Thursday, December 13, 2007

"The Giving Chest - 12 Days of Christmas Sale"

This Year's Charitable Cause - The Road Home

The Road Home provides support and shelter to men and women from all walks of life and from many geographic locations. Their mission is to move people seamlessly from the cold streets into warm housing, from despair and alienation towards hope and inclusion.

DAZ 3D will donate half of all proceeds on items included in the
"The Giving Chest - 12 Days of Christmas Sale" to this charity.

Check Daily through Christmas Eve for Additional One Day Sales!

Produced by DAZ Productions and written by the company's president, Dan Farr, 'Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest' is a beautifully illustrated and inspirational Christmas story about the joy of giving. Dick Van Dyke portrays Mr. Finnegan, a kind-hearted toymaker who helps a young girl understand the true meaning of Christmas. 'Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest' is available now through DAZ Productions' website.

Throughout the process, DAZ Productions used DAZ|Studio to create all the illustrations for the book. Based on early pencil sketches, initial scenes were laid out in DAZ|Studio with content gathered from DAZ Productions' online store -- a virtual shopping mall of 3D models and accessories. These initial composites were then improved in DAZ|Studio's real-time environment, where lighting, cameras, poses and other elements were continuously refined. With assistance from NVIDIA, DAZ Productions used OpenGL to interact with the large scenes in real time and produce many of its test renders in a matter of only seconds, saving them a substantial amount of production time. Final renders were produced using 3Delight, DAZ|Studio's software renderer option.