Monday, June 24, 2019

Indian VFX Studio " Labyrinth Cinematic Solutions" plays a key Role in the VFX of latest Hollywood flick 'John Wick 3'

The John Wick franchise has earned a cult following over the years owing to its power-packed VFX-rich action and thrill. Even before the release of the movie, social media had been set awhirl with the leaked footage of Keanu Reeves firing bullets while riding horseback on the sets of John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The movie managed to dethrone Avengers Endgame with 57 million dollars, surpassing the box office numbers.A franchise like John Wick automatically presupposes a great deal of visual effects work, given the action-packed sequences and stunning imagery that have become the trademark features of the franchise.

Like previous iterations, this movie is just as replete with VFX and this time Labyrinth Cinematic Solutions, a VFX studio from India has played a substantial role in creating the stunning imagery. It is perhaps the first time that an Indian VFX studio has been involved in a neo-noir action thriller like John WickWe spoke to the VFX supervisor of Labyrinth studios Siddhartha Jayakar to get insight into the scenes of the movie and how they managed to create the breathtaking imagery in the actioner.

John Wick is a popular franchise that has built and earned quite a
reputation for its action-packed imagery. We are pleased to learn that an Indian VFX studio has been involved in deploying a substantial number of VFX shots. Could you talk to us through the process?
It felt like quite an honour to get the call for this one as all of us loved the franchise and we were really excited to come on board for one of the most awaited films of the year. We had numerous calls with the VFX supervisor to understand their vision and their expectations. Our meetings with the producer & VFX supervisor had really helped us in gaining their confidence and entrusting us with the most crucial climax sequences. We were constantly in touch with them.

How many people worked on this project from your studio?
We had a dedicated team of about 60 artists on this project. Mix of 2D & 3D.

How many shots were delivered from your end?
Let’s not disclose the number.

How much time did it take for your studio?
We came on board from Dec 2018 onwards.

 The movie is making massive waves across the globe. Any special VFX techniques or software you made use of to deliver the shots?
John Wick is known for its action and it’s getting bigger and better with every franchise. Seamless use of VFX has made it possible for everything to look natural and organic. We were assigned a couple of key action sequences like the Bike Chase on the bridge and Horse sequence in Manhattan. We followed the director’s mandate to perfectly blend the VFX components with the high intensity of the live action shots. Along with these we also had tremendous 3D input in the film. It’s best to see Chapter 3 and enjoy the action-packed experience.

Considering your body of work, you have also worked with OTT giants like Netflix. Would it be too bullish to say that the advent of OTT platforms has given way to high-quality VFX content from India given the fact that Netflix is big on shelling out budgets?
There is certainly a LOT happening in the Indian OTT media and entertainment space. In India, we have the big global players producing out of here, as well as many domestic ones. However, VFX hasn’t played too large a role in any shows that have been made so far out of India… Compared to say a Lost in Space, which we worked extensively… Or A Series of Unfortunate Events which we also did… Both produced by Netflix in the US, compared to those Indian OTT platforms have not bet big on VFX-driven content yet but we are sure it is only a matter of time before it happens…

What message would you like to give to the budding VFX artists and aspirants who wish to work with studios like yours in the future?
Our journey has been exciting and there are some great projects coming out from Labyrinth very soon. As an organisation, we take pride in our projects and we know that great work is only possible with a great team of like-minded people. Anyone who wants to work with Labyrinth should be onboard with this work ethic first and foremost.
Our advice to young artists would be to spend time in getting their basics right before they jump into the field. India has been projected as a major player in the entertainment sector and there are exciting times ahead for all of us.

It’s always reaffirming to hear when Indian VFX studios are involved in the creation of world-class imagery. We hope to see more Indian names rolling up in the credits of movies, contributing to the VFX scene worldwide.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Warner Bros & Legendary Pictures ties up to Release ' POKEMON Detective Pikachu' in 270-Degree Panoramic ScreenX Format

CJ 4DPLEX, the world’s leading cinema technology company, together with Warner Bros has announced that the live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, will be opening worldwide by 10 May, is coming to select theatres in the ScreenX format.
“We are very excited that Pokémon fans will soon be able to enjoy the fun, comedy and adventure of POKÉMON Detective Pikachu and be able to immerse themselves in the full potential of ScreenX.We are thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures in bringing this experience to audiences in our newest cinematic format,” said  CJ 4DPLEX  CEO JongRyul Kim.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu will be the third Warner Bros film to be released for 2019 in the panoramic, 270-degree premium cinema format. The new film is part of an earlier six-picture agreement between the two companies that includes New Line Cinema’s Shazam! and The Curse of La Llorona, currently in cinemas; Warner Bros. highly anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters, opening on 31 May; and two more yet to be announced for 2019.

