Free, Registration-Only Service is Targeted at Production Studios, Advertising & Marketing Agencies and Other Creators of Innovative Visual Programming
LOS ANGELES, CA — June 24, 2009 — Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., the leading platform for consumer projection of self into digital life, today announced the opening of Big Stage Studio, a free and easy-to-use online training and support environment for content creators looking to develop and publish original programming to BigStage.com. Users can then insert their animated 3-D likeness, called an @ctor, and share the personalized result via email and social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
To become a Big Stage Studio partner, register for approval at BigStageStudio.com. Upon acceptance, partners are granted full access to educational videos depicting how to Big Stage-enable content. Users of leading 3-D graphics and animation tools can quickly learn the steps necessary to mask and motion-track the facial images in stills and video. Big Stage’s @ctor technology can then seamlessly map the animated, 3-D facial models it creates for consumers into the action.
“Big Stage Studio is our initial response to the demand from studios, agencies and other content sources to @ctor enable their material for widespread distribution over the social web.” said Jonathan Strietzel, Big Stage co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “The process is straightforward for digital artists using high-end graphics tools like Maya and Photoshop. In the future, we’ll make it truly simple for average consumers to visit BigStage.com and @ctor-enable their own photos or videos for free.”
“The tutorial videos on Big Stage Studio make the process easy and clear,” said Venna Pratap, COO, AniThing Studios. “We love how easy it is to prepare exciting content for consumers to insert themselves into to provide a truly immersive entertainment experience.”
About BigStage.com. On BigStage.com, anyone can easily create a sophisticated, animated, 3-D model of their face called an @ctor by uploading one to three photos taken with a digital camera. @ctors can be customized with accessories and then inserted into a growing selection of movie scenes, TV clips, music videos, virtual worlds, social networks, still images, video games, advertisements and more to share with friends, family and colleagues.
About Big Stage Entertainment, Inc. Big Stage Entertainment, Inc. is a media technology company that enables the projection of self into digital life. With Big Stage Entertainment products and services, consumers can create a photorealistic, 3-D, animated @ctor to represent themselves in virtual worlds, video games, video clips and online communities. Through its PortableYou program, Big Stage Entertainment enables third parties to seamlessly integrate its 3-D facial modeling system into video games, virtual worlds, virtual character conversations, Web sites, mobile apps, kiosk-based systems and more to personalize everything from entertainment to communications. At BigStage.com, anyone can generate a free, animated 3-D @ctor from a few digital photos and save it to use in any Big Stage-enabled media. Headquartered in Sherman Oaks, CA, Big Stage Entertainment investors include Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and Tech Coast Angels. For more information, please visit BigStage.biz.
Legal Disclaimer: @ctor, Big Stage Blabber for Skype, Big Stage Studio, BackStage, iStage and PortableYou are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Stage Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.