As the second largest and fastest growing market for smartphones in the world, India is witnessing an increase in content consumption on handheld devices (mobile phones) via over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime video. The reasons for this prompt consumption pattern have been the improvement in speeds of internet, lower 4G internet tariffs by telecom companies and easy availability of low cost smartphones. Before 2015, this growth was gradual as nobody could make a dent with the right mix of technology and content suited to Indian tastes. However, in that very year, the turning point came when the Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India launched Hotstar. Though Sony Pictures Networks India's Sony Liv was already in the market, the launch of Hotstar su...
In anticipation of the Star Wars-themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney has come out with new details about what guests will experience in the new land. The two 14-acre lands will aim to transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space, the place where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Moreover, each park will feature two signature attractions viz one that allows fans to take control of the Millennium Falcon on a secret mission and a Star Wars adventure that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Besides, Disney is currently constructing two full-sized AT-AT Walkers. Both Star Wars-themed lands are expected to open in 2019. &nbs
Google has released a new app namely Family Link that will allow parents to monitor their children’s activity on Android devices. The said app manages the apps that kids can use by allowing parents to approve or block any content from the Google Play Store. Parents can also keep an eye on screen time by seeing how many minutes are spent on each app in the weekly and monthly activity reports. They can then use this information to set daily screen time limits. The app also allows parents to remotely lock a child’s device. The app can also be used to monitor and restrict use of the YouTube Kids app which has collected more than 30 billion views to date and attracts more than eight million weekly users. Google, that is also launching kids original series on YouTube Red, currently
Known for its steam-centric electronic building blocks, New York-based tech startup littleBits is working out some big plans when it comes to coding. The company has launched a new kit designed to teach the foundations of coding and engineering through blocks and gaming activities. It will also coincide with the release of a littleBits Code Kit app that features drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly. Also included in the kits are more than 100 activities and lessons for kids in grades three to eight as well as start guides for both students and teachers. littleBits, which joined Disney’s 2016 Accelerator Program after raising US$60 million in funding, is currently accepting advanced purchase orders for the kit, which will be released in June. The new kit is perfect
With YouTube videos and Instagram posts ushering in a whole new trend of homemade slime-making, Nickelodeon is bringing its iconic goop to the DIY crowd. In relation to this, New Jersey-based toy and art products manufacturer Cra-Z-Art has partnered with Nickelodeon to market and distribute branded slime kits across the US. The kits will include all of the necessary ingredients to make the network’s famous green slime as well as a variety of colors and textures including glitter, neon and glow in the dark. The kits will be seen on US retail shelves this month.
Like every year, the Oscar season is here. And with that a sense of excitement also cropped into those who follow the awards. Here, we talk of the awards in the field of animation. In the animation section, Disney’s Zootopia won the best animated feature award at the Awards function. Disney-Pixar’s Piper won the best animated short film category. Another Disney project, The Jungle Book, won the visual effects honor. The animated contenders in the Best Original song category from Trolls and Moana, lost out to City of Stars from La La Land. On the lighter vein, the ceremony was capped with the strangest ending in Oscars history as presenter Warren Beatty read from the wrong envelope and declared La La Land the winner of best picture. After the speeches were midway, the mistake was
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
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
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
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