Thursday, February 23

Technology

Lifting the Veil of Magic –Raees VFX and the force behind it

Lifting the Veil of Magic –Raees VFX and the force behind it

Headlines, People, Studio, Technology, VFX
In the heart of the Maximum city and the showbiz district of India, Red Chillies.Vfx team has carved a beautiful niche for themselves in the Bollywood Industry. Their work speaks for itself and each time they surpass the level of excellence in the VFX Industry. Having worked on groundbreaking visual effects for movies like Ra.One and Krrish 3 the company continues to push the envelope with each project and cement its reputation for cutting edge visual effects with its repertoire of work. In a tête-à-tête with VFX Supervisor on Raees, Ronak Sanghadia tells Animation Digital Digest’s Leo Oommen about the tremendous work behind making the Bollywood’s 200 crore club hit movie Raees and also about receiving the Best VFX award at Filmfare. Please tell us about yourself and your professiona
Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon Partners Mercury Filmworks to Launch New Full Service Animation Studio ‘Lighthouse Studios’

Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon Partners Mercury Filmworks to Launch New Full Service Animation Studio ‘Lighthouse Studios’

Softwares, Studio, Technology
Kilkenny, Ireland-Based Studio to Create 140 Jobs and develop Animated Children’s and Family Television Entertainment, for Multiplatform Global Distribution Significantly bolstering animation production in Ireland, Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's most prolific independent animation studios, has joined forces with acclaimed Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon to create an all-new 2D-focused animation studio in Ireland, Lighthouse Studios. The joint venture, supported by Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland will create over 140 jobs in the next three years.   In the coming weeks, Lighthouse Studios plans to announce development and production projects, as well as a hiring initiative encompassing production management, designers, animato
Red Chillies wins Best Visual Effects Filmfare award for ‘Fan’

Red Chillies wins Best Visual Effects Filmfare award for ‘Fan’

Softwares, Studio, VFX
Bollywood came together to raise a toast to the best in the industry at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017, held on January 14 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. VFX is the most neglected yet the most important part of the movie and this year Shah Rukh Khan's company Red Chillies bagged the Best Visual Effects honour for "Fan". This award marked the third time Red Chillies VFX winning for the best VFX category. Earlier named as Dreamz Unlimited, later Christened as Red Chillies VFX, the unit handles the special effects of all his home productions and of some other movies as well. The division has won accolades for its work in India and abroad. Don: The Chase Begins Again won European accolades for Best Special Effects in 2006. A year later, Om Shanti Om won best visual effects from Fil
Technicolor Postworks Prepares for 10 films for Sundance

Technicolor Postworks Prepares for 10 films for Sundance

Softwares, Studio
Continuing its long-standing support for independent film, Technicolor PostWorks New York helped to prepare a combined 10 features and documentaries for screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The facility provided services including editorial conforming, color grading, deliverables and sound mixing for films premiering in the U.S. Narrative and Documentary competitions and other programs. Sundance films serviced by Technicolor PostWorks include: Band Aid, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director and Screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones’ story of a couple who can't stop fighting and embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Allie Ames, colorist/online editor. Before I Fall, Premieres, Dire
Disney launches Kids TV streaming box

Disney launches Kids TV streaming box

Softwares, Technology
As part of the technology event announcements of CES 2017, Disney announced that it will soon be launching a streaming box that will have the ability to run video games of the Android operating system. The box, developed by Snakebyte, arrives pre-loaded with movies, shows and games and was unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in the US. The full content line-up for The Disney Kids TV streaming box has not yet been announced, but it does arrive with a $99 price tag. The Disney Kids TV box will feature everything a Disney fan would want like Disney themes, streamlined menus, ad-free experience and a Disney-branded game controller will also be available. The Disney Kids TV box is slated to go on sale in 2017.
Watch the new explosive teaser trailer of Transformers 5: The Last Knight

Watch the new explosive teaser trailer of Transformers 5: The Last Knight

Latest News, Technology
The tittle of the movie ‘Transformers 5: The Last Knight’ in itself carries a power in itself and you should definitely watch it. The first trailer for "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth entry in Michael Bay's alien robot franchise, is finally here. As the title suggests, "Transformers 5: The Last Knight" brings viewers back during the time soldiers, knights and warriors of all sorts were still the ones roaming the earth. Spilling very little, the trailer highlights how these gargantuan metallic beings have been around for the longest time, as well as how they were part of earth long before its existence. This time around, a few new actors will join the squad including Tyrese and Sir Anthony Hopkins. "Transformers: The Last Knight" will be in theaters on June 23, 2017. Watch
Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds Home Theater Dub Stage

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds Home Theater Dub Stage

Softwares, Technology, VFX
Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds Home Theater Dub Stage For Next Generation Immersive Sound Formats Responding to the growing popularity of home theater systems with immersive sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a new mix stage dedicated to next-generation home theater audio formats. Located on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, the new stage is designed to simulate a home theater environment and equipped to master feature film and television projects in Dolby Atmos®, Auro-3D and other immersive sound formats. This new room has been used to prepare several feature titles for Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Disc, and digital delivery. “This new stage keeps us at the forefront in immersive sound, providing an ideal workflow and environment for mastering for ho
Technicolor PostWorks Blends Art and Technology in Delivering PBS’s “Soundbreaking” 

Technicolor PostWorks Blends Art and Technology in Delivering PBS’s “Soundbreaking” 

Technology
Facility handles sound and picture post for acclaimed 8-part documentary on the history of recorded music. Recently posted at Technicolor PostWorks New York, the new 8-part PBS documentary, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music provides a fascinating portrait of the melding of art and technology in the development of popular music. Produced by Show of Force and directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre, the series reaches back to the 1920s, when music was first committed to vinyl, but focuses in particular on the period from the 1960s to the present and the revolution that was set in motion by the late Sir George Martin and the Beatles through their innovative use of multi-tracking. For Technicolor PostWorks’ post-production team, finalizing sound and picture
BreakingPoint wins “Best Student Project” award at SIGGRAPH Asia

BreakingPoint wins “Best Student Project” award at SIGGRAPH Asia

Technology, VFX
The student project BreakingPoint has just claimed the "Best Student Project" award at the Computer Animation Festival at SIGGRAPH Asia (December 5-8, Macao/China). BreakingPoint, which was created as a diploma project at the Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, takes the honors for its breath-taking VFX and its meaningful employment to a convincing narrative of a woman giving birth. SIGGRAPH Asia and SIGGRAPH are the world's largest conferences on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques, and the awards bestowed at the Computer Animation Festival distinguish the greatest work in this field. BreakingPoint transforms the concept of "hysterical strength" - the display of seemingly superhuman strength in life and death situations - into a
CN launches MagiMobile App based on Mighty Magiswords

CN launches MagiMobile App based on Mighty Magiswords

Animation, Technology
Cartoon Network drives the digital experience with the release of MagiMobile, an app that encourages uses to build their own collection of swords Cartoon Network announced the release of MagiMobile, an app based from the Universe of Mighty Magiswords. This app will encourage the users to build their own collection of swords. Mighty Magiswords follows Prohyas and Vambre, two warriors for hire who complete quests using their collection of Magiswords that each have special abilities. In the MagiMobile app, the user’s device is designed to look like the devices owned by Prohyas, Vambre and other characters in the show. The users while watching the episode of Mighty Magiswords can tap their mobile devices to allow the MagiMobile app to sync with the series.  The app then rewards users with