The Boy And His Robot Feature Film Announcement
Singaporean Director Partners International Brands to Produce Asia’s First Live-Action Mecha Movie
Singapore, 16 January 2014 – Rich Ho, director and founder of Richmanclub Studios has been collaborating with international brands such as NVIDIA, SONY, Technicolor and OTOY Octane Render to create Asia’s first live-action Mecha feature film, The Boy And His Robot (TBAHR). Working with NVIDIA, this feature film also challenges conventional production technologies to be the first fully GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) rendered feature film in post-production. The first teaser trailer will be released on 16 January 2014 with the final movie release in 2nd half of 2014. TBAHR is also moving ahead of the curve: by collaborating with YouTube, the live action made-for-cinema movie will be made available to audiences online at YouTube for free. It aims to change the paradigm of movie experiences, moving it away from cinemas to the comfort of your own home.
To date international partnerships include SONY, NVIDIA, OTOY’s GPU based OctaneRender, Technicolor, Act-3D, iPi Soft, Muse Pte Ltd, YouTube, Research Institute of Systems Planning, Inc. in Japan and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University’s Multi-plAtform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC). Besides international brands and institutions, artists from Singapore, Russia, France, China and South Korea are handling a variety of work from 3D modelling to Texturing. These artists have worked on major films and games such as: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, Pacific Rim, Star Trek: Into The Darkness, Uncharted 3, Medal of Honor, Kill Zone, and Iron Man 3 game. This partnership makes TBAHR one of the biggest global film collaboration ever done in Singapore.
“The Boy and His Robot started out in late 2012; as a personal story of friendship that is personified between a soldier and his battle robot. However, as the story got developed, large scale fantastical scenes and characters began to surround the central characters. I knew that the traditional way of movie production would be too costly and time consuming to allow the story to be brought from paper to reality. A new production method powered by new technology needs to be developed. And thus began the journey of seeking production partners and artists who are adventurous enough to experiment and create change. And I am humbled that many international partners decided to take the risk with this movie, and dive in to pioneer a new movie production workflow that just might revolutionize the film industry in terms of time and costs. It’s a new faster and better way of working, which essentially frees artists to focus on creation, and ultimately entertaining the public with a dramatic, action-filled, live-action Mecha movie,” said Rich.
About the Boy And His Robot
Live-action Mecha movies such as Transformers and Pacific Rim have always been created by Hollywood, but now Asia will have its first. 小弟的机器人 (The Boy And His Robot) is the first of a planned trilogy of feature films set in a futuristic world where humans on Earth and Mars are in constant battle for limited resources. War erupted when the leaders on Mars decided to exert totalitarian control over everyone.
The main character, Recruit Kai, is an unassuming, soft-spoken, 19-year-old recruit who unwittingly aced his selection examinations into the army’s elite force, the Mecha Corps. Along with his fighter robot, he is unceremoniously nicknamed “little boy”. As he struggles to keep up and fit in with his fellow trainees, Kai’s desire and frustration to prove himself pushes him to discover his true abilities and a special friendship with his robot.
TBAHR is a fast-paced, science-fiction action adventure, filled with epic robot battles, centred on an intimate story about friendship and sacrifice.
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Science Fiction
Subtitles: English / Chinese / Others
Runtime: 60 – 90 minutes
Directed and Story by: Rich Ho Kok Tai
First fully rendered GPU post production feature film
This film aims to break new ground by partnering with companies and institutions that produce innovative technologies, by incorporating visual effects that are almost entirely rendered by GPUs, and by utilizing cloud computing power – a feat never attempted before. Through making this movie, rendering tests have demonstrated that an image that traditionally took hours on CPU, can be done in less than 1 minute on three NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs. Images reaching final render quality were visualized in near-real time using a single NVIDIA Quadro K6000. Industry tests of rendering have shown that a GPU can perform 68 times faster than a CPU (Central Processing Unit). To achieve the same results, a GPU costs just 7.6 percent of a CPU’s cost.
“Filmmakers choose NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics when they want to tell their visual stories faster and better,” said Sandeep Gupta, senior director of Product Marketing for the Quadro Professional Graphics Business at NVIDIA. “Employing our most powerful GPU, the Quadro K6000, creative professionals like those at Richmanclub Studios realize amazing digital characters and visual effects in dramatically accelerated workflows.”
Sam Lapere, project manager for OctaneRender at OTOY New Zealand, also adds, “We are pleased to collaborate with Richmanclub Studios and their partners for this project and we are thrilled to see the very first movie with special effects rendered entirely with OctaneRender. As independent studios and film makers like Richmanclub Studios delve into GPU rendering, they can attest to the huge improvements in artist workflow and acknowledge the time and cost savings brought by the technology in the process of rendering visual effects. This movie signals the arrival of GPU-rendering in the Film and VFX industry and we hope it will be the catalyst for more studios to use OctaneRender in their pipeline and deploy GPU-rendering in more feature films.”
Also working closely with Richmanclub Studios is Nanyang Technological University’s Multi-plAtform Game Innovation Centre (MAGIC). Prof Seah Hock Soon, Director of MAGIC, said, “We are pleased to be on board for exploratory journey with Rich and other partners. It is a great opportunity to apply our various technologies, such as GPU-based Networked Rendering, Asset Management & Production System, and Artificial Intelligence, to this practical film production as a pilot test-bedding to increase productivity. The first-line feedback from Rich continuously drives the R&D in a fast pace to keep up with the production schedule. As validated by this film production, these technologies along with others will be provided through our Future Studios Research Lab@NTU (FSR Lab) hosted in MAGIC, which aims to help more studios to create high-quality films, animations and games while lowering production cost, shortening time to market and enabling work to be executed cross borders more powerfully and effectively than before.”
