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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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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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How to Shoot a Miniature Effect

Published on June 19, 2013, by in VFX.

Miniature is a very common term in the process of visual-effects film making. In the process of miniature shoot the real life object is duplicated to a smaller size. The concept of miniature has been used in many Bollywood and Hollywood films like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Cliffhanger, Terminator, Batman Begins, Ra-One and many more. Shooting miniatures is a very creative and interesting process. One needs to understand perspective, size, scale and proportion. There are a lot of visual effect courses that help you understand the basic and core elementsto help you enhance your visual effect skills. It’s not just a simple or small-size toy or model, which is used in miniature shoots. In fact, the details have to be more precise in the miniature sets/models, so that it should not look like a toy after the shoot. How We Shot a Miniature Effect? Inspired by old documentaries on miniatures,

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A realistic approach to build your career in the animation industry

Published on October 30, 2012, by in Animation.

India’s animation industry has immense potential to grow and it is estimated to grow to USD 2.9 billion by 2015 from the present USD 1.8 billion, according to NASSCOM. With this growth in demand, it is very important to supply the same quality and quantity of professionals to the industry. There are about 300+ animation and 40+ VFX companies in India and the numbers are growing. But the question is: Are we really building talent to meet industry standards? Here are some points which will help you understand where you stand and what you still need to achieve: Money v/s Passion: Though we all work with the intention of earning money, before getting into this field, please figure out your passion quotient. Do not let the opportunities decide what you want/ need to do; let your internal passion and talent decide what you will do in this industry. Timeframe: If

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Does budget matter in film making

Published on September 28, 2012, by in Animation.

Movies can transport viewers to distant or imaginary places, where they can be transformed by great storytelling. Whenever we watch a film, we call it a hit or a flop based on its entertainment value. But the most critical factor on which these two terms depend is the budget and the profit earned by the film.  Films can therefore be categorized into low budget or big budget flicks. Every film maker wants to show his creativity to the audience on a 70 mm screen, but the bigger objective is profits, After all, this is a business and business means getting good returns on your investment. A high budget film like Titanic, Jurassic Park, Avatar, The Avengers etc not only entertained viewers, but also generated good returns at the box office because of its story, content, star cast, etc. But some big budget films didn’t do well despite great marketing like

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History of Special Effects in cinema

Published on August 22, 2012, by in VFX.

While talking about visual effects used in movies, I always love to remember Star Wars (1977) – Into the trench, Start Trek (1982), The Birds (1963), King Kong, Aliens (1986), Terminator 3, Jurassic Park, Independence Day & 2012 because of exceptionally convincing, heart stopping, ground breaking  special effects incorporated in these films. However, while searching the internet about top ten special effects shots, I found only Hollywood Blockbusters and not a single Bollywood or Tollywood movie in that list. Hollywood Special effects & VFX industry has completed their 100 years. Also, Bollywood celebrates its glorious 100 year-stint. I would like to throw some light on interesting facts about the history of VFX in cinema. The journey of Special effects started in the year 1880 (thanks to the phenomenon of persistence of vision by British physician Peter Mark Roget), where films used visual magic to produce illusions & trick effects to

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VFX in Films

Published on August 17, 2012, by in VFX.

It was a revolution when the world’s first film was released. It was amazing to see a moving sequence on a screen. It started with a few frames proceeded by a few seconds, then minutes and now we enjoy hours worth of content on the small & big screen alike. Change is the law of nature and this applies to the film industry as well. Earlier movies were mute, monochromatic films. Later, we had the ‘talkies’ with the introduction of sound. After a few years, coloured films were released to enhance the entertainment value. But there is one more factor which has revolutionized the way we look at films and that is Special Effects /Visual Effects. Visual effects (VFX) in today’s movies not only create breath-taking scenes, but also bring down production costs since many scenes/shots are  produced with VFX. It was not an easy task earlier to create Special

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Creativity in the Animation Industry

Published on August 2, 2012, by in Animation.

Have you have ever combined red and green colour to get yellow? Do you see various shapes in a crumpled paper ball? Do you love making small figures, idols and shapes out of wet sand or clay? Do you dream of capturing the whole world with your camera? If all the above interest you, you are in the right industry. Welcome to the world of animation-the world of creativity.Creativity is nothing but one’s passion to do things differently. Sometimes, it is real fun to think out of the box and create something new, something different. The Animation sector is one of the fastest growing industries, says NASSCOM, which has projected the Indian Animation industry to reach $1.16 billion in revenues by 2012. According to another report by PWC, the animation, VFX and gaming industries continue to grow at a steady CAGR of 21.4% to touch INR 82.6 billion in 2015

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