VR film series ‘Mr. Buddha’ is setting a long journey in the film industry
11:30 am PDT 29/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

HTC VIVE, in collaboration with Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival executive committee, produced VR film series 5×1, of Mr. Buddha directed by Lee Chung was selected for 2019 Tribeca Immersive Cinema 360 category. HTC VIVE Originals’ president Liu Szu-Ming announced at Tribeca Film Festival premiere that HTC VIVE Orignals’ VR film would be heading to Cannes Film Festival on its next stop. HTC VIVE   is committed to creating self-produced content and developing original IPs. Last year, in collaboration with Taipei Golden Horse … Read More

#FeatureFriday: A foreign perspective on Indian VFX scene
7:00 pm PDT 26/04/2019 By Parth Kaushik

For years, Indian aficionados have contemplated how our national VFX scenario can be improved in the service of cinema that Indians have long yearned for. In order to corkscrew our way to the ideal vision of the Indian VFX scenario, there are variables that need to be imperatively considered and worked upon. In the recent past, we’ve been treated to a flurry of VFX-rich Indian movies which have tapped on the tip of the iceberg. As we approach the age … Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ episode two of the final season limbers up for the ominous battle, revealing a larger landscape
6:00 pm PDT 24/04/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Game of Thrones season eight’s second episode opened with a larger Winterfell than the one we are familiar with. And justifiably so, since almost everyone has congregated at one place where the winter has finally descended with chills running down the spines of characters that are limbering up for the final culmination of a decade-long build up. The wall has fallen and its terrifying implications are set to unfold over the next few weeks starting from the next episode. The entire … Read More

‘Spider-Man:Far From Home’ and Doritos team-up for upcoming release
1:00 pm PDT 24/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Doritos, one of PepsiCo’s snacks brands, has partnered with Columbia Pictures’ upcoming summer release, in association with Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In more than 35 markets around the world, Doritos will launch a global marketing campaign offering fans a chance to boldly embrace their inner superhero. Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series. Our friendly neighbourhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan … Read More

Recently released ‘Gotham’ Trailer features Batman vs. Joker
4:00 pm PDT 23/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

FOX dropped a new promo trailer for the final episode of Gotham. The series finale features the ahead 10 years to show Batman’s face off with the Joker and other villains from his rogues’ gallery in the city of Gotham. The episode is set to see David Mazouz, who plays young Bruce Wayne on the series, giving the voice and facial captures for Batman even though another actor will be rocking the suit. Another actress will be playing the grown-up version of Catwoman in the finale.   … Read More

‘Bharat’s trailer looks loaded with VFX-rich imagery
2:00 pm PDT 22/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Salman Khan-starrer Bharat spans 71 years of Indian since Independence, opening against the backdrop of Jawaharlal Nehru’s landmark speech “Tryst with Destiny”. “People think that a middle-class old man must have had an arid life but my youth was as colourful as it gets” Khan’s Bharat ponders in the trailer that dropped on Monday. The trailer gives a glimpse of a young Bharat as a moto-bike stuntman, then an employee at an oil-mining company, and later, a ship’s captain. Along … Read More

#FeatureFriday: How Sci-fi movies depicted Black Holes over the years
7:00 pm PDT 19/04/2019 By Parth Kaushik

The recent unveiling of the first image of a black hole — found in the Messier 87 galaxy, roughly 55 million light-years away took the world by storm. Of all the profound and humbling celestial occurrences to be found in intergalactic space, what makes black holes particularly intriguing? Let’s take a look at how sci-fi movies depicted these enigmatic bodies; black holes, wormholes and singularities. Event Horizon A team of astronauts is sent to investigate a lost spacecraft which disappeared … Read More

Game of Thrones’ final season opens with a striking proliferation of VFX-rich imagery
5:30 pm PDT 18/04/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Spoiler Alert! The final season’s first episode of Game of Thrones marked a warm convergence of pivotal characters at Winterfell while the other side of the now-fallen wall is festering with Whitewalkers progressively marching on and inching closer. Over the soft rhythm of the signature refrain, we see some changes in the digital map too. The first scene itself opens with the disciplined army of unsullied and others marching in droves with Danny and Jonno leading the battalion on their horses … Read More

How VFX won the Game of Thrones
7:00 pm PDT 15/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Game of Thrones has constantly been at the center of all the buzz, anticipation and fan-theory conjectures over the past year. Fans have been waiting with bated breath for season 8 in a bid to discover how things unfold in the final season.  GOT franchise plays host to a breadth of fantasy elements like massive battles, sea voyages, flying fire-breathing dragons, magical fumes, gritty action, blood splashes, castles and much more.  The stuff of fantasy constitutes imagery that has to be … Read More

#FeatureFriday: Has the advent of OTT platforms opened the frontiers of high-quality VFX in India?
7:00 pm PDT 12/04/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Over the top content players have steadily carved their way into the media and entertainment space with a growth of 50 per cent in digital subscription in the year 2018. By 2020, the consumers of the OTT space are expected to rise up to four million according to FICCI report. Reason? For one, it’s the availability of advertisement-free and niche content any time at any place. And falling data charges only make it more viable as the consumer base increasingly … Read More

MPC takes ‘Dumbo’s’ VFX to new heights
5:00 pm PDT 12/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Overall VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and MPC VFX Supervisor Patrick Ledda oversaw MPC’s teams, made up of more than 1200 artists and production crew, to deliver 1150 shots for “Dumbo”, over the course of two and a half years.  The film was primarily shot at Pinewood and Cardington studios and MPC’s initial involvement was to assist and provide guidance to the Production VFX Supervisor and Producer.  The work on set varied greatly due to a large number of scenes and … Read More

MPC VFX supervisor Patrick Ledda shares the behind the scenes of the movie ‘Dumbo’
4:00 pm PDT 08/04/2019 By Poonam Mondal

The recent live-action adventure movie by Disney, Dumbo has amazed the audience with its visuals. The movie is the remake of 1941 American animated film Dumbo, where Disney made the innocent-eyed baby elephant fly in the air using his big ears.  In 2019, to create a sequence of making an elephant fly in the sky on screen for the audience MPC Studios has used the magic of VFX  to make it happen.  In conversation with AnimationXpress MPC VFX supervisor Patrick Ledda shared the … Read More