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How Star Trek created visual effects history

Published on July 28, 2016, by in VFX.

Star Trek remains one of the most popular television & movie franchise till date. Generations have grown up watching this intergalactic science fiction. Besides the story, performances, and iconic characters, its popularity is largely due to its mind-blowing special effects. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that Star Trek created visual effects history. With the release of Star Trek Beyond this week, we thought of taking a look at how this popular series created VFX history in #ThrowbackThursday. Source: Paramount Pictures Models & glitter It goes without saying that the 1960s was not very technologically advanced. However, that did not stop writers & production studios from imagining big. Even at this point there were ideas of special effects. But this was the period of miniatures, matte paintings on glass & optical compositing on real film. And it all began with Star Trek: The Original Series. The number

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Roald Dahl: Book to movie adaptations

Published on July 26, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

In the long line of book to movie adaptations, Disney’s The BFG releases this Friday. And we can’t wait to watch it. The movie is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s fiction of the same name. But this is not the first time that Dahl’s work will entertain us on the big screen. In fact, when it comes to children’s movies, Dahl has always been a favourite. Before the release of The BFG, we take a look at five popular children’s movies adapted from Dahl’s books. Matilda One of the most loved children story, Matilda is the story of a child genius, Matilda Wormwood. At the age of one & a half, she speaks like an adult. By the age of three, she has already taught herself to read. But unfortunately, her parents don’t understand her gift, and consider her older brother Michael a much more worthy child. She eventually discovers

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Voice-over actors in Bollywood

Published on July 21, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

From Jack Black as Kung Fu Panda to Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Hollywood has a long tradition of popular voice-over actors for animated/ VFX films. But Bollywood is not far behind. Here are the top 10 voice-over actors in Bollywood. Shahrukh Khan – The Incredibles When Pixar’s The Incredibles was dubbed into Hindi as Hum Hain Lajawaab, who else could play the lead role but our very own King Khan? Shahrukh Khan gave his voice to the character of Mr. Lajawaab (Mr. Incredible). But he was not alone. His son, Aryan became the voice of Tez (Dash), Mr. Lajawaab’s son. Hear the fun. Source: Kinna S Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan – Roadside Romeo The royal couple of Bollywood made animation cool when they lent their voice to Roadside Romeo. Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan were Romeo & Laila, respectively, and worked on the lines of

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Disney: Animation to live-action

Published on July 20, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

It all started with Alice in the Wonderland. Then there was Maleficent, and Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. Of course, now we are waiting for Beauty & the Beast. Yes, we are talking about the Disney live-action movies that are an adaptation of their own animated films. Let’s take a look at 10 upcoming movies that Disney is turning into a live-action adventure. #1 Tink Introduced to movie audiences in Peter Pan (1953), Tinker Bell is Disney’s unofficial mascot. She is present not only in its multimedia advertising, but also in its theme parks. She also has her own series of successful direct-to-video animated films. Now she is ready to hit the big screen once again, this time in live-action. A little bird, or may be a little fairy, told us that the movie will star (and be produced by) Reese Witherspoon. Of course, it goes without saying that we

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How to create the best villains: Guidelines by Andreas Deja

Published on July 15, 2016, by in Animation.

Character animator Andreas Deja has been responsible for a lot of memorable characters, from King Triton in The Little Mermaid to Lilo in Lilo & Stitch. But he is most remembered for his villains. Deja has to his credit three of the most popular animated villains of animation history – Gaston (Beauty & the Beast), Jafar (Aladdin), and Scar (The Lion King). In this blog post, we take you through Deja’s process of work, and how he created these immortal characters. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) As per Deja, Gaston remains his most difficult villain. The character was originally designed as a wig-wearing goof. But it was not realistic. Deja went back to the drawing board, and started drawing a human but a little cartoony. He soon discovered that this approach too was the wrong one. The team wanted the character to be handsome, in complete contrast to the Beast.

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Beauty & the Beast

Published on July 15, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Emma Watson recently updated her Facebook profile with the latest poster of Beauty & the Beast. Since we have to wait till March, 2017 to experience the classic tale on the big screen, we thought we’d take a trip down the memory lane. Here are eight things that you did not know about Disney’s animated Beauty & the Beast. # The opening scene Every fan of the animated Beauty & the Beast remembers the opening of the movie – a beautiful cell animation stained glass. When deciding on the opening of the film, the filmmakers wanted to give a different spin to the storybook opening. The stained glass opening not only captures the timeless feeling of “Once upon a time…”, it also sets the tone for the rest of the movie. # The prologue The filmmakers possibly believed in ‘first impression is the last impression’. So they wanted to make

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Superheroes

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Graphics.

Superheroes are a huge part of our fantasy. They are the reason we still believe good defeats evil. Superheroes have always provided us with icons. We look at top 10 superheroes who continue to be our inspiration. Batman We have to begin with the caped crusader. Created by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics (series published by DC Comics) in 1939. Within a year the character became so popular that in 1940 he got his own independent title. Over the years Batman has been adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television & films. What makes him special: A large part of his popularity is because he has no special powers, and relies on his scientific knowledge & martial art skills. Even his secret identity, Bruce Wayne, the billionaire, and owner of Wayne Enterprises, is involved with various charities &

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Birth of Mickey Mouse

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Animation.

Mickey Mouse is one of the oldest & the most popular animated characters around the world. In fact, in 1978, he became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So where did it all begin? In Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the beginning of one of the world’s most loved characters. Mickey’s story actually starts with a rabbit. Before Disney Studio became the biggest name in the global animation industry, it was Disney Brothers Studio, a part of the Universal Pictures’ animation wing. In 1927, Walt Disney created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit. The round, white face, big button nose and floppy black ears were an instant hit, and Universal produced a series of shorts. In 1928, when Disney met Universal executives to negotiate another contract, he was informed that the studio had hired all of his employees and retained the rights

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