|There is much excitement this Christmas at DAZ3D. Dan Farr,
Chris Creek and Chad Smith took time to sit and chat with us about
Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest.
I remember a short animation at DAZ3D for The Dick Van Dyke Show, there was also a short blurb/TV interview you did with a local station. Is this how the book idea got started? Dan Farr: Right, it was for The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (TV 2004), and if you look behind Dick Van Dyke you can see the DAZ3D Calendar sitting opened behind him. Everything started long before that time. In 1999, we approached Dick Van Dyke about an idea for a Christmas project using 3D graphics. Not many people know this, but Dick Van Dyke is a 3D graphics and animation enthusiast. Ever since he played the role of Bert in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. And he's one of the nicest men I know. Guess where he was on Thanksgiving? (laughing) I have no idea, where was he? Dan Farr: He was helping feed the homeless at a local mission. Many people don't know it but that's the kind of man he is. The story is based on Dick Van Dyke's character Mr. Finnegan? Dan Farr: Yes! So, it was important that Mr. Finnegan look as much like Dick Van Dyke as possible. He was kind enough to send some photo's from when he played Bert in Mary Poppins, some were one of a kind originals too. He has been so helpful throughout this entire project. We also arranged a photo-shoot on the set of Diagnosis Murder where we photographed Dick making various facial expressions and phonemes, so we could later recreate these shapes on the 3D computer model. That was a lot of fun. Then Chris went to work. Chris Creek : Originally, I sculpted the head out of clay. Then, I made a life size model of the head.
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Merry Christmas creators! I love when somebody have this kind of enthusiasm for their projects, and it is great to see that you finished this long term commitment project and still want to do more! I wish you a lot of great times in future creation process and more great books for our children (and for everybody that feel that way sometimes)! Merry Christmas to interviewer as well, great pick! Oh, one more thing: Merry Christmas to us all!:)