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Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA


Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA
Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. Read More

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Colorist Mark Todd Osborne Navigates a Child's Fantasy
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Content Insider #458 - NAB Beauty
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