'Error' in judgment: Dubai weighs CGI

9:39 AM PST 12/16/2008 by Liza Foreman, AP

Xpanse looking for financing for 'Xero Error'

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DUBAI -- Dubai is about to get its first CGI film, fresh from the Houston animation scene.

Doing the rounds here Tuesday was the Dubai-based production company Xpanse, here raising the remaining financing for its $600,000 sci-fi thriller "Xero Error."

The story centers on a cyborg on a spiritual journey who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and winds up in a cyber-terrorist scandal.

The film is being put together by Xpanse CEO Ashraf Ghori, an Indian-born, Dubai-raised animator who studied graphic design at University of Houston.

The film is set to go into production in January and is aiming for completion in the third quarter. The title represents the first film for Xpanse, whose focus thus far has been on animation work for commercials and in the field of architecture.

The company plans to make a 15-minute version of the film, which it hopes to show at the sixth Dubai International Film Festival, and a 26-minute version to sell to television.

"This is the first CGI film from the United Arab Emirates," Ghori said Tuesday. "We would like to do a longer version, but the costs is enormous. Still, we are very excited to be embarking on this project."
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