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Kerala gets its first animation VFX & 3D conversion studio

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NEW DELHI: The Aries Group, a consortium of different independent firms spearheaded by Sohan Roy, has launched its state-of-the-art animation, VFX & 3D studio Aries Epica Studios in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The studio set across 16000 sq.ft space will cater to deliver high quality 2D/3D animation, visual effects and stereoscopic 3D content conversion. This is the 30th company setting shop in Technopark Phase III. The studio complex also houses a preview theatre.

The new space will also house Epica Academy – the first of its kind 3D Stereoscopic Film Academy. Streaked with state-of-the-art hi-tech facilities along with motion capturing devices, the Academy has a vision of providing quality education in 3D stereoscopy, 2D & 3D animation, editing & DI, audio engineering and VFX.

“The animation and VFX market worldwide is booming and there is a lot of work they are outsourcing from India. With the Epica Studio and Academy we aim to tap the talent from India and make them experts in Animatronics to meet the global expectations. We want Epica at Technopark to be a gateway for Indian talent to the world film industry and also future of international content creation,” said Aries Group of Companies and Epica Studio CEO and founder Sohan Roy.

It was in 2014 that Epica Studio along with their technology partner Dimenco launched a revolutionary project – the Glasses-free 3D TV at Gitex Dubai. This new auto stereoscopic 3D TV allows viewers to enjoy 3D content without wearing glasses, he added.

“After ensuring our unique presence in post-production with Aries Vismayas Max and in the world of Cinema Screens with Aries SL Plex, now Epica is going to be another jewel in the crown of Aries and a Pride for Trivandrum,” said Roy.

“Epica will be an international hub for entertainment industry serving visual effects, 2D/3D animation and stereoscopic. We have dedicated professionals working from this studio and providing services to our clients in USA, Canada, Europe and Middle East,” said Epica Studio managing director Jeemon Pullely.

Based in India, the company has set up marketing hubs in the US, Finland, China, Italy and UAE. At present, the company employs 264 professionals and is aiming to touch 3000 employees mark in its second phase of expansion, said Pullely.

Aries Group is a consortium of different independent firms from across the globe spread across countries like Singapore, India, China, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Azerbaijan and USA. Established by business tycoon Sohanroy, the company is certified with ISO 9001-2008 and has its headquarters in Sharjah. In turn, BIZTV Network, a part of Aries Group, operates in the world of Entertainment. In here, BIZTV Networks is the productions house exclusively for film production with prestigious projects like Dam999 (India’s First movie to be converted from 2D to 3D), Saint Dracula 3D and Kamasutra 3D. Together, about 18 Oscar nominations can be credited.

Recently, Aries Group took over Vismayamax, one of South India’s biggest post-production Studios with Atmos sound system in India. It has also extended its arm into the stereoscopic universe by taking over Epic Studios, a pioneer in stereoscopic studios in India, renaming it as Epica Studio.

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