All we know about SS Rajamouli’s VFX-heavy project ‘RRR’ so far
8:00 pm PDT 31/03/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Having emerged over the years as the crowning glory of India’s storytelling landscape, Maverick Director SS Rajamouli has churned out several blockbusters in his career, including Student No 1, Simhadri, Yamadonga, Maghadheera, Maryada Ramana and Eega / Naan Ee, but in the apotheosis of his craft, it was Baahubali that really made him a force to reckon with. By varying degrees, VFX has played an indispensable role in movies that have become noted visual spectacles. Now more than ever, modern filmmakers have conceded that their … Read More

Old classics return, India to witness old school VFX imagery; Ramayan, Shaktiman and more
7:30 pm PDT 30/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Coronavirus outbreak and 21-day lockdown in India recently spurred on the government to treat the nostalgia-stricken Indian to 80s’ and 90s’ iconic shows — Ramayana and Mahabharat and the recent entrant is fan favourite Shaktiman. While the broadcasting of epics Ramayan and Mahabharat began on 28 March on public demand,  Shaktiman actor and producer announced in his live fan-interaction that India’s beloved superhero will also add to the roster of retelecasts. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday had announced the timings of the … Read More

FICCI-EY report: VFX grew 25 per cent in 2019 to reach INR 49.5 billion
8:00 pm PDT 27/03/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Storytelling is not only India’s oldest tradition but also its most significant soft power that continues to take myriad forms with VFX giving it bigger wings to soar across international skies. With the advancements taking place in VFX technologies and platforms so frequently, the entire world has trained its eyes on India’s storytellers.  More so, OTT platforms have opened up news vistas to help with global outreach. Statistics advanced by the recent FICCI report confirm the exponential growth of the India’s M & E … Read More

Here are some VFX heavy survival movies to strengthen our willpower #WhenAtHome
7:30 pm PDT 19/03/2020 By Poonam Mondal

Preventing the pandemic spread of Covid-19,  staying at home is the only option. But staying at home with complete social isolation has its own drawback as it led to major boredom. At the same time, we are getting anxious, worried- by watching overhyped news on TV channels, the internet literally everywhere. The world was not prepared with such a pandemic outbreak, and there is a fair chance that the situation might get worse or better. Keeping the hope high, we can mentally prepare ourselves by … Read More

Cinesite releases VFX breakdown of Witcher, Kikimora creature stands out
4:00 pm PDT 18/03/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Perched on the most watched charts on Netflix, Witcher is easily one of the most stunning series’ in the OTT space. While some admire the series for its storytelling it, many of us have already binged on it for its spectacular imagery and fictional characters. Captivating around a million minds, the monsters in the famed series have become a subject of curiosity and wonder. Recently Cinesite, one of the top VFX studios associated with the project revealed the much-anticipated VFX breakdown and the monster in the beginning … Read More

SRK reshares the recently released ‘ZERO’ breakdown showreel
3:30 pm PDT 11/03/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Its indeed notable that VFX-rich movies that India has worked upon have become forces to reckon on both technical and storytelling fronts. For its VFX prowess, Zero has emerged as a case study by itself, becoming the first major motion picture to portray SRK as a dwarf for the entire duration. redchillies.vfx’s groundbreaking work on the movie Zero was praised by a popular youtube channel Corridor Crew hosted by VFX experts who had expressed astonishment and curiosity with regards to the techniques deployed … Read More

VES blazes a trail of meetups across the country to aggregate the VFX community
5:00 pm PDT 09/03/2020 By Parth Kaushik

VES India recently organised meetups at Mumbai and Bangalore which saw attendees from all spheres of the AVGC industry ranging from VFX artists to animators to technology aficionados. Hosted by Oscar-awardee and VFX veteran Tim Mcgovern, the event at Mumbai kicked off with a welcome address and an introduction to the VES (Visual effects society) which has played a catalysing role in the growth of cinema, nourishing the VFX scenario all over the world. Speaking about the proceedings of the event, VES chair … Read More

Women’s Day special: Spotlight on woman from VFX industry who believes challenges are opportunities
1:29 am PDT 08/03/2020 By Poonam Mondal

Where are all the women in the VFX industry? The question arises because there are fewer women in the VFX industry. Is it due to the lack of creativity? Well, I doubt that. Lack of dedication? Not at all. Tight deadlines? No way! Inflexible work hours? Absolutely not! Then, What is it? Let’s dive right into it. Taking an example of myself- I am a woman with a progressive frame of mind, an avid explorer and curious about visual content, … Read More

Redefine discusses the role of VFX in ‘Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship’
7:00 pm PDT 06/03/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship, a horror movie brought out substantial amount of scares at the theatres. The story about a young shipping officer Prithvi (Vicky Kaushal) dealing with personal loss, who takes it upon himself to unravel the mysteries of a haunted ship, involved a whole lot of paranormal that couldn’t have been told effectively without the use of VFX technology. VFX feats have indeed expanded the canvas of cinema and filmmaking has opened up the doors of myriad cinematic possibilities; be … Read More

MAKAUT: The future of emerging technologies in West Bengal?
8:30 pm PDT 02/03/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

In July 2019, the State Government of West Bengal had announced to set up a Center of Excellence on Innovation at Salt Lake Sector I, dedicated to emerging technologies, with special focus on animation, VFX, AR-VR-MR-XR and more. (VR- Virtual Reality, AR- Augmented Reality, MR – Mixed Reality) Webel, a nodal agency of the State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Department joined hands with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), earlier known as WBUT, to provide a B.Sc … Read More

Bollywood weighs in: INOX Inorbit witnesses a starry gathering at the screening of upcoming movie ‘Thappad’
7:30 pm PDT 26/02/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Ever since its inception, Inox Megaplex at Inorbit has increasingly been emerging as a hotspot for movie screenings and Bollywood gatherings. Glitterati Galore; the special screening of Thappad saw an intimate and definitive gathering of tinsel-town dwellers who graced the event with their presence. Followed by the screening was a dedicated panel discussion moderated by ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap which cut across the process, the direction and all the major and pressing issues that the movie touched upon. The session … Read More

Exclusive: One Life Studios shares insights about their VFX journey
8:00 pm PDT 24/02/2020 By Parth Kaushik

Having gone from strength to strength, Swastik Production’s VFX wing One Life Studios has worked its VFX wizardry on a slate of content over the past couple of years. Known for their magnus opus Porus, Swastik Production has renowned for culturally rich VFX imagery in shows like Mahabharat, Karnaphal Daata Shani, Mahajali, RadhaKrishn, Chandragupta Maurya etc. Recently AnimationXpress spoke to One Life Studios’ business head Summit Jaiswal to know more about their works, pipelines and approaches. Tell us about your recent … Read More