Grzegorz Jonkarjty's 'Ark'
The 'Ark' is nothing short of a breathtaking, multimedia explosion of excellence oozing with rich details. The opening shots of the film are a matte painting, the last shot was entirely 3D, and the remainder of the film was primarily CG combined with miniatures. He filmed the miniatures with a Nikon D70 with a motion control rig and used CG with stop motion to produce his final, stylized effect. I couldn't believe that this took him two and a half years to make despite the fact that he was working on other high profile movies (Sin City, Pan's Labyrinth)
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