Zero VFX creates the punches, blows and blood for ‘Southpaw’
5:00 pm PDT 27/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

VFX is not just about creating things larger than life but it’s also about giving out the minute detailing and effects that enhance the final output of the film. Visual effects assist to make the film more effective but at the same time have to keep it realistic. And there is always a slight margin between maintaining the reality of the scenes and making it artificial, with heavy VFX. This margin was well maintained in the sports drama feature Southpaw, … Read More

Drishyam Films
Post-production studio, Drishyam VFX debuts with ‘Fitoor’
10:00 am PDT 14/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Production house Drishyam Films has launched its post-production studio named Drishyam VFX. Drishyam Films have been known to produce films like Ankhon Dekhi, Dhanak, X and Masaan which have provided a unique approach to the mainstream Indian cinema. And now with the VFX wing, definitely we can hope to witness a unique display on screen with innovations and visual creativity. The work of Drishyam VFX can be well seen in their first venture Fitoor. A production of UTV Motion Pictures, … Read More

Visual Effects, the key to creating Baahubali’s bull and Revenant’s bear
4:00 pm PDT 09/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

What may seem like a ferocious animal to the naked eye might just be a prop dangling around. The heavy use of VFX and CGI has led to creation of crucial scenes by using simple props. So be it a bull in Baahubali: The Beginning or a bear in The Revenant, anything can be created digitally without even causing a scratch to the actor. SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali is still the talking point as far as creation of various spectacular sequences … Read More

‘Miruthan’ the first Tamil Zombie film highlights prosthetics and VFX
12:00 pm PDT 07/01/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

South has been the source and summit of VFX, and yet another project has emerged with a new phase of prosthetics and imagery. Miruthan, known to be by far the first Tamil Zombie film, focuses on a unique concept in terms of script and visual effects to bring alive the characters. Directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan who has been a predominant face in Tamil cinema because of his recent Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014), this film has experimented the concept of zombies … Read More

Dennis Muren to receive lifetime achievement award at Paris Images Digital
2:00 pm PDT 30/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Dennis Muren, a visual effects veteran is set to receive lifetime achievement at Paris Images Digital Summit which will be held between 28 and 30 January. Muren is best celebrated for his Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and George Lucas which reshaped Hollywood: Star Wars saga, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Super 8 (2011). When George Lucas started Industrial Light & Magic in 1976, he hired Muren to … Read More

Cinesite reveals Marvel’s Ant-Man VFX Breakdown
11:00 am PDT 29/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Cinesite, the London based visual effects and feature animation studio has released a VFX breakdown, showcasing the work created by its artist on Ant-Man – Yellow Jacket fight by the swimming pool. The official website reads, “One of the most challenging shots involved the creation of a fully CG Yellow Jacket emerging from the water.” The film is also shortlisted for the ‘Best Visual Effects’ honour at the 88th Oscars which will be held on 28 February 2016, where it … Read More

Oscars reveals top 10 nominations for Best Visual Effects
5:00 pm PDT 22/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Best Visual Effects film in the Oscar race will now witness 10 films that have advanced to the short-listing round for the 88th Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the following films: Ant-Man Avengers: Age of Ultron Ex Machina Jurassic World Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens Tomorrowland The Walk Well, in the above films, there seems to be a tough competition between Ant-Man, The Martian and … Read More

Doctor Who
axisVFX delivers the stunning visuals for Doctor Who Christmas Special episode
4:00 pm PDT 15/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

axisVFX, the VFX studio based in Bristol and Glasgow revealed how it created the visual effects for BBC’s flagship Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who. The 120 shots were delivered by Axis’s two UK studios, and the team was led by Hewlett and fellow VFX supervisor Stuart Aitken who worked closely with director Douglas Mackinnon and producer Nikki Wilson to create the bold and seamless visual effects required, from alien planets and giant robots to galactic star-liners. The team completed … Read More

VFX experts raise $6 million for virtual reality streaming startup
6:00 pm PDT 14/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Pixvana, a Seattle-based virtual reality technology startup, announced a $6 million investment led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, and angel investors. It’s developing a cloud-based technology platform aimed at improving VR and augmented reality applications. The company is led by CEO Forest Key, a Lucasfilm alum whose product management background includes Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Flash; CTO and creative director Scott Squires, a three-time VFX Oscar nominee (Dragonheart, The Mask, and Star Wars: Episode I -The Phantom Menace) and Sci-Tech … Read More

x men
X-Men: Apocalypse trailer reveals extensive destruction delivered by MPC and RSP  
3:00 pm PDT 12/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The franchise that has devastated the audience with the basic war of ‘Good vs Evil’ at a phenomenal supernatural level altogether, the X-Men, is back with a new fight.  The upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse revealed its first trailer on 11 December, 2015. Directed by Bryan Singer, who is also the mastermind behind X-Men, X2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, this film is based on the X-Men characters form the classic Marvel Comics. In fact, this film introduces the antagonist … Read More

20 VFX contenders advance in Oscar race
12:00 pm PDT 09/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Academy has announced 20 films that will advance to the short-listing round in the Best Visual Effects Oscar race for the 88th Academy Awards. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: • Ant-Man • Avengers: Age of Ultron • Bridge of Spies • Chappie • Everest • Ex Machina • Furious Seven • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 • In the Heart of the Sea • Jupiter Ascending • Jurassic World • Mad Max: Fury Road … Read More

Endhiran 2 ropes in International prosthetics expert Sean Foot
3:00 pm PDT 04/12/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Rajinikanth’s upcoming VFX giant Endhiran 2 (Enthiran 2) has roped in prolific prosthetics expert, Sean Foot, to create a new Rajinikanth altogether. Sean Foot will supervise a special make-up test for Rajinikanth from 5-7 December at Chennai. Having started his career under the aegis of New Zealand-based special effects powerhouse Weta Workshop, Sean is best known for his extensive work in the Lord of the Rings series which earned him accolades for his incredible work on prosthetic creation which were … Read More