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Indian connection at the Oscars


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Though there is no film entry from India for the Oscars this year, people hailing from the country have managed to find a place.

Kish Sadhvani, founder and CEO of Kish Optics, a lens maker in north Hollywood, has been named winner of the 2004 Academy Award for Technical Achievement.

Besides that, this year's Oscars have another Indian connection.

This week's telecast of the 76th annual awards ceremony will boast of dazzling computer-generated graphics that were designed and executed by famed motion picture graphics' creator-producer Kyle Cooper, CEO of Prologue Films. Assisting Cooper's Los Angeles-based production team was a team of computer artists and engineers at Visual Computing Labs studios in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Visual Computing Labs is a Division of Tata Elxsi. It is among India's leading animation, visual effects and media engineering groups.

Cooper's imagery will include all of the international telecast's remarkable "liquid gold" opening and closing titles and credits, all titles and visuals used to introduce Oscar nominees and Oscar winners, the visuals used to introduce each programme segment, and transitional images between segments.

The VCL teams assisted Prologue Films in developing the visuals and movement for the "liquid gold," as well as prototyping various early design elements.

All of Cooper's specified design elements were sent to India digitally, via Tata high-speed Internet links, and all of VCL's executed work was similarly delivered back to Prologue Films digitally.

Cooper said: "The Tata team worked tirelessly, day and night, to provide everything that we requested. We were continually impressed with their creative excellence, with their ability to deliver seamlessly -- almost as though they were around the corner, rather than around the globe -- and with their hands-on attention in Los Angeles. We certainly look forward to working with them again."


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