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Exodus: Gods and Kings – VFX breakdown

The biblical story of Moses & his journey to Mount Sinai, where he receives the Ten Commandments, has long been an inspiration for story tellers. The latest in the line of interpreters is Ridley Scott with his Exodus: Gods and Kings. Although the film ran into controversies before release due to the liberties taken by Scott & Christian Bale (in the role of Moses), the grand visual spectacle was enough to silence critiques once the movie released. Striking special effects & cinematography were utilised to tell the fascinating story of Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) & leads the Hebrews to Mount Sinai. In this blog we take you behind the scenes & bring you a VFX breakdown of the grand spectacle. Parting of the Red Sea For those who have seen the previous versions of the story, the parting of the Red Sea

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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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Top 14 VFX use in films of 2014

Published on December 12, 2014, by in VFX.

VFX, sound effects & technological enhancements have become an integral part of film making. With every passing success, directors are becoming more bold & experimental in using these techniques to bring their imagination to screen. As the year comes to a close, we take a look at 2014’s best VFX use in both Hollywood & Bollywood. Captain America: The Winter Soldier The movie starts from where The Avengers ended. Captain America teams up with other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to uncover a series of plots & conspiracies to fight the enemies. And the VFX team lived up to the expectations. The movie used more than 2500 VFX shots. This work was broken down between a host of VFX houses such as ILM, Scanline, Trixter, Rise & Luma. Digital doubles were also used in order to build detailed images. Photo shoots & digital scans were done with the lead actors in full

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Job profiles in VFX

Published on December 3, 2014, by in VFX.

Do you find yourself saying “that’s a cool special effect” while watching a movie, TV show or commercial? If yes, then the VFX team has not done their job well. The best visual effects are the ones that cannot be separated from the live action shot. Wide networks of people are involved in creating spellbinding visual effects. In this post, we will discuss some of the job profiles in the visual effects industry. VFX director The VFX director has the overall responsibility to manage the project schedule. The VFX director will monitor the activities of the production team over the entire duration of the project. They will take into account the expenses, employee management and the marketing of the project. Roto artists If you’ve ever tried to crop and put the head of a celebrity on someone else’s body, you will understand the job of a roto artist. They are

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Movies that led to the creation of new techniques in the special effects industry

Published on November 28, 2014, by in Graphics, VFX.

Movies have always tested the limits of technology and pushed boundaries to discover new technologies. Every year, big production houses pour in millions of dollars to explore the latest developments that technology has to offer, especially in the field of animation and VFX. But some of these movies not only explore new techniques, they bring about a paradigm shift in the way special effects are handled in the industry on the whole. This brings about a buzz of activity in the industry as the new technology is refined by subsequent production teams and is finally brought into the mainstream. In this post, we celebrate five such movies that have single-handedly brought about a change in the special effects industry. Tron: Legacy Even though the new CGI technology was used only during the first twenty minutes, Tron was one of the first movies ever to make use of digital animation with

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Top advertising campaigns that used animation & VFX in India

Published on November 7, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Technology has been a boon to mankind. It has helped in many facets of life; be it communication, science or civil. One such area that is benefitting the most from technological advancements is none other than the advertising industry. With the development of animation & VFX technologies; television commercials in India are utilising it to deliver the message and advertise to the maximum capacity. Let’s take a look at the top five television commercials in India, which have used the combination of animation and VFX effectively. Vodafone ZooZoo Campaign Source: Vadafone ZooZoo The ZooZoos took the nation by storm when they were launched in 2009 by Vodafone. The Vodafone ZooZoo campaign is one of the most successful commercial campaigns in Indian television history. Contrary to popular belief, the ZooZoos were not animated characters. They were real humans wearing costumes. So what’s unique about these ads? Although special suits were made

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Lucrative life in animation and VFX industry

Published on November 5, 2014, by in Animation, Gaming, VFX.

Animation is bringing inanimate objects and images to life for the purpose of providing wholesome entertainment. The global animation and VFX industry is estimated to reach 55.9 billion by 2015*. This means that people are beginning to appreciate the efforts put in by animators and production houses to create entertaining movies. Production houses like Walt Disney Productions, Pixar Ltd, Warner Bros and DreamWorks Animation, etc have pumped in millions to make these movies as they see a potential in the market. Movies like Gravity, Troy, World War Z, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series etc and television series like Games of Thrones, Walking Dead and many others have made effective use of VFX to make believable scenes and characters, resulting in awards and accolades. This emphasises the importance of technology to make a successful product. So what does the combination the animation and VFX industry provide enthusiasts and aspiring

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10 things to remember when joining the animation/VFX industry

Committing your career to any industry is probably one of the biggest decisions that you will make in your life. In this post, we bring you 10 important things to consider before deciding to join the animation & VFX industry. #1: Computer operation is not a talent Never confuse your ability to operate computers with your ability to deliver creative content. What matters is not how you run software but what you bring to the computer. After all, the computer is a machine that is at your disposal. #2: Build your portfolio What is the right time to start building your portfolio? Well, if you wish to get into the animation industry, the correct answer is yesterday. So, stop waiting & get creating. #3: Arrange your portfolio Remember that teachers or employers may not always get time to see all your works. This is why it’s necessary to spend some

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10 common misconceptions about visual effects

Published on October 10, 2014, by in VFX.

We are already in the tenth month of the calendar year. So we thought it would be fun to list top 10 for various things that would help you know the industry better and build a successful career. Let’s start with breaking a few misconceptions. Ever since Steven Spielberg released his chair-clenching thriller, Jaws, in 1975, visual effects have constituted a significant amount of the budget of practically every movie released. Although visual effects are here to stay, many misconceptions continue to exist that deter producers from entering the arena. Here are 10 common myths that make rounds about visual effects. #1 Visual effects is animation Even though a lot of progress has been made, people continue to believe that animation and visual effects are the same thing. This is highly inaccurate. Visual effects are the special effects applied to live cinematography, while animation refers to creating the illusion of

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Top 10 special effects in Hollywood

Published on October 1, 2014, by in VFX.

Ever wondered what production teams did before the advent of computer generated imagery? Even today, a lot of sequences that we assume to be the work of computer animators are actually created by a dedicated team of special effects artists who specialise in creating masks, body suits and prosthetics. In this post, we have drawn up a list of the top ten special effects done in Hollywood without the help of computer graphics. These are the genius of some talented individuals.  Jaws (1975) Director Steven Spielberg overshot the budget on this one because of his insistence that the sharks be shot at sea instead of in a tank. Art director Joe Alves headed a 40-person unit to create three prop sharks. They were named ‘Bruce’, after Spielberg’s lawyer. The ability of Jaws to scare the living daylights out of audiences even today puts the movie in the list for the

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