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By April 8, 2009Newswires

The Interview: `Monsters` Animator Phil `Captain 3D` McNally

by Michael Cavna

The leap from studying furniture design in London to becoming an animator on a multimillion-dollar 3-D film in Hollywood can sound like a doozy. But PHIL McNALLY, a Northern Ireland native who legally adopted the middle name "Captain 3D" even before coming to America, makes the progression seem just as natural as his fluidly animated figures.

McNally is the stereoscopic supervisor (more on that later) on DreamWorks`s box office-topping film "Monsters vs. Aliens," which features state-of-the-art animation that the studio touts by the name "intru3D." This during a year in which Hollywood plans to release more than a dozen 3-D films. But McNally came to animating a 50-foot-tall woman (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) after years of using stereo photography on objects.

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