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Pixion delivers VFX for Double Dhamaal

Double Dhamaal the sequal of 2007's original version Dhamaal was released on 24 June 2011. The film was directed by Indra Kumar starring Sanjay Dutt, Mallika Sherawat and Arshad Warsi on lead roles. Double Dhamaal was produced by Ashok Thakeria and Indra Kumar and was distributed by Maruti International and Reliance Entertainment.

Mumbai based Pixion Studios has recently delivered 250 VFX shots for an item song of Ranbir Kapoor in his upcoming film – Chillar Party

Making of Chiller Party Item Song Tai Tai Phiss

Directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl, Chillar Party is a co-production initiative of Salman Khan Being Human Productions (SKBH) and UTV's Spotboy. Releasing on July 8th, Chillar Party is a kid’s oriented film talking about good v/s bad where children along with protagonist “Bheedu” – a character played by Ranbir Kapoor fights against the wicked politicians.

Balgandharva Film Poster

Mumbai based Pixion studio's have delivered an entire package of DI, VFX, Film Prints in 4k, 2k Output Media Transfers for Cinevator and Digital Cinema and HD mastering on HDsr tapes for Balgandharva - a Marathi film by distinguished Art Director and production designer of Indian cinema, Nitin Chandrakant Desai. The film is directed by Ravi Jadhav – an icon behind the success of Marathi film, Natrang and is written by Abhiram Bhadkamkar.

Payanam VFX Crew

Chennai based visual effects and animation studio Vensat has completed work on recently released bilingual movie Payanam (Tamil), Gaganam in Telugu. Payanam is a real life hijack drama. The film tries to capture the human dimension of events which took place on board ill fated Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999.  Nagarjuna, Prakash Raj and Sana Khan starrer, Payanam has over 400 shots that have passed through the vfx pipeline.Alagar Samy

Actor Prakash Raj, who is the producer of Payanam along with Dil Raju is said to have been inspired by a book, 'Flight into Fear'.  As in the book, Payanam attempts to unravel the story of a passenger flight which is hijacked by terrorists and their demand of the release of a deadly terrorist. The screen play of the film brings about interconnected drama that taking place between the passengers, the terrorists and the government officials, as captured by Radha Mohan, the director of the film. Radha Mohan is best known for his super hit Tamil films such as Mozhi and Abhiyum Naanum.

Gulliver’s Travels, the movie, is a humorous adaptation of a popular classic by the same name, written by Jonathan Swift. The story revolves around a character played by Jack Black, who lands up in a strange place called Lilliput, inhabited by tiny people. The plot, which revolves around how he ends up even fighting a war in that strange land, made use of stunning visual effects and technology to highlight the stupendous difference in physical structure between the Lilliputians and Gulliver.

The movie produced by Twentieth Century Fox and directed by Rob Letterman needed the skills of quite a few digital studios including India-based GEON and Tata Elxsi, Pixel Playground, Method Studios, Hydraulx, Scanline VFX and Weta Digital. The unbelievable disparity between the size of Gulliver and the inhabitants of Lilliput is the theme that needed a major portion of the efforts.

Geon Studio

GEON, which was involved in around 150 shots from the movie, has been applauded for exemplary compositing by the overall VFX supervisor of the movie. Ellen Somers had special praise for India based GEON, applauding the Indian digital effects giant for its excellent work in compositing, saying that it would be one of the names to watch out for in the near future. GEON Studios had started working on it towards the end of April 2010, delivering on various sequences in phases.