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The Indian Animation & VFX Industry

 

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Alex from the movie Delhi Safari

Hey Fellas!

Welcome Back!

It has been a few days since I saw Avengers Infinity War. Petty insane a movie isn’t it?

Anyways, walking out of the cinema hall, apart from being irked about the ending of the movie, one question kept buzzing in my head.

Can Indian Animation and VFX industry ever reach that standard of creative brilliance set by Marvel Studios & Other famous studios like Pixar and Disney?

What compounded the nagging persistence of the question is the book I’m currently reading. It is Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull (The President of Pixar Animation Studio).

Check it out: Creativity Inc on Goodreads

On one hand one might believe that it is definitely not fair to compare the creative process and products of both Bollywood & Hollywood because we all know how poles apart both these industries are in terms of cultures, content, budget, and cost, resources available etc.

But ever since the status of being a Global Citizen has risen, so has the need for comparison with peer companies on a domestic & international level along with the rigorous analysis in order to deliver products which are globally acceptable. Thus, making our first claim of “ Not fair to compare” a prevalent fallacy.

If I could put the current status of the Indian Animation industry in a few words I would say it is facing an existential crisis.

The last so-called commercially successful animated movie was Delhi Safari released in 2012. The most recent one being Mahayoddha Rama released in 2016, whose name even I did not know until I Googled it and surprisingly it won The National Award for the Best Animated Film in the year 2017.

The few reasons behind the Indian Animation Industry facing this sort of crisis are:

Lack of Original Stories and Independent Characters

If you Google the search term “Animated Indian Movies”, This is going to be the most likely outcome:screenshot-20.pngThe first obvious manifestation of the search helps us conclude that most of the animation in India is often equated with characters from Mahabharat and Ramayan which, on one hand, might indicate the culturally inclined industry but also is a clear-cut evidence of the fact that Independent Characters aren’t given much space and heed.

E.Suresh, the founder of Studio Eeksaurus that in 2015 won India’s first-ever Annecy International Animation Film Award in his interview with The Hindu explains,

“Animated stories can use crazy impossibilities as a premise, but our imagination right now seems limited to what we can see. Almost all films want to tell popular stories from the Ramayana or the Mahabharata. It’s like India has only two mangas that are really popular; Japan has a million mangas to choose from.”

The crisis demands meticulous brainstorming in order to come up with fresh characters and storylines from passionate Indian Animators in order to create a cohesive environment so that ideas can take shape of films successfully and compete in the international market.

Inadequate Financial Backing

Another aspect of this crisis is the fact that Indian Animation isn’t adequately funded. Delhi Safari had a budget of 15Cr, Roadside Romeo – 35Cr approximately whereas an average Bollywood movie budget in the present times is somewhere around 50cr.

Not only that but there is also a lack of willingness from the producers’ side to invest in these films, the history serving as the testimony to the consecutive failure of the Animated movies at the Box Office Collection.

The Indian Mindset

One of the primary reason the movies fail to mint money at Box Office is that Indian masses believe that animated movies are made for children and not for adults, though I strongly believe that the times are changing and so are these stereotypes.

Also, there is this preferential factor that comes into consideration which believes in the school of thought,

Why should I waste money in watching some animated movie when Salman Bhai’s or King Khan’s picture is around the corner?

Isn’t it?

Anyways, That’s all for the existential crises of the Indian Animation Industry.

Let’s hop over to the VFX (Visual Effects) Industry.

As per the KPMG India-FICCI, Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2017, the Indian Animation & VFX industry grew at 16.4 percent in 2016 to reach a size of INR 59.5 billion, driven majorly by a 31 percent growth in VFX, with animation remaining steady at a growth rate of 9 percent.

VFX Industry is fast emerging as an indispensable part of filmmaking. The post-production segment saw a robust growth of 13 percent in 2016 and continues to perform and reap the benefits of an established ecosystem around the segment, reports ET.

What’s fascinating is that VFX as an indispensable tool is getting more and more domestic acceptance all thanks to movies such as Bahubali Franchise, Fan, Mohenjo Daro, MS Dhoni, Shivaay etc.

But there limitations & Challenges faced here too.

VFX sector includes the bargaining power that international studios wield while hiring VFX vendors from India. In addition to that, the lack of subsidies from both Central and the state governments also leads to major Indian Production firm outsourcing this facility.

