Turning Some Hollywood Heads

Cyberware Spins Digitizing Effects Into Movie Magic

MONTEREY, CA - March 10, 1993 - Cyberware's innovative digitizing technology has made some heads turn in Hollywood. Take, for example, Meryl Streep's beautiful noggin in Death Becomes Her.

Currently up for an Academy Award in the Special Effects category, ILM took advantage of Cyberware's 3D scanning genius to work miracles: Streep's head appeared to become twisted completely around so the actress seemed to be looking backwards.

For the past decade, the privately held, Monterey, Calif. based firm has forged new frontiers in 3D digitizing technology, allowing users to gain a lifelike visualization of real world objects.

Cyberware manufactures a variety of user-friendly hardware and software products for rapid 3D color scanning. Cyberware products, which are being used by doctors, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, artists and film makers worldwide.

Prior to working their magic for Death Becomes Her, Cyberware digitized Michael Keaton's suit for Batman Returns (Warner Brothers) and scanned the faces of Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Don Stanton, and created the 3D computer models for Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (Stan Winston Studios).

In Death Becomes Her, the special effects team of ILM digitized Streep's face with Cyberware's scanners. Unlike 2D scanners, Cyberware digitizers produce 3-dimensional data which, using Cyberware's special software, can be manipulated to the now-familiar effects.

That information from Streep's head was channeled into a computer as a digitized 3D model. The data was then used to control an automated milling machine that carved out a perfect model of the actress' head.

Using a controlled lattice twisted in the same direction as the neck, allowed for the neck to move freely. As a result, Streep's character was able to get her head on straight by un-knotting her neck.

Next year, Cyberware's work will surely be the stuff Oscar's are made of, as the firm's digitized dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (ILM) become the talk of the town. Or maybe Academy members will be buzzing about Cyberware's ability to make John Malkovich's face reflect the passage of time in In The Line Of Fire (DeGraf Warman)

Who Knows? Maybe a few heads will turn.