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09/04/2021
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JHI has teamed up with Tau Films to launch the first FastForward programme in Creature FX (CFX) conducted by Tau Films CFX Supervisor, Anubhav Pandey. The 4-week intensive, remote- training programme is aimed at its Malaysia and India locations only and is offered free of charge to qualified applicants.
More info here:
https://buff.ly/3h15Yix

Speed, performance, creativity...these are the vaunted keystones of the 2021 ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Series. They ...
07/20/2021
The Experience of Flying High — Tau Films

Speed, performance, creativity...these are the vaunted keystones of the 2021 ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Series. They also reflect “the big ask” of artists at Tau films who worked on the ROG commercial, which features a falcon (one of the fastest animals on the planet) flying through a lush, full-CG environment, where the ASUS ROG laptops are equally at home.
We spoke to Karishma Mirashi, Tau Films Lookdev Artist, about her work on the ASUS ROG commercial.

Speed, performance, creativity...these are the vaunted keystones of the 2021 ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Series. They also reflect “the big ask” of artists at Tau films who worked on the ROG commercial, which features a falcon (one of the fastest animals on the planet) flying through a lush, f...

ASUS ROG Series Takes Flight in Full-CG Commercial.Tau Films created the look, animation, and VFX in this full-CG commer...
07/15/2021
ASUS ROG Series 2021 commercial

ASUS ROG Series Takes Flight in Full-CG Commercial.
Tau Films created the look, animation, and VFX in this full-CG commercial for ASUS 2021 Republic of Gamers (ROG) Series.
#ASUS #ROG #ASUS_ROG #TauFilms

Tau Films created the look, animation, and VFX in this full-CG commercial for ASUS 2021 Republic of Gamers (ROG).

Tau/JHI Grill-and-Chill at the Brookside Park in Pasadena, Sunday, June 27, 2021.
07/01/2021

Tau/JHI Grill-and-Chill at the Brookside Park in Pasadena, Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Tau/JHI Grill-and-Chill at the Brookside Park in Pasadena, Sunday, June 27, 2021.

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07/01/2021

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Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor Walt Jones talks about the contrasts between the human- and monster-worlds in Weira...
06/29/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Walt Jones

Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor Walt Jones talks about the contrasts between the human- and monster-worlds in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).

"Everything in the monster world is a crooked line," noted Walt. "None of the corners are 90-degree corners and we brought in as many saturated colors and detail into it as we could to make that monster world pop out and be strikingly different from the human world."

Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor Walt Jones talks about the contrasts between the human- and monster-worlds in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021)."E...

Artist from Tau are putting numerous hours to get the vision of Tsui Hark,Chen Kaige and  Dante Lam on the big screen. h...
06/24/2021
Cannes: Tsui Hark, Chen Kaige and Dante Lam Co-Direct China’s Most Expensive Film Ever

Artist from Tau are putting numerous hours to get the vision of Tsui Hark,Chen Kaige and Dante Lam on the big screen.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/chinas-most-expensive-film-ever-1234972528/

The biggest-budgeted Chinese film ever made is heading to the 2021 Cannes Marche du Film. Bona Film Group’s Korean War epic The Battle at Lake Changjin, co-directed by A-list Chinese filmmake…

Tau Films Production Manager Ming Qiu discusses her role at Tau Films and her favourite sequence, the Red Tower Arena Fi...
06/10/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Ming Qiu

Tau Films Production Manager Ming Qiu discusses her role at Tau Films and her favourite sequence, the Red Tower Arena Fighting sequence, in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). Ming specifically calls attention to the design and animation of the Red Monster character by Tau Films.

"Every move on the Red Monster's face and body has to make sense in terms of human emotions," said Ming. "I personally think that it's a challenging thing to do even for a human actor, now imagine we have to do that digitally."

Tau Films Production Manager Ming Qiu discusses her role at Tau Films and her favourite sequence, the Red Tower Arena Fighting sequence, in Weiran Li's "The ...

Tau Films FX Supervisor Karl Kohlman revisits the complex FX work of the Cimu-hand transformation in Weiran Li's "The Yi...
05/29/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Karl Kohlman

Tau Films FX Supervisor Karl Kohlman revisits the complex FX work of the Cimu-hand transformation in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). In one of the most memorable shots in the movie, the giant Cimu-hand breaks through a pack of ice sheets on top of a heavily-packed, frozen soil.

