Thursday, June 28, 2007
My worst nightmares were coming true! I was losing my mind...I was losing interest in music!.....
Along came HINDER and crashed my head against a wall and woke me up from my slumber. Life rushes thru my viens again!!!"Whoa! I'm still ALIVE !" YEaH!!
Listen to it Here:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Yup! He is the guy who worked on COD,Medal Of Honour and the likes. He worked in Dreamworks studios as Team Lead and then in EA.Read the Interview for more info.Also, the questionnaire was dumbed down completely by Tantra on Sunil's request coz no mention of COD was allowed and my whole questionnaire was on COD! and I did so much research on it!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
SHADOWS OF WHAT'S ABOUT TO COME
I messaged everybody in the morning to "ROCK ON!!" on world Music Day, after learning about it on the ever chattering FM channels, and the day, suddenly, turned bright! Soon I was replying to a lot of people about whether it was true, or what we are going to do in the office to celebrate it. We pondered over playing Rock all day in the office(that's a studio by the way!)! Soon, we were overcome with the frenzy and we decided to drown Himesh Reshammiya's( Chhamiya! would be better;P) voice with the booming sound of James Hetfield's vocal chords!
and my colleague Dirgha wanted Pink Floyd to play all day long, so she could get comfortably numb and write!(scriptwriter she is..). Soon, I was discussing with friends whether we'll have Independence Rock this year round or not( God do I wish they start it again!)!
On reaching office I realised that not many people were excited or moved or shaken out of their slumber by the fact that it was the world Music Day. It was just the three of us who were actually excited about it! Well, just three guys( sorry, two guys and a girl) doesn't make a big party, so I thought of spending the day drowning myself in the din of the likes of Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Alter Bridge and others and not to brood about the fact that there was no headbangers ball happening in my office. Had it been my earlier office(UTV), I would have created a ruckus and nobody would mind! but then, it's a new place where people work very silently.
Lo and Behold! out of the blue came this idea in Chand's brain,"Let's to go Hard Rock Cafe tonight!!" and there I was jumping aroud the whole place, I mean immediately checking whether there were any special events tonight, or did we require reservations?(Chand is our Tech. Director, by the way)
I called up the Cafe,
Me: "Are guys doing something special tonight?It's world Music Day!"
Cafe guy: "What?"
The guy called "Me" up there was completely devastated. They didn't know!!!
Me(mustering up courage): "Uh...ummm...What are you guys playing tonight?"
Cafe Guy:" Oh! Gary Lawyer Live Band is performing tonight."
Me(Smile as big as a laughing Buddha!): " Wow! Do we require reservations?"
Cafe Guy:" No, just come over."
And there we were! (of course, not immediately. It was about two mundane hours later, but who wants to know about that!) A place full of people wearing mundane "daily life" faces, which would break off very soon as music would make us come out of the false halo we carry around ourselves all day long!
STRAPPING UP FOR THE FINAL SHOWDOWN
We couldn't get a place to sit immediately,damn the "Cafe Guy" saying "just come over."! The night started with mingling around with the crowd for some time, looking around to see if we could spot someone we know. I found someone actually!Me, Dube and Dirgha had once gone to a workshop arranged by the Bimal Roy Memorial Film society, and the woman sitting in front of me right now was the anchor and host of that workshop.Alas! I didn't remember her name!, so we decided not to bother her (and get embarrassed for not knowing her name). Meanwhile, Pink floyd was playing in the background and my body had already starting swaying with the beat!
To be Continued.....
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
We caught up with Mathew Jeffrey, EA Talent Development Head, during his visit to India.Here's an overview of the chat we had with him. Some very intersting parts are missing...maybe I'll update that later!
Very soon I'll be posting the interview of the Technical Director of COD, so, watch out!!
Here are some Unique concepts! and some very unique character designs near the end!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I was looking out for Parallax and Steep Parallax Mapping on net and found out these pdfs and links.
Check this image to see what it looks like in CRYSIS! Also, there is tech demo vdo of Crytek displaying the realtime occlusion and self-shadowing with parallax mapping.
Parallax mapping has been used in Oblivion too, but it does not cast self shadows(occlusion).
Also, parallax mapping is disabled in the Source engine, but if used, does not support HDRI, as explained here:
and, yes, you can get mods for DOOM3 which will enable parallax mapping in DOOM3 engine here:
Right now, what I am trying to do is to find out, if this technique can also be used in rendered videos, as against just realtime footage. If anyone wants to add - Most Welcome!