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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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How to choose an animation school

Published on May 20, 2015, by in Animation, Career Guidance.

The animation industry today is one of the most promising job providers. Creative individuals are always working hard to make a mark in this industry. And it is not so difficult. Along with hard work & talent, all you need is the right training from a reputed institute. There are a plethora of institutes that offer animation courses, starting from short term courses to full time diplomas & degrees. But what to look for when selecting an animation institute? Which institute is right for you? In this post, we will tell you the top five criteria for selecting an animation institute. Criteria #1: Know what to look for Before you join a course, it is important to know what the institute offers. It is a no-brainer that you must have visualisation skills to make it in this business. But will the institute help you hone your skills? Or will they

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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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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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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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