Autodesk Products Employed across Digital Film Pipeline for Bollywood and Hollywoodâ€™s First Co-Production
(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that Indian animation and visual effects powerhouse Visual Computing Labs (VCL), a division of Tata Elxsi Ltd., used
software as the lead 3D modeling, animation and visual effects tool on
VCL also relied on the
visual effects system to create the film, while Prime Focus used the
system for the final color grade. A joint production of Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures, Roadside Romeo is Indiaâ€™s first 3D animated mainstream feature film, as well as the first Hollywood-Bollywood co-production.
Roadside Romeo tells the tale of a pampered puppy whose owners move, leaving him behind to fend for himself on the streets of Mumbai. In the classic Bollywood tradition, the 95-minute film comprises 1,400 shots, approximately 40 scenes, and five song-and-dance numbers. The film features the voice talents of top Indian actors, including Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javeed Jaaferi.
â€œOur goal with Roadside Romeo was to create a quality production that would set the standard for future 3D animated Bollywood movies,â€? said Pankaj Khandpur, creative director at Visual Computing Labs. â€œThe high quality we achieved with this film has much to do with the Maya softwareâ€™s robustness, flexibility and interoperability. Maya is the backbone of our animation pipeline and has been an integral part of our workflow since we officially opened our doors in 2002. An additional benefit is the large talent pool of Maya artists.â€? Involved from the projectâ€™s inception, VCL was instrumental in developing the look and feel of the characters. â€œOur team handled all the pre-production, character and background design and storyboards,â€? continued Khandpur. â€œThe Maya softwareâ€™s advanced character rigging is one of our favorite features. We chose to design our characters in a â€˜squash and stretchâ€™ style; this meant a character might walk with a bounce and have more elasticity in the way its body reacts to movement. Maya lent itself beautifully to this animation style. Flame is also key to our digital film pipeline. Maya meshes seamlessly with the Flame system.â€? During the 21-month production schedule, VCL had approximately 120 artists working on the film at all times. Final conform was done on Autodesk Flame at VCL, and the final color grade was performed by the Prime Focus Group, using Autodesk Lustre.
â€œIndia has one of the most exciting and prolific film industries in the world,â€? said Stig Gruman, Digital Entertainment Group vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled that Autodesk tools were used across the digital film pipeline for Roadside Romeo. VCL has been a longtime Autodesk customer, and the caliber of its talent is evident in the incredible quality of this film.â€? Roadside Romeo was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj and released worldwide on October 24, 2008.
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