|The Gaudi Awards are given every year by the Catalan Cinema Academy in Spain and have a great reputation and public recognition.
The awards gala was held last Monday January 17th at the Arteria Parallel Theater in Barcelona, and received the prize Mr Jose M Aragones, the Visual FX Director of the film, together with the 3D Animation Director, Mr iñaki Lacosta.
This award represents an important recognition to the post-production work at the film, great efforts have been dedicated to integrate the visual effects with the 3D stereoscopic footage. The whole process of the film has been completed in the highest resolution to ensure its final exhibition in all type of theaters, including Large Format and IMAX® theaters.
The Visual Effects supervision has been led by Josep Maria Aragonés, and it has counted with more than 50 postproduction professional that worked well coordinated during all stages of the project, from shooting to post-production. The studios are the post-production facilities at APuntoLaPospo, in Barcelona, and Entropy Studio, in Zaragoza.
Written, directed and produced by Jordi Llompart, Magic Journey to Africa is the first European life action film shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D that combines real images with animation and visual effects. Starring children and animals, all real images have been shot on location in Namibia and South Africa capturing the spirit and beauty of the African landscapes, deserts and savannas.
The film, based on a magic tale in Africa and addressing family audiences, was released in Spain last May 2010, in standard and digital cinemas, and Imax® theaters. Its accumulated box office in Spain reached the figure of 1.105.892 € last December 2010. The film is now on exhibition at the Imax Theater in Barcelona and at the Hemisferic in Valencia, and new openings will come up over 2011.
The Large Format version, available in 15/70mm and digital, will start distribution out of Spain from next month February 2011 when the first opening is scheduled in Holland at Cinemec Theaters.