‘Interstellar’ grosses $621 million plus at the worldwide box office
1:00 pm PDT 16/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

BENGALURU:  Paramount Pictures (Paramount) and Warner Bros Pictures’ (WB) critically acclaimed film Interstellar has surpassed $ 621 million (about Rs 3900 crore) at the worldwide box office to date says Viacom. Further, the movie has surpassed $100 million (about Rs 620 crore) in Imax Theatres worldwide since its release on 5 November, marking the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the $100 million threshold. The VFX work for the movie was delivered by Double Negative. Continuing the legacy begun by Nolan and his use of the 15 perf 65mm Imax … Read More

I&B Ministry paints the AVCGI red this Christmas
5:30 pm PDT 11/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Stakeholders wanting to invest in the National Centre of Excellence in Animation, Gaming and Visual Effects have been requested to submit proposals based on which a detailed project report would be prepared for further action. Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources told AnimationXpress.com that the Centre is to be set up under the 12th Plan scheme. The Planning Commission has given in-principle approval to the project. The objective of the scheme is to impart quality education and to ensure availability of … Read More

WB releases ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ fresh images; VFX by WETA Digital
11:30 am PDT 03/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. has revealed a new set of images from the upcoming Tolkien epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Out 17 December, the film will be Peter Jackson’s final chapter in his lush three-part adaptation of the fantasy literature classic. The final installment revolves around hobbit Bilbo Baggins and the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield – who having reclaimed the underground realm of Erebor from the dragon Smaug, who sacrifices his honor in his search for the Arkenstone – despite … Read More

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ VFX delivered by Industrial Light & Magic
3:15 pm PDT 01/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It was 88 seconds of Force-fueled nostalgia as Disney and Lucasfilm released the first look at footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a teaser trailer. The trailer was screened on Friday in 30 select cinemas across the US. At the same time, it premiered online in Apple’s iTunes store and later made waves on video streaming sites like YouTube. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including … Read More

‘Jurassic World’ trailer crosses 21.5 mn views in a day on YouTube; VFX legend Phil Tippett recreates magic
12:00 pm PDT 27/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, ‘Jurassic World’. Colin Trevorrow helms the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on 12 June, 2015 globally. And even if you don’t know Phil Tippett by name, you certainly know his work. He was hired by George Lucas to work … Read More

MPC reveals ‘Godzilla’ VFX Breakdown in a 4 minute clip
11:30 am PDT 27/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

A new video from the Moving Picture Company (MPC) showcases the digital effects created for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ 2014 creature reboot. MPC was the lead VFX studio bringing the iconic title creature to life in Godzilla, which opened worldwide 16 May, 2014. The team was led by MPC Vancouver VFX Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (Academy Award winner for Life of Pi) and VFX Producer Philip Greenlow. An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. … Read More

And the winners of The Foundry’s ‘Nuker of the Year’ are…
10:30 am PDT 25/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The results are out for the ‘Nuker of the Year’ contest which was running for over three weeks from 8 October to 5 November. The jury consisted of renowned names from the VFX industry namely: Jordan Thistlewood – Head of Creative Specialist at The Foundry; Amit Sharma – Head of Compositing at MPC Bangalore and Kyle McCulloch – Visual Effects Supervisor at Framestore. AnimationXpress.com had a chat with the winners of all the three categories, namely ‘Nuker Team of the Year’, … Read More

Prime Focus Q1-2015 revenue up 78%, loss widens to Rs 22 crore because of global integration process
11:00 am PDT 22/11/2014 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU: Prime Focus Limited (PFL) reported 78.3 per cent growth in Income from Operations (TIO) in the quarter ended 30 September, 2015 (Q1-2015, current quarter) to Rs 350.17 crore from Rs 196.38 crore (quarter ended 30 September, 2013, or Q2-2014) and 76.6 per cent more than the Rs 199.5 crore in Q5-2014 (q-o-q). Notes:(1) 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million =1 crore (2) The company had filed results for a fifteen month period ended June 30, 2014, hence comparison … Read More

Reliance MediaWorks to sell off exhibition arm to Reliance MediaVentures
12:30 pm PDT 19/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Looks like the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance MediaWorks (RMWL) is already taking precautionary steps at reducing it losses by getting rid of its loss-making cinema exhibition business, and transferring these assets to its subsidiary Reliance MediaVentures. The company has proposed the transfer of the exhibition business in order for a complete or partial sale of Big Cinemas. The exhibition business of RMWL operates the third largest cinema chains under the brand Big Cinemas, with approximately 250 screens across India. Incidentally, the … Read More

Godzilla turns 60: Evolution of a sonic roar
1:00 pm PDT 04/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

On 3 November, 1954 the original Godzilla film opened in Japan. Nearly 9.6 million movie-goers went to watch the film on opening night eager to see the monster come to life with the films revolutionary visual effects. Japan had a population of 88 million then. But it was a specific sound effect that would become one of the most famous moments in film history, Godzilla’s emphatic roar…. Originally captured by using leather gloves and a double bass, recreating the iconic roar was one … Read More

Prasad EFX delivers fast paced action sequences for Hari’s Vishal and Shruti Hassan starrer ‘Poojai’
11:30 am PDT 03/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Prasad Group, a pioneer in the Indian media and entertainment world over the last five decades, has worked on the VFX and DI for director Hari’s latest Tamil hit, Poojai. It is an Action Masala movie that has been produced by Vishal Film Factory and cinematographed by Priyan. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed the soundtrack and score for the film that stars Vishal and Shruti Hassan in the main lead. “We have worked on almost all the projects with Hari sir … Read More

‘Roar’ing VFX by Anibrain brings tigers alive on your nearest screens!
6:30 pm PDT 31/10/2014 By Niyati Handa

Can you spot the difference between a real and a reel tiger? But we are certain after watching the movie ‘Roar – Tigers of Sunderbans’ you will be in a dilemma whether the tigers in the feature were real felines or just awesome CGI creatures, for this the credit goes to the founder of Anibrain Studio, Jesh Krishna Murthy and his team who have spent more than three years on their first Bollywood project. The film has been directed by … Read More

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