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VFX breakdown of creation of Paul Walker for Furious 7

Published on April 15, 2015, by in Animation, VFX.

Last week, the Fast & Furious franchise released its latest installation – Furious 7. Much awaited by industry and fans alike, the film faced its biggest challenge when its lead actor, Paul Walker died in a car accident. But the makers made turned this film into homage to Walker & his performance in the previous editions of the franchise. In this post we take a look at the cutting edge visual effects techniques that made it possible to keep Paul Walker’s character in the movie while still giving him a proper send off. Paul Walker had only about completed half the scenes for the movie when his untimely demise left the producers in a problem. They were forced to delay the release of the movie so that they could construct the story around what they had already shot. In order to bring back Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker’s character), the filmmakers

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2D v/s 3D animation

Published on March 30, 2015, by in Animation.

There are quite a few animation styles practiced today. It is almost like the animator’s signature style. We associate Disney with 2D animation, whereas Pixar is known for 3D animation. Further ahead, Aardman Animations is always associated with clay animation, and Laika Entertainment is known for stop-motion animation. However, the most common forms used are 2D and 3D animation, both with their own pros and cons. A production team must determine the purpose, and the look & feel of the project before deciding on the course of action to take. In this post, we will discuss the merits and demerits of 2D and 3D animation, so that next time you know which method suits your story better. Source: Bloop Animation   2D animation  This is the oldest form of animation, and is still preferred by traditional animators around the world. With the evolution of animation, this form comes with its

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VFX Breakdown of Interstellar

Published on March 18, 2015, by in Animation, VFX.

Compared to previous Christopher Nolan films, Interstellar didn’t garner much interest amongst the movie-going audience. However, no one could deny the impact of the spectacular images. And this led to the Best Visual Effects Category award at the Oscars. The film was appreciated for its depiction of space and related phenomena. What very few people know is that many of the space visuals, including the centerpiece black hole, are the most accurate depictions of such occurrences ever shown in a film. This post celebrates the outstanding visual effects depicted in this Oscar winning film. Source: Interstellar Movie From the very beginning, director Christopher Nolan & writer Jonathan Nolan wanted to explore real scientific possibilities when they sat down to script Interstellar. A black hole, by definition, is an area of the space-time continuum where gravity prevents anything from escaping, including light. The makers of the movie decided that they would

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Five benefits of telling a good story

Even before man learnt to draw on cave walls, oral storytelling had formed an integral part of cultures across the globe. Indigenous cultures worldwide, over a span of hundreds of years, developed unique stories to teach religion, morality, and life lessons to younger generations. With the advent of technology (print, audio-visual, internet) stories began to be passed on in a recorded format. As a result, stories that made their way into popular culture spread like wildfire & local stories got buried in the past. However, more and more writers & filmmakers are moving back to local folklore. Instead of depending on the countless remakes of Cinderella & Superman, they are telling stories that are closer to their culture. Here are the top five benefits of telling stories that you are familiar with: #1: Birth of new ideas Telling local stories gives rise to new & creative ideas. There are many

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Oscar nominations in the VFX category – 2015

Published on February 20, 2015, by in Animation, Graphics, VFX.

The Oscars are just around the corner & we thought this would be the right time to take a look at the Best Visual Effects nominees for the year. This year the Oscars will witness a literal clash of the titans. So let’s take a look at the nominations this year & why or why not could they take the coveted honour home. Guardians of the Galaxy The latest instalment from Marvel Universe, 90% of the shots in Guardians of the Galaxy was special effects. Moving Picture Company, Luma Pictures, Framestore, and Method Studios came together to create the mind blowing visual effects for the film. Source: Marvel Entertainment Oscar hit: The first nomination from Marvel Entertainment this year, the film has a strong story line & CG characters working in its favour. But will these be enough to clinch Marvel its first Oscar? We will soon find out. Oscar

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Big Six

Published on December 22, 2014, by in Animation, Graphics, VFX.

Hollywood has long been ruled by the studio system. The studio system includes a selected number of ‘major’ studios who engage in film production & distribution. They release a substantial number of films every year & earn a major share of box office revenues. With significant changes marking the turning points in Hollywood, the frontrunners become the ‘big’ studios. The current ‘Big Six’ came into being from 1990 to 1995, when Hollywood became more of a conglomerate than a mere film production & distribution unit. The ‘Big Six’ collectively command approximately 80 – 85 percent of US & Canadian box office revenue. These ‘Big Six’ are: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures & Walt Disney Pictures. Of these, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures were part of the original ‘Big Five’ who operated during the Golden Age of Hollywood (late 1920s to mid-1940s).

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Major animation festivals around the world – II

Published on November 26, 2014, by in Animation.

Welcome to the second part of our list celebrating the most popular film festivals across the globe. In the prequel to this post, we mentioned some of the largest films festivals along with the biggest animation festival in India – Anifest. In this post we complete the list with some of the recently started but immensely popular animation festivals. Note: The names do not appear in any particular order or ranking Anima Mundi – (http://www.animamundi.com.br/en/) The main aim of Anima Mundi is to bring together a plethora of new ideas and practical workshops supported by talent from across the world. Held each year in the cities of Rio de Janario and Sao Paolo, Anima Mundi is the largest film festival of Brazil. Established in 1993, it holds competitive screenings for international guests with a diversity of animation styles and techniques. London International Animation Festival – (http://www.liaf.org.uk/) Established in 2003, the

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Major animation festivals around the world – I

Animation festivals are fast gaining popularity throughout the world. They offer a platform for artists to present their work and find fame & fortune. In the first part of this two-part edition, we bring you the first five animation film festivals across the globe. Note: The names do not appear in any particular order or ranking.  Anifest India – (www.tasionline.org) We begin the list with our very own animation film festival – Anifest. Although the event features entries from Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United States, Anifest India is a national event. Started recently in 2005, the festival has gained momentum in cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and Delhi. Anifest India 2014 was held in Mumbai from 20-22 August. Source: AnXVision Ottawa International Animation Festival – (animationfestival.ca) The largest animation event in North America began way back in 1976. The Ottawa International Animation Festival holds screening competitions for

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Top 5 book to movie adaptations with stunning visual effects

Published on November 19, 2014, by in Animation, Graphics.

Book to movie adaptations have always garnered great interest in audiences worldwide; mainly because they manage to arouse instant curiosity in those who have already read the book. Over the course of time, book adaptations came to be done by big production houses who could afford the cost of buying the rights among other expenses like big budgets for animation and VFX. In this post we bring you five of the top book to movie adaptations that have taken animation/ VFX to its maximum potential. Apollo 13 Based on the true story – Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 – written by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffery Kluger, this movie is entirely about the special effects. The launch sequence was created with models and computers at Digital Domain Inc. Director Ron Howard gained the permission and assistance of NASA to take shots involving weightlessness onboard NASA’s KC-135 airplane.

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The art of writing stories

Writing is an art respected by many around the world. This skill ensures that people are always connected and it provides relief to may souls from hectic lives. Best stories are the ones that connect with people. This applies to both books and movies. Like every profession in the world, even writing has some basic guidelines. These guidelines are even more important when speaking of animation films as the acting does not depend on real people, but animated characters. Here are a few guidelines that would help you write a good story. Ideas are important A good story always starts with an idea. If you have an idea, it will only come to fruition once you write it down. Keeping it in your mind will make you smile, however others won’t know of its brilliance. So it is always a good idea to write down your idea. Discipline & patience

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