Many Production Partners have come together on "The Boy and His Robot", giving their time, efforts, and resources for this experimental journey. This section highlights their different roles and contributions to make this adventure possible.
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Richmanclub Studios Pte Ltd is the award winning production company creating and leading the production of "The Boy and His Robot". We will be writing, planning, building, designing, shooting, editing, and creating the music to bring the world of the movie to life. Together with our production partners, we hope to create a new GPU and Cloud Computing based post production workflow, that just might change how things were traditionally done in terms of freedom in artistry, costs and time.
Incorporated in 2004, it has the experience and capabilities to create films from the development stage all the way to completion. Richopus Music and IVI VFX are departments in Richmanclub Studios that provide other post production services. Richopus Music provides full music production services from composition, performance, mixing to final mastering. The music from the movie will be composed and produced from here. IVI VFX provides special/visual effects, color grading, editing, and picture related post production services. The many visual effects from the movie will be forged from here.
Multi-plAtform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC) brings to "The Boy and His Robot" a wealth of experience, and cutting edge innovations from Professors, Researchers, and Staff. Numerous technology will be employed and showcased in the post production of the film from AMPS(Animation Management Production System), motion-capture, artificial intelligence powered crowd simulation, new modeling techniques, to GPU rendering and more. Together with Richmanclub Studios, "The Boy and His Robot" aims to be the platform to showcase new and affordable technologies that can be used in visual effects and other post production areas, in supporting the story-telling.
Multi-plAtform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC) is supported by the Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) hosted by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), and established in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 1st Nov 2012.
The objective of MAGIC is to champion efforts in research, development, education, commercialization and impact of digital games in Singapore. It hopes to establish and strengthen Singapore’s position as the leading hub in Asia for managing research, innovation, commercialization, application and impacts of digital games. With MAGIC, the Singapore Game Sector will not only see more exciting high-quality games created and published but also cutting-edge game tools/services created from the industry-relevant R&D undertaken. MAGIC will be redefining gameplay for game development facilitation & solution innovation.
MAGIC, as its name stands, aims to provide businesses and individuals a unique one-stop service that no existing research centres or companies can offer. It integrates and develops talents, skills, technologies and resources relating to the development, implementation, marketing and applications of digital games in Singapore and beyond. It is our hope that through MAGIC, individuals and businesses can enjoy the magical experience of digital games tailored to their needs and ultimately benefitting society as a whole.
Specifically, MAGIC addresses research, development, education, commercialization and impacts of both high-quality game contents and game development tools/products/services for all platforms ranging from PC, console, social network, mobile and other emerging platforms.
NVIDIA's groundbreaking technological advancements in the GPU(graphics processing unit) is what makes the experimental GPU journey of "The Boy and His Robot" possible. Together with MAGIC, they'll provide GPUs, expert technical knowledge, and support to capitalize their GPUs for the production of the film. Together with Richmanclub Studios, we aim to create a complete GPU-based visual effects final production work-flow that just might revolutionize the film industry. Using their latest Quadro K6000, and Tesla K20 GPUs, every image was rendered in minutes(and at times seconds) on them, instead of traditionally taking hours and even days.
NVIDIA awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. From its roots in visual computing, the company expanded into parallel computing and mobile computing. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smart phones to supercomputers. The company holds more than 2,300 patents worldwide, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing.
Sony's advancements in producing excellent equipment for Broadcast and Content Creation has freed many movie producers to capture and reproduce stunning pictures and sound from movie screens to the mobile devices in your hand. Their recent line of Digital Motion Picture Cameras, especially the high quality NEX-FS700K Camcorder, has captured the imagination of Director Rich who has shot with many different forms and brands of cameras in his 20 over years of filming. Now, an affordable camera, with picture quality to match major studios’ pictures, is within reach of smaller independent studios and cinematographers. With "The Boy and His Robot", Richmanclub Studios has compiled a list of "Independent-Ready" Broadcast and Content Creation equipment with advice and partnership from Sony, which will be put to the test in diverse filming conditions.
The "Independent-Ready" Sony Broadcast and Content Creation equipment that will be used in "The Boy and His Robot":
About Sony’s Professional Solutions Company (PSAP)
Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony’s Broadcast & Content Creation Solutions Asia Pacific business is established under Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), a division company under Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Ltd. It markets Sony’s leading broadcast systems, professional video and audio products in Asia other than Japan. It also provides customised business solutions, comprehensive technical support and after-sales service to help Sony’s customers stay at the forefront of their business.
OctaneRender™ will be the main GPU-based renderer employed in "The Boy and His Robot" to create the photorealistic imagery required of the film and it's post production workflow. With OctaneRender, we are able to not only render out final production images in seconds instead of minutes, but also visualize scenes with near final production quality. We could artistically experiment with different shader settings, lighting conditions, and apply various post processing filters like film stocks and bloom to quickly match our live-action footage. OctaneRender is truly a game-changer. It sure changed ours.