"We are mixing different textures and trying to find an interesting level of realims," recalled Karl. "It doesn't just occur to everyone when you say that we are just going to make this hand come up from the ground."

Tau Films FX Supervisor Karl Kohlman revisits the complex FX work of the Cimu-hand transformation in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). In one of the m...

Tau Films Production Manager Siew Lai Chin reveals why the Red Monster is her cherished character in Weiran Li's "The Yi...
05/18/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Siew Lai Chin

Tau Films Production Manager Siew Lai Chin reveals why the Red Monster is her cherished character in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).

"I felt that the body and facial animation of Red Monster including the storyline and plot touched my heart," noted Siew Lai. "That would be my favourite shot."

According to Siew Lai, the scope of the project and the timeline presented exceptional challenges. "Tau Films did really well with the quality of work," added Siew Lai. "And with keeping our momentum up during these long spells of production time."

Tau Films Production Manager Siew Lai Chin reveals why the Red Monster is her cherished character in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). "I felt that th...

Tau Films Lead Animator Senthil Velan revisits the character animation work on three of his favourite sequences in Weira...
05/12/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Senthil Velan

Tau Films Lead Animator Senthil Velan revisits the character animation work on three of his favourite sequences in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
Referring to the Mountain Forest sequence, Senthil acknowledged the contribution of the live-action crew. "You have to really appreciate the level of effort taken by the crew on the set,' noted Senthil. "Because without their help, this sequence could not be done properly."

Tau Films Lead Animator Senthil Velan revisits the character animation work on three of his favourite sequences in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). R...

Tau Films Systems Supervisor Ronald Khoo talks about the "care and feeding" of the Tau Films' global computing systems t...
05/06/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Ronald Khoo

Tau Films Systems Supervisor Ronald Khoo talks about the "care and feeding" of the Tau Films' global computing systems that powered the imagery in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
There were a lot of characters that were beautifully detailed," noted Ronald. "There was fur, there was action...all these things add up to a lot of rendering. I had to work with our Lighting and Pipeline teams to make sure that they chopped up the tasks into pieces that would tessellate well into our render farms so that we could get everything rendered out on time."
"Everything we do at Tau FIlms, to a certain degree, has to do with computers," added Ronald. "So, I end up supporting a lot of different teams."

Tau Films Systems Supervisor Ronald Khoo talks about the "care and feeding" of the Tau Films' global computing systems that powered the imagery in Weiran Li'...

Tau Films is currently scouting for talent to work on some exciting and challenging upcoming projects! Roles include: Pi...
05/04/2021
Tau Films Careers

Tau Films is currently scouting for talent to work on some exciting and challenging upcoming projects! Roles include: Pipeline Developer,�Lighting Artist, and Animator. For detailed job descriptions, or to apply, please visit: https://buff.ly/3tiLchN
#hiring #TauFilms #vfxjobs

Tau Films Production Coordinator Anuja Jayarajan discusses the scale and complexity of the Final Bridge Battle (FBB) seq...
05/01/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" w ith Anuja Jayarajan

Tau Films Production Coordinator Anuja Jayarajan discusses the scale and complexity of the Final Bridge Battle (FBB) sequence in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
"There were environments, props, anim, techanim, matte paints, crowds, effects...everything," said Anuja. "I don't think that there was anything that we didn't do in the FBB sequence."
According to Anuja, her main job as the Animation Coordinator was to get a globally-dispersed team of animators "on the same page". To assist the supervisors, she had "to help the artists with data that they needed -- dailies, recordings, and notes."

Tau Films Production Coordinator Anuja Jayarajan discusses the scale and complexity of the Final Bridge Battle (FBB) sequence in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Mas...

In one of four interviews that make up the series, 2021 Pre-Oscar Insights - Talk with The Master (with Coca Xie of Chin...
04/29/2021
It's All About the Details — Tau Films

In one of four interviews that make up the series, 2021 Pre-Oscar Insights - Talk with The Master (with Coca Xie of China Entertainment), Tau Films/John Hughes Institute (JHI) Co-Founder and CEO John Hughes, discusses his pioneering involvement with computer-graphics imagery, and the stories that appeal to audiences.
"For me, it's not about the visual effect," adds John. "It's about the people. I am in this business because I get to work with artists."

