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The Top Ten Games of All Times

Published on July 31, 2014, by in Gaming.

Gaming  is the new in-thing for people of all ages. Be it on your laptop or your smartphone, games are the most addictive element. But gaming has a strong history where generations have grown up playing some of the most memorable games of our generation. Here is our list of the top ten games of our times. Pac-Man When Namco released Pac-Man in the year 1980, no one would have imagined that it would go on to sell more than seven million copies worldwide and become the bestselling video game up until that time. The game used a modest 4KB ROM cartridge, chosen for its lower manufacturing costs, which required a simple Zilog Z80 CPU microprocessor.     Super Mario   Super Mario Bros. is a cross-platform video game developed by Nintendo. The game has been called the greatest game of all time, as it aided in resurrecting a near-dead

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Game of Thrones – VFX breakdown

Published on July 30, 2014, by in VFX.

Television production is experiencing a flurry of excitement nowadays. There’s a new kid on the block in the neighborhood of TV shows. It has combined creativity and imagination to weave a permanent web in the hearts of millions of viewers. With 19 Emmy nominations in 2014, Game of Thrones (GoT), now in its fourth season, has emerged as a leader in prime time networks across the globe. Based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series, elaborate mythological characters and breathtaking plot sequences constantly grasp the attention of the viewers. But the reason for GoT’s popularity lies in its command over the visual and special effects aspect of the show. In this post, we present the complete VFX breakdown of all the seasons of GoT. Video description: Game of Thrones Season 1 official trailer Season 1 The mainstay of the popularity of GoT is that the studio

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Kochadaiiyaan – a landmark in Indian Animation & VFX

Published on July 24, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Last May, the Indian VFX industry witnessed a milestone in special effects history with the release of Kochadaiiyaan. A Rajnikanth, Tamil, historic fiction thriller, and already being called the first Tamil animated film, Kochadaiiyaan comes packed with a number of notable breakthroughs in VFX technology. Video description: Trailer of Kochadaiiyaan The tech behind Kochadaiiyaan Soundarya Ashwin, director of the film & Rejnikanth’s daughter, went all out to shoot the entire movie in 3D motion capture, the same technology which was used to film the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster, Avatar. Motion capture technology involves recording actions of actors, and using that information to animate digital character models in 2D or 3D computer animation. Two hundred technicians gathered to complete the project in a record time of two years, which would have taken five years in a Hollywood studio. The studio worked with a modest budget of Rs. 125 crores when their

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Ten animation developments that make How to Train Your Dragon 2 better than How to Train Your Dragon

Published on July 23, 2014, by in Animation.

When How to Train Your Dragon 2 (HTTYD2) hit the theaters last month, its realistic animation shocked & awed worldwide audience across various age groups. Stunning visual arts, powerful emotional scenes and a plethora of innovative digital technology combined to create an experience that was the result of decades of research. Here is why the technology of HTTYD 2 surpassed that of its predecessor in more ways than one. Video description: First 5 minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 (1)   The DreamWorks-HP partnership DreamWorks Animation partnered with its technology associate, HP, to develop the billion-color HP DreamColor Display, enabling artists to view accurate color for visual technologies such as ultra-wide color gamut and 4K input. (2)   Intel Inside The studio collaborated with Intel to create a suite of software applications called Apollo that allowed them to add greater details to their characters. (3)   From EMO to PrEMO DreamWorks

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Making a Career out of Designing Games

Published on July 17, 2014, by in Gaming.

