Last weekend was AWESOME!!
This Saturday, myself and Sandeep went to Adlabs IMAX, the only IMAX Dome theater in India. There are only three IMAX theatres in India, the other two being in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad respectively (both are flat IMAX 3D theatres). There, in the gaming arcade, we zipped on a nice bouncy ride in Thrillarium, in a short film called "Mazy Mine". Then we got to play a real game of Pong, and we tied at 6 each. Then after a quick bite, we went to see Robots.
First, we were overwhelmed by the IMAX (Think big) experience. IMAX supposedly features a projection system that's very powerful that it can use the moon as a screen, and a sound system that delivers a whopping 12KW of power output; Cool! We were greated by an intro IMAX movie of A. R. Rahman's Maa, Tujhe Salaam ... it filled us with an immense sense of national pride to see our tricolor on the magnificent dome screen.
Second, we loved the movie. The story features a young robot named Sparky who grows up to pursue his dream of becoming an inventor. As he moves on to Robot City, he discovers that the times have changed for the worse, thanks to the villains. A charming story, woven with brilliant humour and screenplay, ends with an action-packed climax and Sparky saves the day.
Third, I loved the graphics, and as realistic and complex as it can get. The animation was quite smooth and had a lot of elements to the scenes. Blue Sky Studios have done a lot of work, and CGIStudio has apparently grown since Ice Age. (And watch out for Ice Age 2!!) It is interesting to note that CGIStudio uses a renderer which can use direct 3D equations to generate the mesh/patches rather than polygons, resulting in better, easier, faithful modeling of the real world.. (the other renderers use simpler primitive polygons!) Making these movies involves a lot of effort, including Model sculpting, Rigging, Material creation, Volumetric effects, Dynamic Lighting through raytracing, Virtual Cameras and then Animation. Rendering each frame (1/24th of a second), calculating IK, multiple passes, post production and storage can take hours on a renderfarm (with hundreds of fast computers!) Blah this, Blah that! So there ... i've proved that these things can be very complex!
There are a few more excellent animation studios, and they are releasin' some nice movies this summer ... I can't wait to watch Cars by PIXAR and Madagascar by Dreamworks Animation SKG.
On Sunday, we picked up some trinkets at Big Bazaar in the MovieTime mall, Goregaon. After tucking in some Russian Salad and Pasta (mmmmm, Yummy!), we went to watch our second weekend movie ... D.
It's a very realistic story about how a man once lovingly called "Deshu" became the biggest underworld don ... the D. It's a very violent movie, and strictly not for kids. The movie was quite straightforward and fast, though I somehow felt that they squeezed the climax. The introductory "All characters ... are fictious. Any resemblance to ... is coincidental" made us laugh, but then ... you gotta make a movie legally and what not.
Overall, a smashin' weekend, and had lotsa' fun!! :)