In one of four interviews that make up the series, 2021 Pre-Oscar Insights - Talk with The Master  (with Coca Xie of China Entertainment), Tau Films/ John Hughes Institute (JHI) Co-Founder and CEO John Hughes , discusses his pioneering involvement with computer-graphics imagery, and the

Tau Films Former Sequence Supervisor Andreas Jablonka discusses the Red Tower Arena sequence and the two phases of the R...
04/26/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" Andreas Jablonka

Tau Films Former Sequence Supervisor Andreas Jablonka discusses the Red Tower Arena sequence and the two phases of the Red Monster character that were pivotal to Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
"It was a beautiful practical set that the production team had built" said Andreas. "And we extended the set up to 13 more levels." According to Andreas, the majestic fight arena and the animation of the Red Monster allowed Tau Films animators to "show our chops in character animation."

Tau Films Former Sequence Supervisor Andreas Jablonka discusses the Red Tower Arena sequence and the two phases of the Red Monster character that were pivota...

Tau Films Animation Lead Jeetendra Bhagtani dissects the Peach Tree transformation shot and explains how the animators b...
04/20/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Jeetendra Bhagtani

Tau Films Animation Lead Jeetendra Bhagtani dissects the Peach Tree transformation shot and explains how the animators brought to life the Director's vision in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021). In the context of the epic Final Battle sequence, Jeetendra talks about the close involvement of the animation team in the choreography of the Hand Fight shots in the sequence.

"We were one of the major studios involved in this project, being involved with it from the location shooting to the final product," noted Jeetendra. "We kind of grew with this movie. Some of our animators connected personally with characters in YYS and their emotional arcs."

Tau Films Animation Lead Jeetendra Bhagtani dissects the Peach Tree transformation shot and explains how the animators brought to life the Director's vision ...

In this bilingual interview (English/Chinese), Tau Films Lighting Artist Kai Zhi Chiang talks about the lighting and lay...
04/13/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Kai Zhi Chiang

In this bilingual interview (English/Chinese), Tau Films Lighting Artist Kai Zhi Chiang talks about the lighting and layout challenges of the environments featured in the Final Battle sequence of Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
"This project was a huge opportunity to step up my game, in a way."noted Kai Zhi."I really learned a lot." According to him, the Tau Films team had to " nail the environment right" to avoid making it seem like a miniature set.
"One of the benefits of working at Tau Films is that we get the schedule flexibility of work/life. I am still able to maintain that balance," added Kai Zhi.

In this bilingual interview (English/Chinese), Tau Films Lighting Artist Kai Zhi Chiang talks about the lighting and layout challenges of the environments fe...

Tau Films Animation TD Prachi Nagwekar talks about the sheer scale of character- and crowd-animation work for the final ...
04/07/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Prachi Nagwekar

Tau Films Animation TD Prachi Nagwekar talks about the sheer scale of character- and crowd-animation work for the final battle sequence in Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master" (2021).

"It was great fun to visualize the sequence and make it come alive on screen."said Prachi.

Tau Films Animation TD Prachi Nagwekar talks about the sheer scale of character- and crowd-animation work for the final battle sequence in Weiran Li's "The Y...

Tau Films Rigging Supervisor Bharat Sabharwal talks about the muscle dynamics, simulation/rigging setup of the Red Monst...
03/29/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Bharat Sabharwal

Tau Films Rigging Supervisor Bharat Sabharwal talks about the muscle dynamics, simulation/rigging setup of the Red Monster and Cimu Large Hand in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021).

"The rigging setup presented us with some good R&D opportunities to help our animators facilitate the overall transformation of the Red Monster character." noted Bharat. "It was fun to work on this character. This is one of my favourite characters in the show."

Tau Films Rigging Supervisor Bharat Sabharwal talks about the muscle dynamics, simulation/rigging setup of the Red Monster and the Cimu Large Hand in Weiran ...

