Roadside Romeo is a forthcoming Bollywood animated film that will have Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor lend their voices to dogs for the first time.
Written and directed by debutante Jugal Hansraj who acted in films like Mohabbatein (2000) and Salaam Namaste (2005), this will be the first animated film that will be co-produced with the alliance of Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Studios. The film will utilize state-of-the-art computer animation technology done entirely in India and will feature music, dances, songs and romance just like any other Yashraj Film so far. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra under Yash Raj Films and is looking at a release in the summer of 2008.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Commenting on the award, Pankaj Khandpur, creative director, VCL, Tata Elxsi said, " Winning the National Award is no mean feat and we are extremely honored to have the nation's most prestigious award bestowed upon us. Aaniyan has some interesting visual effects and animation work by Tata Elxsi's VCL. About 6 minutes of SFX was delivered, executed by a visual effects team of five, and an animation team of 15, over a period of 3 months."
I got to create the 'Tunnel-way to hell' sequence when the Hero logs onto www.anniyan.com As I had a motion-graphics background, I teamed up with my colleague Rushi to create the sequence.
Also, thanks to Rochelle Winters and Molly (AM) for co-ordinating with cgTantra to make this happen.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I have got to thank Apurva Shah, VFX Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios for helping us with a visit to Pixar and also to Chand and Nikhil for initiating this trip to SFO. For many animators, Pixar is a dream studio and being in its campus one can feel the strong vibes of high-quality animation. This place was really huge and the atrium hall had some awesome life-sized maquettes from famous Pixar movies and the walls had original artwork of their latest release 'Ratatouille'. It was inspiring to see rough sketches done by animators and the notes they would write next to the drawings. Also, it was great to see the super cool room where the 'dailies' take place.
This truly was an unbelievable experience. Wow!
Monday, August 6th, 2007
It meant my wife and kid (I was blessed with a sibling for my son, a sister for him in the last term of AM, so yay! I am a proud father and a part of the AM Babies thread in the AM forums, ah! I miss it all now) sacrificing their weekends for me for 18 long months so I could work on my Assignments. I am pretty sure I am one of those lucky guys with a spouse really wanting you to have fun all the time while studying AM. Right from the beginning she showed great interest in AM and would always give valuable feedback on my assignments. She really has a great eye for detail and animation.
While shooting video reference for my assignments, my son Yash too would imitate me and deliver those dialogues acting things out. haha!
Thanks to Mom (she always would say looking at Bishop, the official AM character, on my computer screen, 'What? You are still working on that guy with the huge head? You work really slow.... :) , Dad for believing in me and supporting me to study further and my brother and his family for all the encouragement.
It was extremely inspiring to breathe the same air as the animators at SPI do. Awesomeness!
And for making it all happen I whole-heartedly want to thank Rochelle Winters for making it all happen.
(This picture is of Rochelle and me at the AnimationMentor after-graduation party)
Adi has been VCL's Business Dev Manager and Producer and has been based in LA, Burbank for more than 3 years now. (Prior to that, in Bangalore he was very closely responsible for setting up VCL.) He is also very popular amongst the Deli's in the Burbank area. There was a time when I was pretty much lost in that area and I entered an Indian hotel there and asked them to dial 'Adi's number'. The owner instantly recognised Adi by his name and dialed his number without even taking it from me. Wow!
He also introduced me to his good friend Vinod who is working as a programmer at Walt Disney feature film studios. My taste-buds were treated to some much needed Indian food.
(Here I am with Adi having dinner at Mel's Inn in Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood)
Vegas had some crazy amount of lighting going on in the streets. My hotel Circus-Circus was at one end 'of the strip' and is a great family place to stay, especially if you have kids. Vegas also had some really amazing and lavish architecture, sculptures, bikes and cars. Loads of talented shows happening everywhere that you end up getting entertained for free. It was awesome to see a sculptor create on-the-spot scultpures of tourists. Very inspiring!
(That is Nikhil getting a face-lit from Chand)
I enjoyed being around the Emerging Technologies gallery and the Art gallery, the Guerrilla Studio and watching the Shrekology and Ratatouille sessions. There was so much to absorb everywhere.
The PhaseSpace motion-capture setup was fun and impressive. I was setup in less than 2 minutes and was ready to go and the results looked pretty impressive. It will be interesting to see how performance capture takes shape in India.
(This is me trying out some mo-cap)
One of my first opinions about that place was that it was like a 'walking-talking museum'. Everything was so beautiful, calm and serene. I am sure anybody who has lived in Mumbai will feel that way. There was a sense of being inside a huge Film City Studio where the streets and buildings of
While I was provided housing by Siggraph, I pretty much stayed with Chand (admin and co-founder of cgTantra.com and TD at Ettamina Studios) and Nikhil (Creative Director of Ettamina Studios) at their hotel. I made an offer to them they couldn't refuse. I was a carrying a bagful of Indian food which I was willing to share and they readily agreed to give up some room space for me. Earlier it was just for a day, but as things kept getting busier and busier I ended up staying with them through out the Siggraph days. It was a blast hanging out together.
(Shawn Kelly, me, Bobby Beck and Carlos Baena)