VFX-laden short films that had us on the edge of our seats
7:00 pm PDT 19/02/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Many of us aren’t aware that there is a section of cinema which is dedicated to making high-budget VFX-heavy content, setting high standards for the way short films are made. While it delights us to know that premium technology has been amping up the story quotient in the west, we hope more filmmakers take a leaf from the brilliant work artists are churning out in the form of short-films. Here is the list of VFX-laden short films that we ferreted … Read More

‘Gully Boy’ Review: Blazing through gullies of Dharavi, ‘Gully Boy’ proves its mettle.
12:00 pm PDT 15/02/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Through bambaiya vernacular, the clandestine operation of motor theft and Murad’s critique of the superficiality of the rap song playing in the stolen car, the opening scene of Gully Boy itself sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The tenor and tension in the sequence lay open some of the pressing themes that Zoya Akhtar successfully attempts to encapsulate in the scenes and explores over the course of the movie. It’s the rapt critique of the rap scene at the … Read More

The VFX story of Indian mythological content
6:00 pm PDT 12/02/2019 By Poonam Mondal

If you are a 90’s kid, you can recall those days when Sunday mornings were occupied by two epics – Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan and BR Chopra’s Mahabharat on Doordarshan. Have you ever wondered while watching how mesmerising the scene from Ramayan was when Ravana abducted Sita on a flying chariot; or the scene from Mahabharat where Bhishma Pitamaha remain undead even after being struck by hundreds of arrows? The reason behind those mesmerising scenes is the VFX/animation. Ever since the advent of … Read More

Netflix’s Largesse: a nod to superlative VFX-work
7:00 pm PDT 06/02/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Netflix opened with an explosion of promise especially for VFX-rich content as is evident from the mélange of exclusive programmes and originals that have been dished out over the years ever since the OTT giant sprang into play. Its emergence as the new springboard for content-creators has broadened the quantum of possibilities in the way stories are told. The ascension has been rapid, given that Netflix only began streaming media in 2007 and its exclusive series, Lilyhammer followed by Orange is … Read More

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ bags Visual Effects Society Awards’s Top Prize
3:00 pm PDT 06/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Avengers: Infinity War was awarded the trophy for outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature plus three additional trophies for an animated character. Also, Tuesday at the 17th VES Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Ready Player One earned two trophies, for best-created environment (for The Shining’s Overlook Hotel) and virtual cinematography, while First Man claimed the award for outstanding supporting VFX in a photoreal feature. Infinity War, Ready Player One and First Man, along with Solo: A Star Wars Story and Christopher Robin are nominated for the Academy Award in VFX. … Read More

The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ teaser is here!
3:00 pm PDT 04/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel fans got to feast their eyes on another sneak-peek of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, as Marvel dropped a new teaser of the film during Super Bowl 53. Marvel’s last Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War took the audience in a state a shock when Thanos acquired all the ‘Infinity Stones’ and wiped half of the universe with a snap of his fingers. The previous trailer of Avengers: Endgame trailer, that premiered in December had its focus on the surviving superheroes … Read More

Framestore wants to develop the best Indian VFX talent
4:00 pm PDT 01/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

As part of a drive to attract the best local talent, Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore partnered with Anibrain to helm a series of recruitment roadshows across India. We spoke to Framestore’s Director of Global Talent Development, Andrew Schlussel, and Head of Production, Lizi Bedford, to get some insight into the synergies between the two companies. Hello Andrew, could you please discuss what brought you to India, what brought on this partnership and what are your plans in India? This is my second time … Read More

Veterans from redchillies.vfx share their insights about Zero’s VFX
6:00 pm PDT 28/01/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Indian cinema has gone from strength to strength with nuances of VFX helping the filmmakers to achieve what looked impossible in the times before. We have witnessed a spate of movies that have stunned us with their VFX-heavy content. Redchillies has been consistently dishing out exceptional content year after year. Courtesy of the VFX technicians and studios in India, unprecedented feats have been achieved over the past few years but this time redchillies.vfx conspicuously tipped the scales with their piquant … Read More

All you want to know about ‘Simmba’s VFX
5:00 pm PDT 25/01/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Simmba‘s rage has swept over the nation like wild-fire, still going strong into its third week. One of the only successful hits of the year, last year’s crowning glory Simmba cruised its way into the current year too with its long stint on the big screen as fans just can’t get enough of our beloved cop. VFX has played a crucial part in its success. We spoke to the NY VFXWAALA team who informed us about the intricacies of the visual effects involved … Read More

Studio Exceptional Minds staffed by professionals on the autism spectrum has worked on Oscar nominated movies like ‘Black Panther, ‘ First Man’
3:00 pm PDT 23/01/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

The Exceptional Minds studio staffed by professionals on the autism spectrum started the new year with 44 television shows and 84 movie features to its credit. Among all the movies, three of the five movies are nominated for Oscar 2019 in the visual effects category and two has been nominated for the best picture category also for 2019 Oscar as announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A nonprofit initiative with an innovative approach to gainful employment for people with … Read More

VFX Technologies used to create magic on screen
12:00 pm PDT 23/01/2019 By Poonam Mondal

Did you have a nerve-racking moment while watching Ghost Protocol, when Top Cruise jumped off from the tallest building of the world, Burj Khalifa? The thought that Tom Cruise might have climbed the 110th floor jumped off the building might have boggled your mind. The fact is, these stunts were as dangerous as it looks and the funniest part is that the scene was shot on a partial set down at ground level, with CG building extensions as it was impractical to shoot … Read More

Ambivalent CG characters that spooked and melted us at the same time.
7:30 pm PDT 18/01/2019 By Parth Kaushik

We can all recall catching ourselves in the vortex of emotions about certain whimsical CG characters who almost set us off in the beginning but ended up winning us over. 1) Dobby – Elves have always been known for nefariousness in the folklore with their amplified facial characteristics and shenanigans. Earlier, Elves evoked feelings of mistrust and wickedness that one would want to street clear of if we ever were pushed down the rabbit hole.     Courtesy of JK Rowling’s … Read More