Official Press Release
Through a special arrangement with the Digital Animation And Visual Effects
School (a.k.a. the DAVE School), 2003 San Diego Comic-Con attendees will be
able to view a six-minute CG animated feature based on CrossGen‘s sci-fi
comic book series CHIMERA. Created by 2003 graduates from the DAVE School,
the exclusive film will be shown during the “CrossGen: Tomorrow’s
Technology…Today!” panel (on Friday, July 18th, at 5:00pm in room 1AB) and
on plasma monitors in the massive CrossGen booth.
Since opening in 2000 at the Universal Studios Orlando, the DAVE School
offers a complete training center in the art and science of computer
animation for television, film and additional mediums. Participating in
hands-on demo projects, DAVE students gain real-world experience as they
learn to interact with and deliver solutions for world-renowned creative
After meeting DAVE School owner Jeff Schultz at the 2002 MegaCon, CrossGen
VP of Special Projects Brandon Peterson–who penciled, inked, colored and
(with Ron Marz) co-wrote CHIMERA–suggested that the acclaimed mini-series
would offer the students a challenging and rewarding opportunity. After the
project was secured, Peterson then worked extensively with the students on
the film’s production.
“CHIMERA was a very personal project for me, so seeing the characters come
alive was thrilling,” stated Peterson. “The DAVE School did an excellent
job, and everyone who’s seen the trailer has told me how well they captured
the look, feel and story of the mini-series.”
CHIMERA, which will be collected into a graphic novel in November 2003,
tells the story of Sara, a supposedly normal woman hunted through the galaxy
by the insidious Chimeran Empire. As readers soon discover, Sara’s unique
genetic structure not only makes her a target, but it also makes her a
living weapon. The animated feature shows the resulting explosive battle on
the frozen ice-mining planet of Severan as Sara fights a battalion of the
Empire’s armored forces.
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