Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists

Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (2000) is the first feature-length computer animation film created exclusively using motion capture.[3] While many animators worked on the project, the human characters were entirely animated using motion capture. It was filmed at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, over a three-month period in 1997. The film was produced by Pentafour Software, now known as Pentamedia Graphics.[3]

Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
Official Poster
Directed byAlan Jacobs
Evan Ricks
Produced bySriram Rajan
Written byJeff Wolverton
Based onSinbad the Sailor from One Thousand and One Nights
Music byChris Desmond
Edited byScott Conrad
Distributed byPhaedra Cinema
Release date
  • 18 February 2000 (2000-02-18)
Running time
82 minutes [1]
United States
Box office$29,245[2]

Along with Pandavas: The Five Warriors (2000), this was one of the first full-length computer-graphics-based features made in India.


Sinbad discovers a mysterious island ruled by King Akron and his daughter, Princess Serena. Serena is on her voyage beyond the "Veil of Mists". She seeks the help of Sinbad and his crew as they set out in search of the magic potion to save King Akron from the evil clutches of the mysterious sorcerer Baraka. Their adventures with deep-sea monsters, pre-historic bats and the fish people in the land beyond the Veil of Mists, fills this action packed adventure film.[4][5]



Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists was billed as "the first full-length animated feature using the 3-D animated motion capture process".[4] The film used different actors for the motion caption of the main characters based on their particular size and body shape, as well as another set of actors for the facial movements.[6] A couple of hundred animators in Madras, India, worked on the animation, as well as a smaller group in Los Angeles.[7]

Produced by Pentamedia Graphics and Improvision Corporation with assistance of Pentafour Software and Madras. It was purchased by Trimark Pictures for television distribution and had a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The motion capture technology was provided by the House of Moves Motion Capture Studios in Los Angeles.

Box officeEdit

The film grossed $29,245 domestically.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SINBAD: BEYOND THE VEIL OF MISTS (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  2. ^ Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ a b Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (3rd ed.). New York: Checkmark Books. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-8160-6600-1.
  4. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists: Synopsis (From All Movie Guide)". MSN Movies. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
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  6. ^ Furniss, Maureen (2007-02-05). "Motion Capture". Media In Transition. Retrieved 1999-12-19. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Reber, Deborah (1 February 1999). "Sinbad Brings Motion Capture Feature Animation into New Terrain". Animation World Magazine. AWN. Retrieved 7 January 2009.

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