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GLOBIX BROADCASTS OSCAR WINNING FILM SHORT ONLINE
Provides End-to-End Production for First Online Broadcast of Academy Award Winner – “Bunny”
New York, New York – March 24, 1999 – Globix Corporation (NASDAQ: GBIX), a leading provider of Internet connectivity and sophisticated Internet-based solutions for large and medium size businesses, provided a one-stop streaming solution to Blue Sky Studios for the online broadcast of “Bunny,” Blue Sky’s sophisticated, animated film short that won an Oscar® on March 21, 1999.
The Globix Streaming Media Group utilized its streaming expertise to produce, encode and broadcast the animated short to online viewers around the world. In addition to the streaming solution, another division of Globix, the Interactive Media Group, developed the Web site interface that interacted with viewers when they logged on to view the broadcast.
The Bunny cybercast was viewed through a link on the Digital Media page of the Globix Web site, http://dmg.globix.com (or through www.blueskystudios.com) and was designed to be easily accessible to online users. It will continue to run until Monday, March 29. (The Globix Digital Media Group has an ongoing relationship with Blue Sky as a supplier of sophisticated hardware and software designed to create animation and digital media production). Utilizing Microsoft Windows Media Technology and Real Media Player, Globix encoded the broadcast to enable users with a range of Internet connection speeds to view the broadcasts with optimal clarity.
Created and produced at Blue Sky Studios, Bunny has achieved a new milestone in animation. The seven-minute short, written and directed by Chris Wedge with music by singer/songwriter Tom Waits, is the first computer-animated film to use radiosity, an advanced computer rendering technique that mimics the most subtle properties of natural light. Since its introduction, the piece has attracted quite a bit of attention. In addition to its recent Academy Award and invitations to play at numerous film festivals, the film also earned top honors at Imagina in Monaco, taking the grand prize in a field that included Antz, What Dreams May Come, and Prince of Egypt. It is scheduled to show at the Film Forum in New York in May and has also been invited to join the 1999 Spike & Mike Festival of Animation, which tours over 50 cities in America and Canada.
Marc H. Bell, President and CEO of Globix said, “Our company’s relationship with Blue Sky – from animation and digital hardware/software supplier to a provider of sophisticated streaming and Web interface solutions – highlights our abilities to provide businesses with a one-stop service for their Internet and high-end technology needs. I’m very glad that Blue Sky Studios was able to take advantage of our multi-service offerings for their incredible film short and I’m equally pleased with their results.”
Chris Wedge, Co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and Writer/Director of Bunny said, "Globix gave us the opportunity to showcase our work to people across the globe, and this has been very exciting for us. Our film was a labor of love, developed to showcase the company’s filmmaking ability and technology. And the response has been overwhelming. People from as far away as Iceland have requested screenings. The Web broadcast offered a great way to reach everyone.”
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