Anigraph 2004 opens Thursday

MUMBAI: Anigraph 2004', which claims to be India's biggest & best Animation, Graphics and Visual Effects Event, opens tomorrow at Mumbai's swank Rangsharda auditorium .

The show, organised by ACM Siggraph Mumbai (India) Chapter has India's VFX pioneer Ramesh Meer at the helm of affairs. Meer's stature in the field of VFX, coupled with the backing of Siggraph make the event look promising. The timings for the show are 10 am to 6 pm.

Voicing his anticipation for the show, Meer said, "ACM Siggraph has around five hundred members of which four hundred are expected to attend the show."

He added, "The Rang Sharda auditorium has around eight hundred seats, half are reserved for members of the trade and the other half is kept for the students."

The show is supported by Broadcast India and APAI (Animation Producers of India), Arena Multimedia and Image Institute.

The exhibition will showcase state-of-the-art products and technology. A press release states that the confirmed exhibitors include Seagate, Apple, Shaf, IBM, Leitch, Softimage, Eyeon Inc, Alias, Krops and Motion Builder.

Amongst the exhibitors who shall make presentations are Discreet, Alias and Softimage who will present the best creative aspects of their animation and compositing software.

Discreet will also unveil the Digital Grading Technology used in last years animated top grosser "Finding Nemo." The Japanese motion capture product Krops will also be discussed and demonstrated at the show.

Listed below are a few things to look out for at Anigraph 2004

Discussions & Presentations

Creating 3D stereoscopic film : Aabra Ka Dabra - Vinay Naik, Ramesh Meer.

June 24, 03.30 pm

FX Factory'sRamesh Meer and Vinay Naik elaborate on the making of the 3D Film Aabra Ka Daabra.

Localisation of Animation in India, Will it work.

June 25, 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm

Panelists include 2nzCEO Kireet Khurana, Nina Sabnani from NID, Biren Ghose from Animation Bridge, Rajiv Sangari - Padmalaya, A D Mehta of Escotoonz, and Nirmala from Splash TV.

Martin Poole's presentation on motion tracking.

June 26, 12.30 pm

Martin Poole of The Pixel Farm, UK is specially flying down to explain how their software created the motion tracking of one of the Hollywood's recent biggest box office grosser films, "Cold Mountain." A Japanese product called Krops, the cost effective product for Motion Capture will also be discussed and demonstrated at the show.

Animation & Visual effects for Advertising & Television.

June 26, 02.30 pm

The well known Ara, from Famous CineFX will take this session. Famous is one of India's foremost FX studios for FX in advertisements.

Creating digital visual effects for Movies and Television.

June 26, 04.30 pm

The session on Digital Visual Effects will have country's best companies showing how the visual effects were done for films like Main Hoon Na, Hero- The Love Story of a Spy, Baaz- The Bird in Danger, Jaal- The Trap, Jai Jantaram Jai Mantaram, Agnipankh, Netaji, Hatim and Aabra-Ka- Daabra.

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