The success of this film will challenge the traditional technology in film making and open new doors for film makers. In the past, smaller independent studios had to struggle with having their vision hampered by the cost and time restrictions from traditional technology in film making. This film will demonstrate the possibility to create the look of a Hollywood blockbuster, with the budget of a small dramatic film.
“In the past, smaller independent studios like mine, had to struggle with having our vision hampered by the cost and time restrictions from traditional technology in movie making. Compromise in quality always seems to be spoken about, and much time is spent on making things work rather than focusing on the artistry of creation and storytelling. Now, with the advent of cloud computing and GPU rendering specific to the creation of films, things might just change for the better. And with The Boy and His Robot we hope to take the risk, and jump in to find out. I aim to bring this story to life by partnering with international companies and research institutions that produce ground-breaking technologies. And using the concept of an “international virtual studio workspace”, I got to work with talented artists across the globe. With this mix of art and technology, we seek to produce and showcase the world’s first live-action movie with a dramatic story supported by visual effects that are almost entirely rendered by GPUs, and create a new GPU-based post production workflow that may revolutionize the film industry in terms of speed and costs,” said Rich.
|Find out more atYouTube link to Teaser Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE6T5NkL6aY&hd=1
Movie Website: www.theboyandhisrobot.com
Movie YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/tbahrmovie
Google Plus: http://www.google.com/+theboyandhisrobotmovie
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About Production Company – Richmanclub Studios Pte. Ltd.
Founded by Rich Ho Kok Tai, Richmanclub Studios was registered and incorporated in Singapore on the 6th June 2004 as a motion pictures production company.
Richmanclub Studios’ first official production was the short film, “The Alien Invasion” in 2004, which involved a massive cast of over 80. “The Alien Invasion” has been shown around the world, including being the first Singaporean film to be nominated for the “Chinese Oscar”, The Golden Horse Awards 2004 for “Best International Digital Short Film”.
Other awards that the studio had picked up were “Special Technical Achievement Award” (Hive Film Festival), “Audience Favorite” (Substation First Take) and being the first Singaporean to receive an Asia-Pacific wide “Gold Award-Digital Art” (ACMSIGGRAPH ComGraph).
Richmanclub Studios was also an early adopter of online film distribution. In May 2006, the studios started building the online theatre and community, with the aim of sharing short films and future online entertainment series with audiences worldwide. The world’s first full-scale Digital Launch of “The Alien Invasion” has also successfully garnered viewership from over hundreds of thousands through online streaming, and all major digital devices, gaining industry recognition for this innovative means of film distribution.
In 2011, Richmanclub Studios launched 2 additional departments. Richopus Music was established in 2011 to offer music production services, and IVI VFX was setup to provide post production services.
In 2013, Richmanclub Studios is leading an international partnership of SONY, NVIDIA, Technicolor, Nanyang Technological University’s MAGIC, OTOY’s OctaneRender, Muse Post, Act-3D Lumion, iPi Soft LLC, and ISP Technologies, in producing the movie “The Boy and His Robot”. Where Richmanclub Studios seeks to create a new film production workflow that is completely based on Graphics Processing Units (GPU), which will potentially revolutionize the film industry.
Visit Richmanclub Studios Pte Ltd at www.richmanclub.com
Visit Richopus Music at www.richopus.com
Visit IVI VFX at ivi.richmanclub.com
About Production Partners and contribution
Since 1993, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has pioneered the art and science of visual computing. The company’s technologies are transforming a world of displays into a world of interactive discovery — for everyone from gamers to scientists, and consumers to enterprise customers. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/ and http://blogs.nvidia.com/.
Nanyang Technological University’s MAGIC
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 technologies will be employed and showcased in the post production of the film from AMPS (Asset Management Production System), motion-capture, artificial intelligence powered crowd simulation, new modelling 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.
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.
Visit NTU MAGIC at http://magic.ntu.edu.sg/innovation/devproj/boyrobot
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:
PVM-1741 (17” Broadcast OLED Monitor)
DMX-PO1 Portable Digital Mixer
UWP-V1 Wireless Microphone
OTOY is a leading developer of innovative software solutions, as well as a provider of convergence technologies, original content, and special effects for the video game and film industries. OTOY works with a wide range of studios, game developers and visualization companies to create leading-edge visual and entertainment experiences.
OctaneRender™ will be one of the main GPU-based renderers employed in The Boy And His Robot to create the photorealistic imagery required of the film and its post-production workflow. 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.
Visit OctaneRender™ at http://render.otoy.com/
Visit OTOY at www.otoy.com
Leveraging its unique and long lasting experience in the Movie, Media and Telecommunications industries, Technicolor brings the exciting digital experience to the end-user in theatres and at home through the Digital Home network, by offering its best in class innovative technologies, services and products to the Media and Entertainment industry.
Visit Technicolor at http://www.technicolor.com/
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.
Muse Post 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.
Visit Muse Post at http://www.musepost.com/#1
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/
Founded in 1998 and officially registered in January 2001, Act-3D B.V. is the privately owned
company behind Lumion. Based in Leiden, The Netherlands, Act-3D is dedicated to the development of user-friendly real-time 3D software.
Act-3D was among of the pioneers when the first 3D acceleration hardware became commonplace. After several years of experience in simulation, training, architecture, TV and film Act-3D decided to focus on architectural visualization. Our goal is to transform high end visualization technology so regular AEC professionals can use it. Act-3D software is used all over the world, we have people working for us in more than 5 countries and currently Lumion is the most popular modern visualization solution available.
Visit Lumion, Act-3D at http://lumion3d.com/contact/
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.”
Visit iPi Soft athttp://ipisoft.com/