChubbChubbs!,
as well as nominations for Spider-Man®, Hollow Man, Stuart Little and
Starship Troopers. Imageworks continues to raise the level in the visual
effects and character animation industry, becoming a major force by
providing leading edge technology to its world-class artists.
Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Digital, which oversees the
digital production and online entertainment assets of Sony Pictures
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