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Posted on Jun 13, 2006 in Games PR

PR: Warhammer Trailer Selected for Award

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DIGIC PICTURES’ WARHAMMER ® : MARK OF CHAOS™ CINEMATIC TRAILER SELECTED FOR THE SIGGRAPH 2006 ELECTRONIC THEATER PROGRAM

A new short film from Digic Pictures has received one of the greatest recognitions in the computer animation world

BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 13, 2006 – According to the announcement made by ACM SIGGRAPH, Digic Pictures’ cinematic trailer, created for the computer game WARHAMMER®: Mark of Chaos ™, was selected for the SIGGRAPH 2006 Electronic Theater Program.

WARHAMMER®: Mark of Chaos™ introductory cinema

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. commissioned Digic Pictures to create the intro movie for the WARHAMMER®: Mark of Chaos ™ RTS game, which is being developed by Black Hole Entertainment. The realistic, highly detailed short film introduces the dark atmosphere of the fantasy world of Warhammer.

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Presented for the first time at the E3 2006 exhibition in Los Angeles, the movie became one of the most critically acclaimed films of the show.

"Digic is really at the cutting edge of what’s possible in pre-rendered cinematics, they are doing things that no one else can right now, and they have done an amazing job capturing the spirit of Warhammer with the intro.", said Chris Wren, Senior Producer at Namco Bandai Games America.

The 3D rendered, high definition film not simply presents spectacular action but introduces complex characters as well as a deeply emotional tale. The core of the story is the unequal epic battle between the Imperial Army and the forces of Chaos. Digic was one of the first companies to bring Games Workshop’s well-established Warhammer Fantasy universe to the screen.

“Digic Pictures have done an absolutely stunning job of capturing the dark and gritty atmosphere that characterizes the Warhammer World”, said Erik Mogensen, Licensing Manager at Games Workshop. “We’re very excited to see our characters come to life, and it’s fair to say that Digic have exceeded our highest expectations for this trailer!”

SIGGRAPH 2006 Electronic Theater

SIGGRAPH, the greatest event in the computer graphics world, is organized in the US every year since 1974. The event includes a fair, a conference and an animation festival. After a thorough selection process by a distinguished jury, the most outstanding work is presented by the Electronic Theater.

"It is a great honor for us to have our work among the best and this recognition reaffirms our faith in the work we do. Movies for computer games still secrete plenty of unutilised possibilities.” – added Gabor Marinov, Creative Producer of Digic Pictures.

This is the second Hungarian 3D animated short to earn the prestigious SIGGRAPH recognition. The first Hungarian animation chosen for the Electronic Theater was a cinematic trailer for Armies of Exigo, which was also created by Digic Pictures in 2003.

The WARHAMMER®: Mark of Chaos™ cinematic trailer is available for download at Digic Pictures’ website ( www.digicpictures.com ). It can also be found at the official WARHAMMER®: Mark of Chaos ™ website ( www.markofchaos.com ).

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