ScreenX is the world’s first multi-projection theatre technology that allows a 270-degree panoramic movie watching experience. ScreenX allows the audience to go beyond the frame of the traditional movie screen, utilising a proprietary system to expand the centre screen image to the side walls, surrounding audiences with imagery and providing a sense of being inside the movie.
“We couldn’t be happier to expand our ScreenX slate and invite fans around the world to experience this much-anticipated new Pokémon adventure with the full immersion that this breakthrough technology can deliver. As a company, we’re committed to creating unparalleled movie-going experiences for our customers, and CJ 4DPLEX has been a terrific partner as they continue to push the frontiers of technology to deliver our stories in exciting new ways,” said Warner Bros head of international distribution Thomas Molter. ”
ScreenX adds another dimension of creative possibilities for audiences to enjoy when seeing POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. The 270-degree experience opens up a whole new world as Pokémon pop up everywhere, filling all the three screens, and epic battles put audiences in the middle of the stadium as Detective Pikachu’s lightning attacks strike from the left and right panels while action unfolds on the main screen.

Courtesy: Animation

Monday, April 29, 2019

Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios approves Animated " Star Trek" series

Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios has announced to have a go-ahead for a new animated Star Trek series to be developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago). The project will be overseen by Nickelodeon animation production and development EVP Ramsey Naito.
Launching exclusively on Nickelodeon, the series expands the Star Trek universe for a new generation of fans. The new original CG-animated series finds a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.

Naito commented, “Partnering with CBS Television Studios and the creative masterminds behind the Star Trek franchise is an incredible opportunity and allows our audience to discover rich characters and new stories. Star Trek is a franchise loved by generations of fans around the globe, and adding Nickelodeon as home to the next animated series is a perfect fit.”
Emmy Award-winning Hageman brothers have written and produced some of the biggest animated franchises in film and television. They have noted projects to their credit like Emmy Award-winning series Trollhunters, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, the theatrical The Lego Ninjago Movie, Hotel Transylvania,The Croods 2 (writers), apart from the upcoming live-action feature Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Star Trek, Nickelodeon, and the state of animation are doing incredibly ambitious things as of late. We couldn’t be more excited to jump aboard,” added Dan and Kevin Hageman.
The Star Trek series will be from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions-CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers with Aaron Baiers as the co-executive producer.
Star Trek’s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future. Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world,” said Kurtzman.

The Star Trek animated series is the newest addition to the expanding Star Trek television universe as it joins Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Short Treks, a series of short stories tied to Discovery. The new Star Trek series is the third animated series from CBS Television Studios, following Star Trek: Lower Decks for CBS All Access and Our Cartoon President for SHOWTIME.
Nickelodeon animation development VP Claudia Spinelli is the executive in charge of the new animated Star Trek series for Nickelodeon.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year Resolution 2019

This year, pledge to make a career choice that is bright, lucrative, and promising. Hone your skills in #Animation, #VFX, #Multimedia, #GamedDesigning, #Broadcast, and Augmented and Virtual Reality. Learn from industry experts, try hands on different animation tools and software, and bring alive virtual characters.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Digital Filmmaking

From pre-production to post production, the entire#filmmaking process is loaded with excitement. Do you want to be a part of this exciting journey too? Join #MAACSohnaRoad, learn the basics of digital filmmaking like storyboarding, character design, modelling, texturing, and lighting, and make an animated blockbuster of your own! Join now:

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are widely used in technology these days. Do you want to learn the nuances of #AugmentedandVirtualReality? Join #MAACSohnaRoad and learn all about #AugmentedReality and #VirtualReality from the experts. Become a skilled professional and grab lucrative career opportunities in the #VRand #AR industry soon!