Odyssey Productions

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Animation Trip
Type Private
Industry Photography and 3-D Computer Animation
Founded San Diego California, United States (1985 (1985))
Founder(s) Steven Churchill, Adrian Turcotte
Headquarters San Diego California, U.S.
Key people Steven Churchill
Products Mind's Eye (series)
Website AnimationTrip.com

Odyssey Productions (formerly Odyssey Visual Design) is the former name of a California-based photography and 3-D computer animation company founded in 1983 by Steven Churchill in partnership with Adrian Turcotte.[1] It was the first San Diego company to produce 3-D computer animation and its clients have included Coca Cola, General Dynamics, Union Oil, Southwestern Cable, Metrocast, Honda, and a number of TV stations across the country.[2]

While Odyssey focused primarily on 35mm back-lit motion graphics and special effects for the first 5 years of its existence, its award-winning release of the world's first[2] home entertainment video of computer animation, State Of the Art Of Computer Animation in 1988 brought about a shift in focus to 3D computer animation. The accolades and sales successes achieved by State Of the Art Of Computer Animation prompted the 1990 release of The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey, a title that would become the first member of the successful The Mind's Eye series. The next decade (1990–2000) would be taken up almost entirely with the production of 19 feature-length 3-D computer animated package films for home release.

The company's name became Odyssey Productions in 1995 and the last 12 3D computer animated films were released under this name. In 2003 the company again changed its name to AnimationTrip and broadened its focus to encompass photography to a greater extent. Under this new corporate name, the company added a business enterprise in 2004 focused primarily on photographic art and has launched a series of international art exhibitions in California called the Art of Photography Show and the Art of Digital Show.

The Mind's Eye series[edit]

Main article: Mind's Eye (series)

The Mind's Eye series consists of several package art films rendered using computer-generated imagery of varying levels of sophistication. The main series consists of 4 titles that were released between 1990 and 1996. The series was released on VHS (by BMG) and LaserDisc (by Image Entertainment[3]) and later re-released on DVD (by the now-defunct Simitar Entertainment).

A number of Odyssey's videos additionally contain oblique references to the Mind's Eye series in their titles. These references are found in the tagline portions of the title and take the form of either "From the Makers of the Mind's Eye" or "The Mind's Eye Presents." If these titles are considered a part of the series, this brings the total number of Mind's Eye series titles to 11.

The main series consists of:

  • The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey (1990)
  • Beyond the Mind's Eye (1992)
  • The Gate to the Mind's Eye (1994)
  • Odyssey Into The Mind's Eye (1996)

The Computer Animation series[edit]

Like the Mind's Eye series, the Computer Animation series consists of a main series of 3 computer-generated package films. The main Computer Animation series was released between 1993 and 1996 and was distributed by Sony Music Video.[4] The 1997 release of Computer Animation Classics - consisting of 27 shorts from early experimental years of CGI animation - was regarded by reviewers as a collector's item of historical significance.[5]

As before, a number of Odyssey's videos contain oblique references to the Computer Animation series in their titles. If these titles are considered a part of the series, this puts the total number of Computer Animation series titles at 11. This includes both State Of the Art Of Computer Animation (1988) and The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey (1990) which were produced prior to Computer Animation Festival Volume 1.0, the first member of the Computer Animation main series.

The main series consists of:

  • Computer Animation Festival Volume 1.0 (1993)
  • Computer Animation Festival Volume 2.0 (1994)
  • Computer Animation Festival Volume 3.0 (1996)

Released Films[edit]

Odyssey has produced the following 20 titles since its founding in 1982.

Odyssey Visual Design[edit]

  • 1988 - State Of the Art Of Computer Animation
  • 1990 - The Mind's Eye: A Computer Animation Odyssey
  • 1992 - Beyond the Mind's Eye
  • 1993 - Virtual Nature: A Computer Generated Visual Odyssey From the Makers of the Mind's Eye
  • 1993 - Computer Animation Festival Volume 1.0
  • 1994 - The Gate to the Mind's Eye
  • 1994 - Imaginaria (co-produced with BMG Video)
  • 1994 - Computer Animation Festival Volume 2.0

Odyssey Productions[edit]

  • 1996 - Odyssey Into The Mind's Eye (distributed by Sony Music Video)[4] - A series of CGI shorts exploring themes of space and alien life. The collection features a score composed by Kerry Livgren[4]
  • 1996 - Computer Animation Festival Volume 3.0
  • 1997 - Turbulence (distributed by SMV)[5] - A series of CGI shorts designed to explore the concepts of perception and hallucination.[5]
  • 1997 - Cyberscape: A Computer Animation Vision 45 minutes entirely created and co-produced by award winning computer animator Beny Tchaicovsky, a surrealistic, fantastical "recreation" of the milestones of human history, spanning from primordial proto-humans to the idiosyncrasies of modern living. Music score by Peter Bernstein.
  • 1997 - The Mind's Eye Presents Computer Animation Classics (distributed by SMV)[5] - A collection of 27 shorts from the early experimental days of CGI.[5]
  • 1997 - The Mind's Eye Presents Computer Animation Showcase
  • 1998 - The Mind's Eye Presents Luminous Visions
  • 1998 - The Mind's Eye Presents Computer Animation Celebration
  • 1998 - The Mind's Eye Presents Ancient Alien (distributed by SMV)[6] - A series of CGI shorts dealing with the concept of the timeless nature of myth. The soundtrack is scored by indie label Waveform Records.[6]
  • 1999 - Computer Animation Marvels
  • 2000 - The Mind's Eye Presents Little Byte!
  • 2000 - Computer Animation Extravaganza
  • 2004 - Computer Animation Journeys

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collier, Nancy. A Personal Job-Seeking Odyssey. ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics. Volume 31. Issue 2. May 1997
  2. ^ a b Steven Churchill's Homepage
  3. ^ Business Wire. "Image Entertainment Signs Exclusive Agreement With Odyssey Productions for DVD and VHS Release of State-of-the-Art Computer Animation Programs". Aug 18, 1999.
  4. ^ a b c Olson, Catherine Applefeld. Reviews & Previews: Home Video. Billboard. Pg. 87. 27 July 1996.
  5. ^ a b c d e Olson, Catherine Applefeld. Reviews & Previews: Home Video. Billboard. Pg. 67. 12 April 1997.
  6. ^ a b Olson, Catherine Applefeld. Reviews & Previews: Home Video. Billboard. Pg. 26. 23 May 1998.

External links[edit]

The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye at the Internet Movie Database
The Mind's Eye at AllMovie
The Mind's Eye is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
Beyond the Mind's Eye
Beyond the Mind's Eye at the Internet Movie Database
Beyond the Mind's Eye at AllMovie
Beyond the Mind's Eye is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
The Gate to the Mind's Eye
The Gate to the Mind's Eye at the Internet Movie Database
The Gate to the Mind's Eye at AllMovie
The Gate to the Mind's Eye is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye
Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye at the Internet Movie Database
Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye at AllMovie
Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
Luminous Visions
Luminous Visions at the Internet Movie Database
Luminous Visions at AllMovie
Ancient Alien
Ancient Alien at the Internet Movie Database
Ancient Alien at AllMovie