Tau Films Client-Side Animation Director CJ Sarachene recounts the global animation crew's notable task of animating the...
03/24/2021
Bringing a Monster From The Yinyang Master to Life — Tau Films

Tau Films Client-Side Animation Director CJ Sarachene recounts the global animation crew's notable task of animating the only talking monster, Port Master, in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Monster" (2021). "The unique thing about Port Master is that he is a monster who is speaking Chinese," noted CJ. "To the monster, Chinese is a foreign language."
https://taufilms.com/news-source/bringing-a-monster-of-the-yinyang-master-to-life

Tau Films Client-Side Animation Director, CJ Sarachene, discusses the art of directing a global animation crew through the COVID-19 pandemic for Weiran Li’s, The Yinyang Master (2021). Tell us about how the animation crew met their quotas despite the pandemic? Having studios all working rem

Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor Justin Jones talks about the global VFX workflow during the pandemic and the sequen...
03/20/2021
Fantasy to Feature: Behind the VFX of "The Yinyang Master" — Tau Films

Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor Justin Jones talks about the global VFX workflow during the pandemic and the sequence that set the bar for the level of VFX work in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
"We had an enormous amount of work to do and not a lot of time," recalled Justin. "Communication was the key..."

Tau Films Client-Side VFX Supervisor, Justin Jones , dissects the sheer enormity of VFX work for Weiran Li’s, “The Yinyang Master” (2021). While providing an inside look into the global workflows, Justin recalls the challenges of delivering VFX shots in a post-production schedule that was freq...

Now showing on Netflix:"The Yinyang Master" (2021), directed by Weiran Li, and featuring VFX work by Tau Films.
03/19/2021
The Yin Yang Master | Netflix Official Site

Now showing on Netflix:
"The Yinyang Master" (2021), directed by Weiran Li, and featuring VFX work by Tau Films.

A feud erupts between realms, and Yin Yang master Qing Ming teams up with disgraced guard Yuan Boya to vanquish a demonic threat as a conspiracy looms.

Tau Films Art Director/Concept Designer Alfonso de la Torre takes us on a tour of the character/concept design process f...
03/18/2021
Tale of The Yinyang Monsters — Tau Films

Tau Films Art Director/Concept Designer Alfonso de la Torre takes us on a tour of the character/concept design process for the three of the pivotal CG creatures in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021).
"When there is no clue as to what we want," noted Alfonso, "I like to start with a sketch."

Tau Films Art Director/Concept Designer Alfonso de la Torre describes the process of designing the two monsters in Weiran Li’s, “The Yinyang Master” (2021). In a fantasy world, where monsters frequently cross paths with humans, there’s bound to be some kind of kinship between the two. For

The Netflix release date for Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master," is March 19, 2021:
03/16/2021
The Yin Yang Master | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Netflix release date for Weiran Li's "The Yinyang Master," is March 19, 2021:

Yin Yang Master, Qingming, is in peril as a result of the covenant he made with the monsters and the disturbance considered to be his fault. Meanwhile, the e...

Tau Films Senior Compositor/Lookdev Artist Jackie Cooper describes her work relating to the color palette, the look of t...
03/12/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Jackie Cooper

Tau Films Senior Compositor/Lookdev Artist Jackie Cooper describes her work relating to the color palette, the look of the hero characters, and the idea of the bridge collapsing in the Final Bridge Battle sequence in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021). The bridge itself was shot in multiple locations and Jackie discusses the task of aligning the bridge footages into "one, big piece."

"Oftentimes, as a Compositor, you are choosing the final look." noted Jackie."And you are trying to develop the look over multiple sequences."

Tau Films Senior Compositor/Lookdev Artist describes her work relating to the color palette, the look of the hero characters, and the idea of the bridge coll...

Tau FIlms VFX Supervisor Pranesh Chavan explains why the Final Bridge Battle sequence is his favourite sequence in Weira...
03/09/2021
Behind the Scenes of "The Yinyang Master" with Tau Films VFX Supervisor Pranesh Chavan

Tau FIlms VFX Supervisor Pranesh Chavan explains why the Final Bridge Battle sequence is his favourite sequence in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021). The sequence faithfully recreates the passage of time by the dint of the CG environments and the lighting of the characters.
"Showing scale was one of the challenges of the battle sequence,"added Pranesh."We had to keep trying to exaggerate the depth and the distance of the CG environment elements to make the shots aesthetically pleasing."

Tau FIlms VFX Supervisor Pranesh Chavan explains why the Final Bridge Battle sequence is his favourite sequence in Weiran Li's, "The Yinyang Master" (2021). ...

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Unofficial count by Ian's own admission, but fun to see Tau be at the top of the list!
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Happy 5th anniversary dear Tau!!!