Tom Cruise wants ‘Top Gun’ sequel to have practical effects and minimal use of CGI
11:00 am PDT 28/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Tom Cruise is game to reprise his suave and smoking hot role in the ‘Top Gun’ sequel, but only “if there’s no CGI on the jets” and if the film has more practical effects instead. “If I can figure it out, if all of us can figure it out, it’d be fun to do. I’d like to fly those jets again, but we got to do all the jets practical, no CGI,” Cruise, who starred as Maverick in the 1986 … Read More

RC Kamalakannan handling visual effects for Illayathalapathy Vijay’s ‘Puli’
5:00 pm PDT 23/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Puli is an upcoming Indian Tamil action-adventure fantasy film written and directed by Chimbu Deven, featuring Illayathalapathy Vijay in a dual role alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sudeep, Prabhu, Sridevi, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani and Nandita. Produced by Vijay’s public relations officer Selvakumar, the project has music composed by Devi Sri Prasad, Natarajan Subramaniam as cinematographer and has T Muthuraj as Production Designer. After beginning pre-production works in early 2013, the film began its shoot in November 2014. The film is set to be released on 17 September 2015. The teaser of the movie which was unveiled on 21 June, 2015 has … Read More

Post and VFX House Cognition, a new debutant in Hollywood
11:00 am PDT 23/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Cognition, a new hybrid post production facility, visual effects studio and creative campus, has made its Hollywood debut. The company is led by writer/producer Brian Pope and features an experienced management team that includes veteran colorist Dave Hollingsworth (The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, The Adventures of Tintin) and former Digital Domain VP and creative consultant Jeff Barnes. The shop currently offers high resolution colour grading and editorial finishing with SGO’s Mistika platform, as well as visual effects supervision and production. … Read More

Learn how Shade VFX enabled ‘Daredevil’ to clean up Hell’s Kitchen
5:00 pm PDT 22/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel’s Daredevil has been praised by audience and critics alike and with several Emmy nominations to boast of which include Main Title design, Sound Editing and Visual Effects, it was only going to take studios who have been behind the successful series to show what went into making ‘Man with no Fear’ behind the scenes. To celebrate Emmy nomination, Shade VFX which has primarily worked on the series released a VFX breakdown for the fight scene between Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie … Read More

Mumbai-based Prana Studios delivers 800 VFX shots for ‘Game of Thrones’
6:00 pm PDT 15/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Game of Thrones really upped its visual effects game this past year. The Massacre at Hardhome alone probably had as many effects as the entire first season of the show, and Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons were bigger, badder, and more visually complicated than they’d ever been before. According to a few reports, an Indian VFX studio, a subsidiary of Los Angeles based animation company Prana Studios, was told to create those creatures that were to look “realistic and engaging”. Prana Studios had … Read More

Sony Pictures Imageworks finds a new home in British Columbia
5:00 pm PDT 09/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Imageworks has now opened up its global headquarters in British Columbia (B.C). The 74,000-square foot building opened up in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, becoming the city’s largest visual effects and digital character animation studio. Imageworks is Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’s Academy Award-wining visual effects and animation unit, and this company is well known for live-action visual effects and dynamic character animation. Imageworks was founded over 20 years ago and has worked on productions like the Spider-Man franchise, Disney’s Alice in … Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ VFX breakdown reveals the chilling truth behind the ‘Battle of Hardhone’
5:00 pm PDT 08/07/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Game of Thrones Season 5 has been one of the most watched television series with over 20 million people. The visual effects team behind the epic saga has been doing amazing work in the background and has been achieving success across the 5 seasons winning awards for the television series year after year. El Rachito, one of the Spanish VFX studios working on the George R.R Martin saga has released the VFX breakdown of “Hardhorne” sequence where the 998th Lord … Read More

VFX facilities Cinesite and Image Engine merge businesses for survival and growth
3:00 pm PDT 06/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX firms have had a tough time managing work, especially when the work from the production house is distributed among many houses. Studios like Rhythm and Hues – which worked on the Oscar winning Life of Pie – and many more went bankrupt due to insufficient funds. As a result, one of the ways in which VFX houses are now looking at surviving in the rat race is to merge businesses of the two or more firms to work with … Read More

Here’s how MPC carved a digitalized younger Arnold in ‘Terminator – Genisys’
12:00 pm PDT 04/07/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The year 2015 in Hollywood hasn’t shied away in pulling off some of the most daring stints with the digital technology at the film-makers disposal. Earlier this year, we marveled at WETA Digital’s incredible work in re-creating a digitalized Paul Walker for Furious 7 to complete the actor’s shots even as Paul Walker’s untimely demise in 2014 shocked us all. Starring the 67year-old, Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic android T-800 avatar in Terminator – Genisys, Hollywood just seems to push … Read More

‘Baahubali’ and ‘Jurassic World’ share a few VFX artists in common
8:00 pm PDT 30/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’ is one of the most awaited movies of the year and also holds the accolade of being the most expensive movie from Indian cinema ever. With the trailer garnering over a crore views in just a week’s time, the movie already has fans going gaga over it. The special effects in the movie are amazing and match the level of any Hollywood film. But, there is one thing common between the recently released ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Baahubali’ … Read More

Legacy Effects unveils the making of the animatronic Apatosaurus in Jurassic World
2:00 pm PDT 20/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Universal Studios’ magnum opus Sci-fi adventure flick, Jurassic World, the fourth installment of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park franchise is smashing all box office records, swooping past Marvel’s Avengers (2012) with a $511 plus opening weekend.  Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the dino-adventure tent-pole has already surpassed critics and analysts’ expectation and amassed nearly $600 million in its first week world-wide.  Read the review how Jurassic World brings back the lost world of the dinosaurs. Apart from Chris Pratt’s … Read More

Autodesk tools help Fido unleash action-packed VFX for ‘Kung Fury”’
9:00 am PDT 15/06/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Following a successful Cannes Film Festival premiere, David Sandberg’s 80s-inspired film “Kung Fury” made its highly anticipated online debut earlier in the month. Kickstarter-funded by 17,000 backers, the 30-minute film follows a Miami-based kung fu cop as he time travels from the 80s to the 40s on a mission to take out Adolf Hitler – a plotline augmented by 399 over-the-top VFX shots delivered by a 46-person crew at Scandinavian VFX house Fido. Using Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and digital sculpting solutions, Fido created … Read More