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#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


Guest Column| Fantasy cricket gets big with the IPL fever
12:00 pm PDT 04/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Online fantasy sports are big in India today, almost crossing $1 billion markets. With the IPL already started and the World Cup just a few months away, fantasy cricket is all set to become big this year.  The cricket frenzy can be felt in the air with the Indian Premier League 2019 just kicked off. It looks like a high octane and fully action-packed season with fans not only watching and enjoying the sports on television but also closely monitoring … Read More


MPC magically restored 1970’s period with almost invisible VFX work for Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’
6:00 pm PDT 03/04/2019 By Poonam Mondal

“Roma is a visual effects film. It would have been impossible to create Roma without visual effects.”         -Alfonso Cuarón  The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien) is Roma. The movie shares the chronicles of a turbulent year in the lives of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City.  Cuarón, inspired by the women from his childhood, delivers an artful ode to the … Read More


VES’ ‘The Making of’ marks the convergence of VFX veterans from around the world.
12:00 pm PDT 03/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

VES in partnership with AMD concluded the event titled “The Making of” at Fun Republic Cinema (Zee Preview Theatre) on 30 March 2019. It ushered a platform for international speakers and local partners to discuss various aspects of technology and VFX industry with regards to how some of the most awe-inspiring imagery was created on celluloid. The event started off with a welcome address and a brief introduction to the VES (Visual effects society) which has played a catalysing role … Read More


VFX supervisor Lindy De Quattro joins MPC Film
11:00 am PDT 03/04/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Acclaimed VFX supervisor Lindy De Quattro has joined MPC Film’s roster of world-renowned talent. Over the last two and a half decades, which included 21 years at ILM, Lindy De Quattro has worked with some of the best-known directors including Guillermo Del Toro, Alexander Payne and Brad Bird. She also currently serves on the Executive Committee for the VFX Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. De Quattro’s VFX credits include Iron Man 2, Mission Impossible: Ghost … Read More


Kesari’s VFX supervisor walks us through the process
2:00 pm PDT 30/03/2019 By Parth Kaushik

Do you often wonder what goes behind those spectacular visuals in Bollywood movies that we often relish watching? How is a war scene made so breathtakingly intense with thousands of people duking it out amid big plumes of smoke and fire? How does the protagonist manage to fling a hundred men across the field and play with fire while leaping across buildings? If you’ve ever felt stumped by the visuals in movies, we are going to introduce you to the wizards that we … Read More


Review: Flapping his ears, adorable mammalian, Dumbo, flies his way into our hearts
7:00 pm PDT 28/03/2019 By Poonam Mondal

“It is like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”- Mark Twain Dumbo, the latest Tim Burton’s American fantasy adventure film’s main protagonist is the innocent-eyed cute faced baby elephant, erroneously earned the name Dumbo from the audience at the circus. Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, and follows a family that works at a failing circus, Dumbo is among the number of animated movies that … Read More