A new feature-length
documentary about fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has recently wrapped, and the production was done entirely on the Mac, according to a recent e-mail sent to MacCentral by the documentary’s director, Lance Laspina.
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Frank Frazetta is the legendary fantasy artist best known for paintings that have appeared on the covers of books, magazines, movie posters and album covers. He’s often associated his Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian artwork.
The independently funded documentary, “Frazetta — Painting with Fire,” was shot on digital video and edited on a dual-processor 500MHz Power Mac G4 using Apple’s Final cut Pro software. Compositing was done using Adobe AfterEffects Production Bundle. Adobe Photoshop was used for the 2D artwork.
The Mac was also used by the documentary’s producers, located in Santa Monica, Calif., to teleconference with a 60-piece orchestra in Prague. What’s more, the audio was mixed using bias Deck and Peak DV on a Mac. Other Mac software and products were used too — the forthcoming DVD set, for example, will be authored using DVD Studio Pro.
“And even though the budget was very low, the production value will have you believe it was 10 times what the movie actually cost,” said Laspina. “I strongly feel we have demonstrated that you can do a low budget feature that looks big budget by using Apple’s desktop technology.”
The VHS version will be on sale soon, and a 2-disc DVD version will follow in a few months.