‘First Man’ bags an Oscar marking one giant leap for VFX
1:00 pm PDT 25/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind. It is indeed a giant leap for not just mankind but also for the overall VFX scene that convincingly replicated the enigmatic tale of Neil Armstrong in the launchpad years before he marked his historic voyage to the moon. The movie, First Man, that covers the launchpad years of the noted astronaut before he stepped on the moon, has won the Academy Award for visual effects,trouncing a spate of competitors that … Read More

‘Kalank’ is a forthcoming VFX-rich movie
6:00 pm PDT 23/02/2019 By Parth Kaushik

In a bid to revive his father’s dream project, Karan Johar’s upcoming movie Kalank is all set to dazzle the fans. Not much has been revealed about the movie as its still in the works. Produced under the banner of Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios, multi-starrer Kalank includes a host of actors namely Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha. Kalank is an epic historical and emotional drama set in the 1940s and goes … Read More

VFX heavy movie ‘The Wandering Earth’ lands on Netflix
11:00 am PDT 21/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has announced to stream Mandarin sci-fi film The Wandering Earth. Based on the novella of the same title by Liu Cixin (the first Asian novelist to win the Hugo Award for Science Fiction), The Wandering Earth is directed and written by Frant Gwo. Featuring a stellar cast including Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat and Zhao Jinmai and a special appearance by Wu Jing, the movie was premiered in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand regions during Lunar New Year, and earned … Read More

First programme highlights of 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film revealed!
12:30 pm PDT 20/02/2019 By AnimationXpress Team

With cinematic discoveries, an unusual supporting programme, and festival atmosphere all over the city, the 26th International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will turn Stuttgart into a centre of the world of animation again from 30 April to 5 May 2019. Anticipations and expectations about the event are already reaching highs. Audiences and professional visitors can look forward to a European focus, a curated programme linking science and animation and two days of music featuring concerts and workshops. With almost … Read More

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

Things to know before starting an animation or VFX studio
7:00 pm PDT 28/01/2019 By Poonam Mondal

As the saying goes ‘content is king’, the demand for hyper-personalisation of content is sky-scraping.  The world has witnessed that the consumers are spoilt for choice from kid’s content to sports, mythology, spiritual and so on. The plethora of demand and choice for great content on various platforms has pushed the industry professionals further to the next level, in producing more and more quality content, to feed the hungry audience.   The push for creating great content has resultantly increased the … Read More