- Renaissance (film)
name = Renaissance
Timothy Burrill(co-producer) Aton Soumache(producer) Alexis Vonarb(producer) Bob Weinstein(executive) Harvey Weinstein(executive) Bonnie Radford(executive)
Alexandre de La Patellière Mathieu Delaporte Jean-Bernard Pouy(adaptation) Patrick Raynal(adaptation) Joel Cohen & Alec Sokolow(writers) Michael Phillipson(writer)
Miramax Films( USA) Pathe( France) Onyx Films( France) Millimages( France) France 2( France)
15 March 2006( France) 28 July 2006(UK) 22 September 2006(USA)
runtime = 105 min
country = flagcountry|France
language = English / French
amg_id = 1:347429
imdb_id = 0386741
"Renaissance" is an animated
cyberpunk/ science fictiondetective filmby French director Christian Volckman. It was co-produced in France, United Kingdomand Luxembourgand released on 15 March2006 in France and 28 July2006 in the UK by Miramax Films. Renaissance features a rare visual style in which almost all images are exclusively black and white, with only occasional colour used for detail.
The film cost 14 million € to make over six years. It was funded by Disney with 3 million USD provided from Miramax.
Motion capturewith 40 actors and computer-generated imagerywere used to create the film's distinctive black and white animated visual style. The actors wore black suits with markers dotted along the surface which recorded movement from their limbs, faces and eyes. All acting was performed against a bluescreen in a digital backlot. Once a scene was recorded, computer software was used to build 3D animated models around the motion captured data. The bluescreen was used to create a virtual setting around the models. The black and white effect was added later using lighting.
In Paris in the year 2054, where every deed and gesture is checked and filmed, Ilona Tasuiev, a young scientist envied by all for her beauty and intelligence, is kidnapped. Avalon, the megalithic corporation that Ilona works for, puts pressure on Karas, a controversial policeman specialising in abductions, to find her as quickly as possible. But Karas soon feels a little presence in his wake.
He isn't alone in the quest for Ilona, and his pursuers seem poised to overtake him. Finding Ilona becomes vital: the brilliant young woman is involved in a conspiracy which is bigger than any imaginable. She holds the key to a secret that puts humanity's future in question: The Renaissance Protocol...
The producers used a relatively new form of animation,
motion capture, to create the film's unique look. Filmed entirely against a bluescreen, Renaissance's cast completed entire scenes wearing skin-tight black suits covered in motion sensors that were used to record movements, face direction and even where their eyes were looking.
Computer animators then placed the captured actions into pre-constructed 2D backdrops before adding the characters looks and the film's noir-styled visuals.
In a similar way to
Audiwith its RSQ for "I, Robot", French automaker Citroëndesigned a car specially for the film, imagining what a Citroën might look like in 2054. [ [http://www.citroen.com/CWW/en-US/NEWS/NEWSRELEASES/ArchivesNewsReleases/200606/07032006_CINEMA.htm France: Citroën creates a car for 2054] ]
* Patrick Floersheim — Barthélémy Karas
* Laura Blanc — Bislane Tasuiev
* Virginie Mery — Ilona Tasuiev
* Gabriel Le Doze — Paul Dellenbach
* Marc Cassot — Jonas Muller
Rick Warden— Amiel
* Bruno Choel — Pierre Amiel
* Kevork Malikyan — Nusrat Farfella
* Marc Alfos — Nustra Farfella
* Chris Bearne — Multiple
* Lachele Carl — Nora
* Radica Jovicic —
* Breffni McKenna — Dimitri
Daniel Craig— Barthélémy Karas
Catherine McCormack— Bislane Tasuiev
Romola Garai— Ilona Tasuiev
Jonathan Pryce— Paul Dellenbach
* Jerome Causse — Amiel & Dimitri
Ian Holm— Jonas Muller
* Pax Baldwin — Farfella
* Wayne Forrester — Administrator
* Julian Nest — Parisien
Sean Pertwee— Montoya
* Jessica Reavis — Multiple
Nina Sosanya— Reparez
* Leslie Woodhall — Elderly Man
The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoesreported that 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 65 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/renaissance/ |title=Renaissance Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 57 out of 100, based on 17 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/renaissance |title=Renaissance (2006): Reviews |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher= Metacritic]
Box office performance
The film grossed a total of $1,831,348 worldwide — $70,644 in the United States and $1,760,704 in other territories [cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=renaissance.htm |title=Renaissance (2006) |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher=
Box Office Mojo] — including $1,520,587 in Algeria, France, Monaco, Morocco and Tunisia. [cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=renaissance.htm |title=Renaissance (2006) - International Box Office Results |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher= Box Office Mojo]
* Duration: 105 minutes.
* Black and white (except a few colour details).
* Production: Onyx Films and Millimages, with
France 2Cinéma and Timefirm Limited as co-producers.
* 3D Executive Producer: Marc Miance
* Animation Studio: Attitude Studio
List of animated feature films
List of recent films in black-and-white
* [http://www.renaissance-lefilm.com/ French Official Site]
* [http://video.movies.go.com/renaissance/ US Official Site]
* [http://www.renaissancethemovie.co.uk/ UK Official Site]
* [http://www.siliconera.com/2006/09/19/on-the-big-screen-christian-volkman-director-of-renaissance/ Interview with director Christian Volkman]
* [http://www.darkhorizons.com/news06/volckman.php Interview with director Christian Volkman at Dark Horizons]
* [http://www.firstshowing.net/2006/07/27/interview-with-marc-miance-of-attitude-studios Interview with visual concept artist Marc Miance of Attitude Studios]
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