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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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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.

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Job profiles in design

Published on December 5, 2014, by in Career Guidance, Graphics.

Many a times we have come across aspirants asking us questions like “what is the difference between a creative director and art director?” or “what does a web designer do as opposed to a graphic designer?”. The design industry has followed an exponential growth in the past few decades and an army of talent serves to fuel this industry. That is why we have dedicated this post to the numerous and varied job profiles in the world of design. Creative/ Design Director The Creative/ Design director has The overall responsibility of overseeing the development of graphic/ print/ web design. S/he is the creative head of the design firm or advertising agency. S/he directs the theme and overall tone of the project that is to be carried out.   Art Director The art director sets in motion the overall tone and conceptual direction for the project. The art director communicates the

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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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Major animation festivals around the world – II

Published on November 26, 2014, by in Animation.

Welcome to the second part of our list celebrating the most popular film festivals across the globe. In the prequel to this post, we mentioned some of the largest films festivals along with the biggest animation festival in India – Anifest. In this post we complete the list with some of the recently started but immensely popular animation festivals. Note: The names do not appear in any particular order or ranking Anima Mundi – (http://www.animamundi.com.br/en/) The main aim of Anima Mundi is to bring together a plethora of new ideas and practical workshops supported by talent from across the world. Held each year in the cities of Rio de Janario and Sao Paolo, Anima Mundi is the largest film festival of Brazil. Established in 1993, it holds competitive screenings for international guests with a diversity of animation styles and techniques. London International Animation Festival – (http://www.liaf.org.uk/) Established in 2003, the

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Major animation festivals around the world – I

Animation festivals are fast gaining popularity throughout the world. They offer a platform for artists to present their work and find fame & fortune. In the first part of this two-part edition, we bring you the first five animation film festivals across the globe. Note: The names do not appear in any particular order or ranking.  Anifest India – (www.tasionline.org) We begin the list with our very own animation film festival – Anifest. Although the event features entries from Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United States, Anifest India is a national event. Started recently in 2005, the festival has gained momentum in cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and Delhi. Anifest India 2014 was held in Mumbai from 20-22 August. Source: AnXVision Ottawa International Animation Festival – (animationfestival.ca) The largest animation event in North America began way back in 1976. The Ottawa International Animation Festival holds screening competitions for

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Top 5 book to movie adaptations with stunning visual effects

Published on November 19, 2014, by in Animation, Graphics.

Book to movie adaptations have always garnered great interest in audiences worldwide; mainly because they manage to arouse instant curiosity in those who have already read the book. Over the course of time, book adaptations came to be done by big production houses who could afford the cost of buying the rights among other expenses like big budgets for animation and VFX. In this post we bring you five of the top book to movie adaptations that have taken animation/ VFX to its maximum potential. Apollo 13 Based on the true story – Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 – written by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffery Kluger, this movie is entirely about the special effects. The launch sequence was created with models and computers at Digital Domain Inc. Director Ron Howard gained the permission and assistance of NASA to take shots involving weightlessness onboard NASA’s KC-135 airplane.

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A brief history of digital gaming

Published on November 14, 2014, by in Gaming.

Digital gaming is not a new phenomenon. It has been around since the time of indoor games; only changing its form. Digital gaming has evolved over the years and has become an independent industry with great creative and professional potential. Origins (1940 – 1960) The beginning of video games has its foundations in the attempts of developing artificial intelligence. From the installation of the very first ENIAC computer to the present day powerful microprocessors; video games have always witnessed growth along with developments in hardware and software. This is why it is difficult to pinpoint the very first video game ever created. There is a large possibility that any number of puzzles, arcade and card games and/ or military simulations that have long been forgotten from human memory could be contenders for the first video game. And yet, Nimrod, launched in 1951, is the very first popular, commercially available video

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