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Battle for the Best VFX honour at the Oscars 2016

Published on February 25, 2016, by in VFX.

As we approach the Oscar season & we are keeping our fingers crossed for our favourites. But here we take a look at the Best VFX nominees this year, and analyze their chances of winning the coveted trophy. Ex Machina A futuristic sci-fi British psychological thriller, this is about a computer programmer who encounters an artificially intelligent robot named Ava. The robot is designed as a cyborg with a striking human-like appearance but also obvious translucent robotic components. Double Negative, Milk VFX, Plum Animation & Utopia are some of the key visual effects teams that worked on this movie. Source: CGMeetup Oscar hit: On its own, Ex Machina packs a fine punch. The manner in which Ava’s CG rendered body parts are seamlessly blended into the cinematography shots is incredible. Oscar miss: The movie has some amazing VFX but nearly not enough to make it a strong contender especially when

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VFX of The Walk

Published on November 18, 2015, by in VFX.

Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk was a biography of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and was based on the high-wire walk between Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre on August 7, 1974. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, highlight of the film was the believable recreation of the historic walk. Gordon-Levitt trained under Petit, and shot for the climactic wire-walking scenes on a soundstage. But the real magic happened behind the scenes when Atomic Fiction, led by visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie reproduced the final walk for the film. Besides Gordon-Levitt’s training, the VFX process involved lengthy previs, a green screen studio in Montreal, simulcam setups, stunt doubles, face replacements, meticulous replication of 1974 New York and the Towers, innovative cloud rendering, and some neat compositing. High-wire planning The team was sure that they had to create a set of the rooftop of the World Trade Center Towers and the rest would be

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Making of the ‘Red Planet’ for The Martian

Published on October 26, 2015, by in VFX.

Ever thought of farming on Mars? Latest sci-fi blockbuster, The Martian, turned this seemingly bizarre idea into reality. Astronaut & botanist, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets stranded on Mars, and turns his habitat into a space farm, using the only crop he has at hand – potatoes. Despite occasional moments of despair, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is fun & enjoyable, without the emotional heaviness of other popular sci-fi blockbusters like Gravity & Interstellar. Source: 20th Century Fox We are making progress on Mars. However, shooting a whole film on the planet is still a far cry. Therefore, when Andy Weir’s heavily-researched novel, The Martian was chosen for the big screen, NASA offered a helping hand with significant inputs on genuine contemporary technologies. The greatest selling point of the movie is its outstanding visual effects. The combined efforts of visual effects companies – Framestore & MPC – under the guidance of

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Making of the dragons for the Game of Thrones series

Published on July 30, 2015, by in Animation, Gaming, VFX.

The Game of Thrones series is in its fifth season, and continues to have audience glued to the television screens. Besides the storyline & the characters, one of the major attractions of the series are the dragons. From Daenerys Targaryen’s pets to all the dragons in the series, they are a large part of the popularity of the series. But in reality those gigantic, fire breathing creatures are nothing more than tennis balls; until the visual effects  team steps in. It is one thing to create something computer generated & looks completely real when you have a lot of references. It is quite another thing to create a believable character when there is literally no reference available, except in other fictional accounts. In this post we tell you how Pixomondo, the visual effects company that worked on the Games of Thrones series, made the dragons come alive. Pixomondo, a Germany-based

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Inside Out: unknown facts

Published on June 29, 2015, by in Animation, Graphics, VFX.

Did you catch Pixar’s latest release, Inside Out, this weekend? Are you already trying to figure out the emotions inside your head? The story & characters of Inside Out have taken people by surprise around the world. We bring you a few behind-the-scene facts of the film. Source: Disney UK Psst! Read till the end for a surprise. Fact #1 – Story The movie is based on an idea director Pete Doctor had after he saw his own daughter, Ellie go through mood swings while growing up. He thought, “What’s going on in her head?”Added to this was his observation about the various quirky things that people do. Fact #2 – Research Neuroscientists were consulted to make the film’s setting of an 11 year old girl’s brain believable. The team also interviewed child psychologists & psychiatrists, spent months designing & re-designing set elements, and even swapped out a key character.

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Five movies that could not have been made without VFX

Published on June 1, 2015, by in Career Guidance, VFX.

Visual effects form an integral part of production process of any movie today. Whether it is a cutting edge science fiction, or a simple romantic comedy, the art of visual effects are put to use in all movies. But sometimes the work is so good that it is almost impossible to make out the difference. A good VFX work creates the illusion that the movie was shot in reality. But it is actually the effort of the visual effects team that brings the film to life. Today we look at top five Bollywood hits that may never have been made if visual effects had not been invented. Chennai Express SRK’s hit romantic comedy has nothing to do with the Indian Railways but everything to do with the Red Chillies VFX team. It is easy to assume that the production was filled with outdoor shoots, with repeated sequences in trains. But

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Top 5 Bollywood films that have used VFX effectively

Published on April 29, 2015, by in VFX.

We mostly associate visual effects with big bomb blasts, plane crashes & superhero films. Taking a step ahead, we often believe that only Hollywood uses visual effects, with Bollywood rarely following the trend with movies like Ra. One. But what we don’t know is that most Bollywood films today use special effects to achieve believable scenes & thrills. On an average, a big budget Bollywood film uses anywhere between 500 to 1500 VFX shots. In this post we will go behind the scenes of a few popular movies that have used VFX extensively. Dhoom 3 A bigger surprise than Aamir Khan’s double-role in this Yash Raj thriller was the fact that almost all the action scenes were shot with extensive help from the visual effects department. From Aamir running down the bank wall to Abhishek Bachchan twirling an auto rickshaw in mid-air, VFX was employed to shoot all the thrilling

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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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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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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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