SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali – The Conclusion’ release pushed to end 2016
3:00 pm PDT 24/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali – The Beginning was certainly 2015’s biggest blockbuster and grossed over Rs 600 crore worldwide and also holds the accolade of being the the first dubbed Hindi film to gross over Rs 100 crore as well. But, there is already a great buzz around Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion, the sequel to Baahubali -The Begining. At the Busan Film Festival, SS Rajamouli revealed: “We have already shot 40 per cent of Baahubali: The Conclusion but haven’t yet started on the rest because the team took some … Read More

Zero VFX opens LA office
3:00 pm PDT 23/11/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Visual effects and creative studio Zero VFX has opened a new West Coast post set-up in Venice Beach, California. The new 5,000 square foot office expands on Zero’s Boston headquarters and scales up the company’s bi-coastal operations for both feature film and commercial work. The move, combined with a staffing ramp up in Boston, doubles Zero’s size to over 80 employees. Lead by co-founders Brian Drewes (head of production) and Sean Devereaux (creative director), Zero specializes in photoreal effects for … Read More

Riva Animation & VFX delivers explosive VFX for Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Airlift’
12:00 pm PDT 18/11/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

Riva Animation & VFX, the studio which has delivered stunning visuals for movies like PK, Baby, ABCD2 and many more in the recent past, is all set to raise the bar once again with its latest work in the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Airlift’. A co-production of – T-Series, Hari Om Entertainment, Emmay Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films and Abundantia Entertainment – ‘Airlift’ is set to hit screens early next year on 22 January and is the third directorial venture of Raja Krishna … Read More

Q1-2016: Prime Focus YoY revenue up 28.1%
1:00 am PDT 09/11/2015 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU: Prime Focus Limited (PFL) reported 28.1 per cent YoY revenue growth for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 (Q1-2016, current quarter) at Rs 448.57 crore as compared to the Rs 350.17. However, QoQ, the company’s revenue declined 13.4 per cent from Rs 518.21 crore. 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 YoY comparison is being done between Q1-2016 and … Read More

SS Rajamouli ropes in ‘Puli’ VFX supervisor for ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion'; Srinivas Mohan to work on new Shankar project
1:00 pm PDT 30/10/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

After all the chaos that director SS Rajamouli created on social media via a tweet that read: “‘Baahubali 3’ is on cards. But the story that’s written for the two parts will not be dragged for the sake of it. This story will conclude with the second part itself (sic)” AnimationXpress.com has exclusively learned that the director has roped in RC Kamalakannan, who very recently was the VFX sup on Vijay’s ‘Puli’, to curate the visual effects of the sequel, or better … Read More

Alibaba Pictures to invest over $150 million in animation, VFX and films globally
6:00 pm PDT 29/10/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Alibaba Pictures, a subsidiary of China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba Group, is planning to invest one billion yuan (about $157 million) in a project to support young filmmakers worldwide for three years. The initiative – a partnership between Alibaba Pictures, Youku Tudou Inc, Beijing Film Academy and the Communication University of China – will groom filmmakers under 45-years- old across the world, said Alibaba Pictures CEO Zhang Qiang. Selected candidates will get an opportunity to work under one of three noted … Read More

Realworks Studios mo-caps upcoming Tamil film ‘Urumeen’
7:00 pm PDT 19/10/2015 By Ronald Rodrigues

It is a myth that motion capture technology involves huge costs and takes a lot of time to execute. Coimbatore based Realworks Studios India has produced a 3D motion capture animation opening sequence for the upcoming Tamil film Urumeen. From the makers of Ranadheeran, a 3D animated short which they had created as a tribute to Rajinikanth’s Kochaidaiiyan, Realworks has added another feather to its hat by using motion capture and hand animation techniques with low cost and efficient quality. … Read More

MPC New York announces studio expansion
10:00 am PDT 30/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC New York has announced that it has expanded its SoHo offices, adding a third floor to its creative studio space. MPC NY offers VFX, compositing, colour grading, VR and creative experiential project management. The new space includes two extra colour grading suites and a large flame finishing room, offering both 4K and HD mastering. The aesthetic of the new floor follows the design scheme originally developed by Bruce Bolander for the rest of the studio. The colour grading will be … Read More

Reliance MediaWorks reportedly offloads 10% stake in Prime Focus; continues to be major stakeholder
10:00 pm PDT 26/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

July last year, marked a momentous occasion in the Indian VFX industry as the Indian and overseas operations of Reliance MediaWorks’ film and media services business were merged with Prime Focus in an effort to build a behemoth to support the ever rising demands of new age filmmakers, who wished to explore the limits of visual effects in their stories. According to the agreement, Namit Malhotra was named the executive chairman and Group CEO for the Prime Focus Group, while … Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ wins record breaking 12 Emmys including VFX and Sound
12:00 pm PDT 22/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Dragons show Game of Thrones finally won big at Emmy awards and they did so in style. HBO’s popular fantasy series grabbed record breaking 12 awards out of the 24 nominations it received this year. The previous record was held by White House drama The West Wing which won 9 awards in 2000. The success at the Emmys is surprising because of the fact that fantasy and sci-fi shows have been notably under-represented at the Emmys over the years. … Read More

FY-15: Prime Focus revenue up 80%; Q4-2015 YoY revenue up 2.4 times
8:00 pm PDT 21/09/2015 By Tarachand Wanvari

BENGALURU: Prime Focus Limited (PFL) reported 80 per cent revenue growth for the year ending June 30, 2015 (FY-2015) at Rs 1607.59 crore as compared to the Rs 892.9 crore during the corresponding 4 quarter (12 month period) of the previous year. Last year, the company had reported revenue of Rs 1081.42 crore for the 15 month period ended 30 June, 2014. Notes: (1) 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million =1 crore (2) The company had filed results for … Read More

Technicolor acquires The Mill, a leader in advertising VFX for €259 million
10:00 pm PDT 15/09/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

There are more colours being added to the Technicolor team as it has announced the acquisition of London-based The Mill, the world’s largest visual effects and content creation studio for the advertising industry, for a whopping €259 million on a debt-free basis. Founded in 1990, The Mill is consistently recognised by peers and clients as a premier visual effects provider for both advertising agencies and brands, and has earned in excess of 1,000 industry awards. It has operations in the key markets of London, New … Read More