A peek behind the making of ‘PK’ with Riva VFX and Animation
5:45 pm PDT 21/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

19 December, 2014 will go done in history as the date when India’s most successful film hit the silver screens, starring arguably the most versatile actor on celluloid – Aamir Khan – pulling off a full-monty. The storyline of the movie revolves around the character of ‘PK’ – an alien who comes in search of life on Earth (referred to as ‘Gola’) – and in the process, learns how humans are more driven by religious beliefs and the fear of … Read More

Understanding Shankar’s ‘I’ through the eyes of Srinivas Mohan
3:00 pm PDT 19/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Two long decades in an industry that is only gaining ground now, with importance and acceptance coming slowly, but this man already has three national awards to show for his work. Having spent nearly two decades in the VFX industry in the country, he has been one of the crucial blocks in building this nascent but vital industry. Indian Artists Computer Graphics CEO Srinivas Mohan has attempted challenging projects such as ‘Enthiran’ (‘Robot’) and ‘Sivaji’ in the past. His latest … Read More

Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘Lego Movie’ finally has an ‘awesome’ outing
12:30 pm PDT 16/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place last night at the Hollywood Palladium, ironically even the Academy Awards nominations were revealed last night. The big winners were Birdman and Boyhood from the live action category; picking up seven and four awards respectively. While ‘Birdman’ picked up the trophies for Best Actor, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Comedy, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. ‘Boyhood’ took home top honours for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting … Read More

The 87th Academy Awards reveals nominations
7:30 pm PDT 15/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is glued to their television sets to see if their favourite film – of the year gone by – has made the cut at the most respected and spoken about in the world of cinema, the Academy Awards (also called the Oscars). The nominees for the ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ include: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The … Read More

Maharashtra Govt keen to promote AVCGI
3:30 pm PDT 14/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

2015 has started off on a good note for the animation, VFX, gaming and comics industry (AVCGI) with the Maharashtra government dropping hints about bringing the AVCGI at par with other departments like IT and IT-enabled services. According to a report in the Business Standard, the BJP-Shiv Sena government is looking at establishing the state as an AVCG hub. In order to enable this it has proposed several measures including 100 per cent exemption in stamp duty, waiver in electricity … Read More

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ releases new trailer
1:00 pm PDT 13/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel Studios certainly knows how to set the pace for big summer releases. This time around it’s unleashing the sequel to the Tentpole film – The Avengers – that went onto become one of the highest grosser for the year 2012. The new trailer hit the online streaming platform YouTube today and has already garnered over two million views. The sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney … Read More

‘Happy New Year’ wins best VFX at Star Guild Awards
12:30 pm PDT 12/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The cast of Happy New Year is in celebration. The movie has won the first ‘Best VFX award’ category for 2015 at the Star Film Producers Guild Awards. However, the other nominations in the category were not revealed at the ceremony that took place on 11 January and will be telecast on 18 January on general entertainment channel Star Plus. Last year, the category saw a tie between Red Chillies’ Krrish 3 and YRF’s Dhoom 3. Red Chillies VFX COO … Read More

Legend3D to convert Four Feature Films Through Summer 2016
8:15 am PDT 12/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Legend 3D, a market-leading 3D visual effects and conversion company, has been formally awarded four major tentpole conversions from multiple studios, booking feature conversion and 3D VFX work out through June of 2016. In addition to the feature films currently in production at the facility, Legend is also in final negotiations on three other full feature conversions during 2015 and 2016. These films will utilize Legend’s new proprietary depth grade node and real-time conversion pipeline, and most of them will … Read More

Five movies in the race for best VFX at the Screen Awards 2015
12:30 pm PDT 10/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 21st annual Screen Awards is all set to take place on 14 January. This year’s awards have five movies that made the cut from 2014 in the visual effects category. PK, Singham Returns, Kick, Bang Bang and Bhoothnath Returns are in the race for bagging the title trophy. Prana Studios’ P Mohanan and Ashwin Agarwal have been nominated for Bhoothnath Returns, Prime Focus chief creative director Merzin Tavaria has two movies to his name- Kick and Bang Bang, Riva … Read More

Reliance MediaWorks owns 60% shares in Prime Focus open offer
5:00 pm PDT 08/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Promoters of Prime Focus and Reliance MediaWorks (RMW) have successfully acquired roughly 60-70 per cent of the Rs 7.77 crore shares targeted in the mandatory offer of Prime Focus following the merger of global films and entertainment services business of both entities. Based on the calculations, shareholders tendered about Rs 4.66 – 5.4 crore shares in the offer in which the promoters were looking to acquire 26 per cent from public shareholders as part of the SEBI’s takeover regulations that … Read More

Weta Workshop delivers special make-up for South director Shankar’s next ‘I’
6:00 pm PDT 23/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Vikram-Amy Jackson starrer ‘I’ directed by Shankar has completed its censor formalities with U/A certificate from the board. Produced by Aascar Films, the film which has music composed by AR Rahman is set to hit the screens. With the movie estimated to be made at whopping budget of over Rs 150 crore, the makers have decided to go to revising committee to appeal for a ‘U’ certificate which will help them get tax exemption. AR Rahman composed ‘I’ songs are … Read More

Prasad EFX delivers VFX for ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’
5:00 pm PDT 19/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Kaaviya Thalaivan, a recent Tamil movie has been helped with VFX by the studio down south, Prasad EFX. The historical fiction film produced by Y Not Studios & Radiance Media Group has been cinematographed by Nirav Shah. The film stars Siddharth and Pritvi Raj and is directed by Vasanthabalan. Speaking on the movie; Prasad EFX VP – VFX & DI Hima Kumar said: “Our collaboration with director Vasanthabalan and working with him on ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’ was an absolute delight. Since … Read More