Facebook Gplus YouTube RSS
formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

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).

(More)…

formats

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

(More)…

formats

Top games of 2014

Published on December 10, 2014, by in Gaming.

Gaming is no longer just a hobby or mode of relaxation. It is a specialised field of career that gives creative people the opportunity to earn through their passion. Easy access to the internet has made computer & mobile gaming interesting & challenging. In this post we take a look at top games that ruled 2014.  Most of guys prefer to play games on their gaming laptops. So, we have decided to listed top games of 2014. FIFA 15 (PC game) Recently launched & developed by EA Sports, this is one of the best multiplayer online games that has lived up to expectations. Its new feature of real-life player reaction has made it a hit with gamers. The commentary has been tuned to be authentic & teams can adjust tactics midway as per the match situation. All in all, it makes you feel as if you are on the field.

(More)…

credit
© Copyright 2016 Aptech Ltd. All rights reserved