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News Room: What is Demolition Previsualization? Date: 4/23/2008 12:00:00 AM

When it comes to demolition, filmmakers can count on one thing; they are going to need a huge budget for a few scant seconds of spectacular film.  The fundamental truth is demolition, costs time, manpower, and money, and that affects a production’s impact and bottom line.

Prior to today, the only alternative to life-size and scale model demolition was animation.  But animating destruction scenes, besides being burdensome, can be even more costly for producers because the average demolition scene takes anywhere from three to nine months in its journey from story board to film.

Now, after more than a decade of research and development, TSNStudios is about to turn the demolition process on its head through the use of Extreme Loading®, a state-of-the-art technology created originally for the engineered simulation and analysis of structures.

"We're giving filmmakers and animators a great new toolset, one that will allow them to see how things break prior to actually breaking them," says David DiGirolamo, creative director for TSNStudios.  "Our simulations are based on real world physics and can be run in a fraction of the time, as compared to other engineered simulations.  But, what is really special is the file we generate.  It doesn't have to stop at previs; if needs be, it can be imported into a 3D package for use in postproduction visual effects.  Let's face it; before this breakthrough demolition previsualization was virtually non-existent because the technology and speed for a successful run just weren't there."

Today, TSNStudios is proud to be the first and only company to develop this missing technology and is excited about bringing it to the film, animation, and gaming industries.

Extreme Loading is proving to be a versatile and robust tool:
· The software can be used to design a destructible set
· Engineered simulations can be run long before the set is built
· Safe zones for cameras can be identified
· Alternative scenarios can be considered
· And in the end, the resulting 3D files can be brought into Maya or  comparable package for dressing and compositing.

TSNStudios' strategy incorporates developing strategic partnerships with leaders in the film production and VFX community, participating in productions where Extreme Loading effects add value to the production, and developing the technology to be more tightly integrated with existing animation tools for independent animators.

"Demolition previs," adds DiGirolamo. "It's seeing in minutes or hours the outcome of what you are about to spend weeks or months executing."

Examples from the Osgiliath tower demolition previs shown above.
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