To conclude:

There is a lot of scope in the Indian Animation and VFX Industry to expand as a whole. People form the entertainment industry just need to give it a bit more time, importance, put it more effort & resources to constantly update themselves with the newest technologies. It can help them in cutting costs and reach the ultimate pinnacle of creative excellence.

After all, “Indians are creative”.

Furthermore, I’m eagerly waiting for the movie 2.0 to release. For I believe it has the power to unleash the untapped potential of the technical side of the entertainment industry and set a benchmark for other movies to compete with.

After all, the stakes are too high from 2.0.

Check these video out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeaMJlnXa1E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlpDu79wIcM

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References:

  1. http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/the-curious-case-of-indian-animation/article17646834.ece
  2. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/indian-animation-and-vfx-industry-is-getting-bigger-and-better/articleshow/58896119.cms
  3. https://www.livemint.com/Consumer/srodhe895MOz60byz2e0DL/Why-Indias-film-animation-industry-is-still-struggling.html

 

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The Redlisted Movie of the Moment: Kingsman The Golden Circle

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Manners Maketh Man.

 

I don’t know what is about this movie that keeps me transfixed to simply say Woah ho! What a movie man! Oops a Kingsman rather. Lol!

I’m really upset about the fact that I’m watching this movie so late that too on my laptop and not inside a cinema hall instead. Let me tell this to all my readers, this movie is made to be watched on a huge screen with an awesome sound system.

I won’t talk about the plot of the movie, or give you any spoilers. But I will bluntly state out the reasons as to why I would recommend this movie to everyone.

  1. Okay, first I agree with the fact that the plot of both the Kingsman movie makes no sense at all, at least in the real life though. But what is more important in this movie is the fast gripping narrative, the style of storytelling and commendable acting by the everyone in the film.
  2. Being an action lover myself, the combo pack of some insane action sequences along with some sassy music deserves a thunderous applause. Oh! I wish I could play the Kingsman theme music.

The link is right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbfg3UoAfLo

  1. The last and the most important thing, the message of companionship, brotherhood, loyalty, friendship, commitment and instinct of doing the right thing is communicated in an absolutely impeccable and stellar way. There is no next best alternative or opportunity cost I rather say.

So, a big thumbs up to the movie on whole. Do spare your time and both the Kingsman movie, you’ll surely thank me later on.

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The Fault in the ratings of IMDb & Rotten Tomatoes

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Welcome back to my blog.

Often, I ask myself a question, “Why do we need movie reviews?”

I researched and found out that the answer to this peculiar seeming question is pretty straightforward. We live in a world where there is an endless choice available for a product or a service. Thus, to facilitate us in making our day to day choices we need reviews about everything.

In our context, we know that there are thousands of movies released each year and we can’t end up seeing all of them. We have to make a choice because of the limited resources and time constraint. Movie Reviews play a vital role in this scenario.

Talking about movie reviews I too have the habit of looking at the movie ratings and reviews before deciding whether to watch a movie or not. And the only names that come up to my mind for the same is IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. I’m sure same is your case too.

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But there is a serious issue with both of their grading system and luckily, I have a solution.

The problem is the adoption of Cardinal Utility approach in both of these websites. According to this approach, the utility derived from a commodity/service is measurable and can be expressed in quantitative terms. For e.g. In both of the websites in some or the other way they ask their users to quantify their satisfaction derived from a movie by rating on a scale of 1-10, in case of IMDb and 1-100% in case of rotten tomatoes.

Modern Economist has always discarded the concept of cardinal utility approach because according to them utility being the psychological phenomena cannot be measured theoretically, quantitatively and even cardinally.

So, what’s the solution then?

I devised a method called the Movie Busters Method (MBM) in which users instead of being asked to rate a movie based on a certain scale, will now be asked to categorize their preferences. The categories are:

  1. REDLIST: This category would basically include all the movies which a user likes and would recommend to everybody.
  2. WHITELIST: This category would basically include all the movies which a user a believes to be neutral, neither extremely good nor extremely bad. Something like a one-time watch movie.
  3. BLACKLIST: This category would basically include all the movies which a user considers a waste of time or not worth watching at all.
  4. STARLIST: This category would include the best of all movies, over and above Redlist.

After people start adopting the MBM method, a large database can be created and now the answer to the question, “Should I watch the movie or not?” can be easily determined, without being a victim of a biased review.

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