Patna studio behind Amazing visual effects in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Patna, May 2: When your amazing Spider-Man hung from one skyscraper to another in New York, a Patna-based firm was actually weaving the effects for the webby hero.

The feels-like-as-it-happens visual effect during the action sequences in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that released on Thursday was designed at Kidwaipuri’s Filaments Visual Effects Studio.

The animation and visual effect studio created most of the visual effects, including rotoscoping, digital painting (wire-rig removal/clean plating), 3D matchmoving and 3D conversion in the latest sequel of the Spider-Man series that as of May 1 had earned $155 million in the early territories it has been released in.

A team of 70 designers stationed in the Kidwaipuri studio completed the visual effects in two months. Headquartered in California, the studio was set up in 2004 in Kidwaipuri as well in US. It has been into special effects in noted Hollywood flicks such as 300: Rise of An Empire, Thor: The Dark World and Piranha 3D in the past 10 years. Though Filaments has worked with most of the visual effect houses in United States, it handled the entire visual effects and other post-production work in the Will Smith-starrer I-Robot (2004).

The studio was founded by Patna boy Amit Dhawal (director) and special effects producer Justine Whitehead, who handles the California operations. Dhawal (37), an alumnus of St Michael’s High School and AN College, shifted to US in 1996 “to excel in the field of visual effects and graphics designing”.

“I was inclined towards fine arts and animation from my childhood. I bagged nearly 75 awards in Patna before shifting to US. I moved to the US in 1996 to pursue advanced studies in animation,” Dhawal said.

With the experience he gathered, Dhawal decided to set up his own studio and his first major Hollywood project was 2005 blockbuster The Legend of Zorro. Since then there was no looking back. Filaments is working on four movies simultaneously at present.

Source: The Telegraph

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