Saturday, December 18, 2010

CG Modelling Breakdown: Farmer's Cart

Its a weekend and I am down with a bad cold.So thought of doing a touch base with my Design Skills. Sat down and worked out a scene and started modelling the objects in 3d Max.I will post a step by step breakdown of the scene. Have a look.

Some tweaking on the basic polygons. Added some more elements

Applied a dirty wooden texture with Multi-Sub Objects and Vertex Painting in Max

Fine-tuned the shadows and materials.Composited the alpha over a real scenario from the wonderful Wollongong. Matched the lights and adjusted the curves! Check it out. Meanwhile let me go grab somethin to eat!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Update:Photon Kathaas: An ambitious venture in cinema industry

Photon Kathaas Productions, an entertainment company which makes movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, is tapping the London market with a public issue to raise £6 million.

Photon Kathaas, promoted by filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon, is hitting the London market on October 15. The Singapore-registered company will be listed on LSE's Alternative Investment Market or AIM. AIM is the London Stock Exchange's international market for smaller growing companies. Other Indian film companies listed on AIM include Bollywood giant Eros and animation house DQ Entertainment.

Gautham Menon holds 29% stake and his friend and music director, A R Rahman, holds 3% in Photon Kathaas, according to a company filing with AIM. Other shareholders include Venky Somasundaram (29%), Reshma Ghatala (29%), Ravi Venkatraman (5.5%) and Madan Pandy (4.5%).

Rahman is Photon Kathaas' creative adviser. Michael Rosenberg, a co-founder of TV-AM, Britain's first commercial breakfast TV station, is the chairman. Former Channel 4 executive Nathalie Schwarz is on the board and Menon is the chief creative officer (CCO) of Photon Kathaas. The issue is advised by investment banker Seymour Pierce.
Photon Kathaas hopes to tackle the problems by establishing a studio-driven business model to produce films more efficiently and exploit them across a range of different media

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

Another ubercool feature in PhotoShop CS 5 is the Content Aware Fill. The earlier version of photoshop did introduce the Content Aware Scale feature which was a great help to image editors. Now lets take a look what Content Aware Fill means to us!

Opening the image. Now i want to remove one of those guys from the image without a trace.

Make a rough selection around the person using the lasso.

Right click on the selection and choose Fill

Now pick Content Aware Fill from the dropdown menu.Click OK

Amazing, huh?

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Movie of the Week : Life with Mikey (1993)

Directed by James Lapine. With Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane.


Michael J. Fox stars as a child actor who has grown up, and grown out of his popularity. He now runs a talent agency with his brother, specializing in child acts, trying to discover the next child star. He gets more than he bargained for when he recruits a child pickpocket to be his next "star."

A warm and feel good movie which you can watch on a sunday morning.MJ Fox is amazing as always with some very funny/light moments.

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Video Lingo for the Dummies: Part 1

Remember the times when you had to nod your head to everything you hear even when you had no idea what they were talking about.Well,cant help you much in that area,BUT,Here's a list of Video Jargon you can use whenever you want,wherever you want.

R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 (Region Code):
A DVD gets released in a certain geographical area, or region. This was designed to stop people buying American DVDs and watching them earlier in other countries, or for older films where world distribution is handled by different companies. A lot of players can either be hacked with a chip, or via a remote to disable this. The regions are:

Region 1 - U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
Region 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
Region 3 - Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
Region 5 - Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6 - Peoples Republic of China

Sometimes movies are released again on DVD because now the movie is extended. They have put back deleted scenes. For example, E.T. was produced first in 1982 and years later it was brought on DVD again, but now digitally remastered and extended.

Digitally Remastered:
Digitally remastered means that an older not-digital movie has been re-editted, remastered and is released on DVD. Some really old movies look very bad compared to the new digital movies. Then they remaster it to make it look better, edit it, recolor it etcetera. Remastering generally implies some sort of upgrade to a previous existing product, frequently designed to encourage people to buy a new version of something they already own.

PAL and NTSC are two different video standards, the former being European, and the latter being American. PAL has a slightly taller screen (256 lines non-interlaced, non-overscanned) as opposed to NTSC (200 lines), so if you see the bottom portion of a program's screen getting cut off on your American machine, chances are the program was written for PAL, and is running on your shorter NTSC screen. PAL and NTSC differences are somewhat less important to European users; since their machines default to PAL, running an NTSC program is no more than a minor annoyance having the screen only appear in the top portion of the display.

DVB (Digital Video Broadcast):
The standard for direct broadcast television in Europe and the US Based on MPEG2 Compression.

DSR (Digital Satellite Rip):
Recorded from Digital Satellite, quality is similar to Pure Digital TV.

PPV (Pay Per View television):
Pay television programming for which viewers pay a separate fee for each program ordered.

HDTV (High Definition Televison):
Digital recording from a source stream at either 1080i or 720p at a bitrate from 19,39mbps or higher.

PDTV (Pure Digital Television):
Other resolution digital recordings from source streams at a bitrate of 10+mbps or higher. It is a label given to files that were ripped directly from a purely digital source, having less resolution than HDTV. This is accomplished by using a TV tuner card capable of receiving Digital Video Broadcasts or C-Band.

SDTV (Standard Digital Television):
Digital recording or capture from a source stream at any resolution with bitrate under 10mbps.This includes DirecTiVo but also captures from digisat or digicable with analog capture cards.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Movie of the Week : talhotblond (2009)

Directed by Barbara Schroeder


This is a documentary which reveals the shocking truth behind a murder,which all began from a love triangle that took place entirely online.

Interestingly told from the POV of the dead, this is strong, dark and undeniably the truth.It holds a mirror up to a dark, disturbing side of humanity. A Must Watch for everyone.

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Video: Terminator 5: Revenge of the Microsoft Fanboy

Check out this super cool video I stumbled upon in the internet.Created by Leon Wang

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wallpaper: SnowMen [1280 x 800]

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Architectural Modeling : Top 5 Apps out there!

Here is a list of 5 top 3D Architectural Modeling applications out there:

5. Blender:
This one is free and surprisly flexible.A streamlined interface,an object set and many animations built-in, this one is definitely worth your time.

4. Google Sketchup:
Another free and friendlier tool.It has a very good collection of objects and materials.Give it a try.

3. Cinema 4D:
Turns your PC into a real animation studio.Cinema 4D is excellent when it comes to lighting,materials and interaction between scenes.

2. Autodesk Maya
An interface divided in tabs and fitted with a useful timeline, many animations and objects make for a great solution for designers.

1. Autodesk 3D Studio Max

A classic choice for 3D design and animation professionals, 3DS Max offers loads of advanced modeling tools and pixel perfect control over your models. Also quickly renders your templates.

Image rendered using : Blender

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