OctaneRender™ is the world's first GPU-based, un-biased, physically-based renderer equipped with real-time interactive texturing and lighting environment, post-processing capabilities and a multi-GPU support render engine to speed up the creation of photo-realistic images and film quality animations. OctaneRender™ is used alongside major 3D modelling applications with fully integrated plugins available for 3dsMax, Maya, Poser, Blender, LightWave, Cinema 4D, Daz Studio, Softimage, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit and Rhino. Integrated plugins for Modo, SketchUp and Carrara are currently in beta testing phase and are set to be released in the first quarter of 2014
Act-3D B.V.'s Lumion 4 is used in a unique manner in "The Boy and His Robot" to generate many photo-realistic environments seen in the movie. From conventionally time-consuming to generate volumetric clouds, water, natural phenomena, etc. Lumion 4 is able to provide an artist with real-time visualization feedback, and renders production quality images within minutes instead of hours.
About Act-3D B.V.
Founded in January 2001, Dutch based company Act-3D® B.V. was among the pioneers of hardware accelerated 3D software. Act-3D created Lumion to transform high end visualization technology into an indispensable tool for AEC professionals. Lumion is now used in over 60 different countries and currently 26 of 100 top architecture companies in the world use Lumion for their visualizations.
"The Boy and His Robot" needed a fast, cost-effective, groundbreaking motion capture solution. The production had a industry standard motion-capture system that cost a 6 figure sum at it's disposal. However, we needed a solution that can be made available to the masses. We needed a solution that was technically not prohibitive to the dreamer. We needed a solution that worked. And since Director Rich Ho was going to be the motion-capture actor for the lead and many of the robots, we needed to find a solution that did require him dressing up in a ridiculous suit. We found iPi Soft, and have not looked back. "The Boy and His Robot" will be the first feature film massively using markerless mocap technology from iPi Soft using merely gaming webcams (Sony PS Eye) to capture all the motion.
About iPi Soft, LLC Launched in 2008, iPi Soft, LLC is the Moscow-based developer of iPi Motion Capture™, a markerless motion capture software tool that uses sophisticated image processing and computer vision algorithms to recognize and track the human body. The company’s breakthrough technology digitizes the movement of a human skeleton, rendering it in expressive 3D characters for video games or computer. Recent projects that relied on iPi Motion Capture include the hit feature film “Now You See Me” and the upcoming horror classic reboot “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D” and the acclaimed videogame “Halo 4.”
Much of the actors were shot against blue and green chroma screens in both outdoor and indoor lighted environments. We needed a fast, powerful, and GPU powered solution for the compositing software to compute and visualize the many chroma screened action. Traditional tried and tested keyers begin to slow down upon being applied to the hundreds of layers of action. With 80% of the chroma screens being setup and scenes shot outdoors, we were subjected to winds, rain, and ever-changing lighting conditions. However, the GPU powered Robuskey from ISP, came to the rescue.
About Research Institute of Systems Planning, Inc.
Research Institute of Systems Planning, Inc. ("ISP") is a Tokyo-based software development company. Since foundation, ISP has kept staying on the edge of progressing technology including the field of medical information, device control, space exploration, communications, network, image processing and more. ISP has performed skills on software development, system integragration, consultation and technology/product development. ISP contributed to the project "The Boy and His Robot" with "ROBUSKEY", a patented chromakey technology. Visit ISP at http://www.isp.co.jp/en/
The world of "The Boy and His Robot" will not be complete without sounds and atmospheres. From the ironic sounds of stillness, to the intricately crafted robot engine charges, and to the carefully orchestrated sounds of robotic mayhem battles, Muse Post's Kazuo 'Kazz' Sato, will be providing the sound design and sound mixing for the entire movie.
About Muse Pte Ltd Muse Pte Ltd was established in Singapore since 1999. Throughout the years, we have grown in size and stature exploring new innovations in the media industry to deliver high quality, high value content for our clients. We offer state-of-the-art media production services and post-production facilities for media content creators ranging from Government bodies to educational institutions; TV stations to Production Houses; Record Companies and Advertising Agencies. Over the years, we build our client partnerships through trust, continuity, and the willingness to share ideas with complete commitment. We invest heavily in technological solutions. But innovation for its own sake is no progress at all. You will want to see that there is benefit for you, and that we can add value to your business, and help enhance your company's standings by collaborating / working with us. It is our job to make sure you know what options are available and what you stand to gain. Whether an established TV broadcaster, or a company looking to produce programmes for TV, advertising, or corporate videos, you can be sure your requirements will meet your business needs. Muse Post: Executive producer and founder Shariza Kamil; Producer/Art Director Samsuri Basak; Sound Designer Kazuo 'Kazz' Sato.
"The Boy and His Robot" aims to have a cinema quality final sound mix, and who else better to provide it than in the state of the art cinema sound mixing environment of Technicolor?
About Technicolor Sound Technicolor Sound offers a full range of sound services supported by acclaimed talent and state-of-the-art facilities. Our local creative houses provide our sound mixing and editorial teams with world-class tools to meet the sound design needs for feature films, broadcast television programs, video games, DVDs and various digital media. In addition to the boutique services found in our local creative houses, our global connectivity and vast talent pool allows for the best in breed sound services from all Technicolor Sound stages at your fingertips, no matter where your project is being worked on.