Gaming is the latest trend. Everyone is always engaged by a game, either on their smartphones or on their laptops or on a gaming console. But for serious enthusiast it is more than just a past time. Gaming and game designing is the latest career trend. Game designing is the process of creating an elaborate set of rules & mechanism in an animated environment, which ensures smooth facilitation between player(s) and server. It can be used for the purpose of entertaining and educating. Game designing has become a source of career opportunity for everyone involved in animation. There are various fields in which specialization can be done. They are broadly classified into three categories – game designers, game artists and game programmers. Game designers A game designer is usually responsible for creating a character, story world setting, story, script, dialogue etc. They work with a team of people who develop

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Evolution of Indian animation

Published on July 4, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Animation means creating a set of images in a pattern that amplifies our imagination and takes us on a magical journey. These images can be drawn, painted or crafted using any means of artistic methods available. Amongst the big names of Pixar & Disney, it is a little known fact that the Indian animation industry is one of the oldest animation industries in the world. History Some little know facts about the Indian animation industry: Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian Cinema, is also the first Indian animator. In 1914, he made an animation film about the growth of a peapod into a plant through stop-motion animation. In 1956, Clair Weeks, a Disney Studios animator was invited by the Films Division of India to set up & train animators for the first ever Indian animation studios. The first Indian animated film was The Banyan Deer in 1957. Veteran animators Bhimsain &

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Futuristic Visions for VFX

Published on July 2, 2014, by in VFX.

Making an animated movie requires dedication and commitment. Animators go through the rigorous process of visualisation, storyboarding, sound effects, light effects, character modelling etc to create the final film. Each of these areas is critically important. But the one area that has taken the film and animation industry by storm over the last 10 years is visual effects, commonly known as VFX. What is VFX? VFX is the process of creating visually-enhanced imagery with the help of computer graphics. It is used when the animator chooses to depict something that cannot be shot in a live environment and has to be simulated in a virtual world. For e.g. movies dealing with natural disasters like Twister or creating an outer space environment, as in Gravity. Techniques used in VFX VFX, like animation, is a broad term. There are different techniques of creating visual effects. One or a combination of these techniques

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Gravity – a gold mine of VFX

Published on June 3, 2014, by in VFX.

Film makers have always strived to push the limits of creative possibilities. Alfonso Cuaron’s VFX wonder, Gravity emphasises not only the advancement of technology but also the extent of imagination that a film maker can bring alive on screen. Dominating the nominations at this year’s Oscars & winning the award in seven categories, Gravity became a landmark in VFX development & story telling. Visualising the film The concept for Gravity was a difficult but not impossible. Cuaron was sure of his story & worked as per his imagination to create a stunning output that impressed the audience & the critics. Framestore Visual Effects Studio Framestore was the team behind the stunning visuals & computer graphics in the movie. They developed all the technology necessary to make the movie possible. Almost 90% of the movie was made by computer graphics. To the average audience the scenes would look amazing but to

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Animated Oscar is Frozen

Published on June 3, 2014, by in Animation.

Walt Disney Animation Studios, a renowned name in the world of animation, won an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category in 1939 for ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’. Since then it has won more Oscars in the same category but for Disney-Pixar productions like Brave & Ratatouille. After 75 years Disney repeated its win this year with its musical masterpiece, Frozen. What was so special about the movie? How was it able to evoke tremendous response from the audience & make huge profits? Here are a few things that made the movie a smashing hit. Plot As opposed to the regular Disney stories, this one is based on not one but two princesses – Elsa & Anna. It is not the traditional boy-meets-girl fairytale. Instead it is about the relationship between two sisters & their battle to stay loyal to each other, even when Prince Charming comes along.

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Storyboarding: Enhancing Artistic Vision

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Animation.

Making an animation feature is fun. But it requires a lot of planning & hard work. Storyboarding is the first & the most important step of this process. A storyboard is an organized series of drawings that detail the story & other important aspects like sound effects, music score, lighting & special effects. With the right training, you can build a career as a storyboard artist in production houses, television channels, ad agencies, website & gaming studios & others. Why is storyboarding so special Storyboard is an organised portrayal of the story through graphic drawings & pictures. It is a series of black & white or coloured artwork or sequence of images which depict motion, action in a scene & the landscape of the story. When required, you can also add dialogues within the framework to ensure that the scene can be designed as imagined by the story teller/animator. Storyboarding

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