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Top 5 VFX films of 2016

Published on December 13, 2016, by in Filmmaking, VFX.

VFX is here, there, and everywhere. There are hardly any movies today that do not use visual effects, at least, in parts. This year too we had our share of VFX treat. We look at the top five VFX films of 2016 that made a lasting impact. The Jungle Book Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book has already made it to the top five of Oscar’s predicted nominations list for the Best Visual Effects category. And at the risk of sounding biased, we confess that we are already rooting for it to win. But this should come as no surprise as the movie has pushed all technological limits. We, for one, were mildly spooked watching Kaa (the python) in 3D, and how real she looked. Be it in English or Hindi, we just can’t get enough of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan, and King Louie. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find

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VFX breakdown of Doctor Strange

Published on November 18, 2016, by in Filmmaking, VFX.

While we wait for Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch steals our hearts as the unfriendly and egoistical neurosurgeon, Dr. Strange. Of course, this marvel wonder could not have been strange without visual effects. Read on, as we bring you the VFX breakdown of Doctor Strange. The story Eminent neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange lives a normal life until he meets with a car accident and loses the use of his hands. He then goes on a quest to find a cure, landing in the mystical realms of the Marvel universe, complete with bad guys. Special effects Vicon Motion Capture Technology and UK-based studio, Framestore were pivotal for creating the breath-taking visual effects for the film. Stephane Ceretti was the production VFX supervisor on the sets. Some of the major sequences that would have been impossible without VFX were: Mandlebrotting & Kaleidoscopic background elements Astral form Magical energy shields with revolving sparks Mirror

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How visual effects in horror films helped Hollywood

Published on November 9, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

Horror films and VFX go hand-in-hand. Since the early days of film, right from Méliès to the latest Saw movie, visual effects have always been an important part of bringing stitched together exhumed corpses, and the undead chewing down on a man’s interior to the big screen. So following the Halloween season, we thought of taking a look at the evolution of visual effects in horror films. Early films Before technical advancements in visual effects, and software, there was magician-turned-filmmaker, Georges Méliès. Méliès is credited with making the first-ever horror and vampire movie in 1896 – The Haunted Castle. Definitely no match for current visual effects in Hollywood, the movie made effective use of the diesel and steam innovations, of course, assisted by the magician’s own tools of illusion & sleight of hand. And thus was established the long-running link between horror and VFX. The living dead Vampires have rules

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Why should you watch Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them?

Published on October 25, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

Even before Chetan Bhagat took credit for making people read again, there was another author who had started the process with a lot of success (and good writing). J.K Rowling, and her Harry Potter series, encouraged an entire generation of people to start reading. So it is only obvious that when her writing is adapted for the big screen, we make a beeline. Come November, and we will be counting days for the release of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, a prequel to Harry Potter, and an adaptation of her book by the same name. Here’s why we are looking forward to this movie. The story Based on Rowling’s book by the same name, it was first mentioned as a part of Harry Potter’s course books in his first year at Hogwarts. With popular demand, Rowling wrote the book in a school text book style, and released it

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VFX breakdown of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Published on October 20, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

If you like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, Sweenie Todd & Frankenweenie, you must have loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is a classic Tim Burton movie in his characteristic Goth-fantasy style. Although his star performer, Johnny Depp is missing from the cast, his distinct style is evident throughout the film. We take you through the VFX breakdown of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The story Based on American author, Ransom Riggs’ debut novel of the same name, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a boy who, after a family tragedy, discovers a part of earth he never knew existed. He picks up on clues that lead him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. All the children living in that orphanage have unique abilities. The right place The movie was filmed in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Florida, USA. Burton wanted the

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VFX breakdown of Mirzya

Published on October 17, 2016, by in Filmmaking, VFX.

Mirzya opened last week to mixed reviews. But one thing that no one could deny was the sheer brilliance of the VFX & production design team. The movie recreated the legend of Mirza-Sahiban, and each frame was pure delight to watch. We look at the VFX breakdown of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s new adventure. The story Mirzya is an epic love story set in Rajasthan. As mentioned, it is inspired by the legend of Mirza-Sahiban, a tale of two lovers, played out in two timelines – real & mythical. Their trials & tribulations form the crux of the story. Ideation Mehra got one of the best VFX teams to shoot this fantastical love story. He worked hard for three years, along with the actors, to create this film. The actors did their part too as they were rigorously trained in horse riding, mounted archery, and polo. The team The best from

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5 VFX tricks used in the Game of Thrones series

Published on October 6, 2016, by in Animation, VFX.

George R.R. Martin (author of A Game of Thrones book series) possibly never imagined that his work will capture popular imagination to this extent. The television adaptation gained major TRP because of its visual effects. From magnificent landscapes & legendary creatures to epic scenes & larger-than-life fights (think Jon Snow and the White Walker); all have been created with such attention to detail that you wouldn’t know what is real and what isn’t. We list five VFX tricks used in the Game of Thrones series. The backdrops Though a large part of the world’s most popular series is shot in a studio in Belfast, and elsewhere on location in Croatia, Malta, Northern Ireland, Iceland & Morocco, there are still parts that are shot/ modified with the help of a green screen. For example, the boat rowing scene was originally shot against a green screen but the final result showed it

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VFX breakdown of Battle of the Bastards (Emmy-winning episode of Game of Thrones)

Published on September 27, 2016, by in Animation, VFX.

Game of Thrones (GoT) recently created history with 23 nominations and 12 wins at the Emmy Awards. Besides winning in the most popular categories, it also won for Outstanding Visual Effects, its fifth consecutive win in this category. So how did it happen this year? We bring you the VFX breakdown of Battle of the Bastards. The episode GoT season 6 episode, Battle of the Bastards, will remain one of the most talked-about episodes in the series. The battle was a showdown between the armies of Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton over control of the North. The 22 minute battle was supposed to be gritty and impulsive, giving a real sense of the chaos of men and horses fighting in the mud. The episode also required bringing together a lot of previous narrative threads together in a single, high-impact collision, and this required a huge effort and special effect team behind

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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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