was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. His interest for computer
graphics and animation began when he got his first Atari 520 STFM and
Deluxe Paint; since then he made a brief stop at producing electronic
music until he finally stumbled upon the Video Graphics education and
got a copy of 3Dstudio MAX 2.5? from there on it's been all about
character animation, cg and visual effects.
In his spare time he hang out
with his friends and family, do his best to work out at least three
days a week, go for the occasional snow boarding trip, watch movies and
anything that?s visually interesting, and he does his best to develop
his artistic skills and works hard to become a better animator and cg
Death Fall: Hi Janak, Could you tell us how is the VFX industry in Sweden?
Janak Thakker: Hi. First of all
I want to thank you for your interest in me, Fido Film and the work
that we do. The VFX industry in Sweden is pretty small, there?s
something like 5-7 studios in Stockholm (the capital of Sweden) and
maybe 10 in total throughout the country. Then of course there?s some
small one or two-man kind of companies as well. Even though Sweden have
a strong history in film-making, it is not that common to see a Swedish
feature film with a lot of effects in it. Especially not character or
creature work. Fido Film raised the bar with it?s work on ?H?kan Br?kan & Josef?,
the very first Swedish feature film with a CG-character. Featuring a
fully animated turtle, acting and participating head to head with the
actors and fulfilling the visionary director Erik Leijonborg?s desires
to create something new in Swedish film, the movie was the dawn of a
new era for the film industry in Sweden.
Most of the VFX work done in
Sweden though is for commercials and music videos. Both domestic and
international productions. Working on commercials is good because most
of the time we have to deliver the highest quality of work within short
deadlines, so we evolve and develope our techniques to be as smooth as
possible and to allow us to meet the clients needs and ideas. The
downside though is that it can get very hectic at times, a lot to do
and no time wind down and relax. I still think the VFX industry in
Sweden is pretty immature, but it?s comming along nicely. Developing.
Growing. Becomming something that people really could to for the rest
of their lives, I think this is partly beacause of me and my peers that
have been around for some time are starting to get older and more
mature as well. People are starting to realize that you can actually do
this AND have a life at the same time. I think that this is partly
thanks to better planning and understanding from clients as well as the
people running the shops that the production of high end VFX isn?t
something that you do in the blink of an eye.
Fido Film's Home Page
Prince of Persia : Sands of Time
Enero 18, 2006
— Prince of Persia: The Movie
Syflex in ''Troy'' - special effect by Framestore CFC |
Mayo 24, 2004
— 1,000 ships of the Greek Armada with cloth simulator.
Enero 12, 2006
— View the Announcement Teaser
Cube 2: Hypercube - Trailer |
Marzo 18, 2003
— Remember the Cube? Now there is comming a new one, with more effects, take a look at the trailer.
MirrorMask - Trailer
Octubre 06, 2004
If you like fantasy films like "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal"
you'll like MirrorMask, from the creators of the comic "Sandman".
The Scorpion King |
Febrero 02, 2002
— a prequel to The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
Enero 28, 2002
— Comic Book Action Hero directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Racing Stripes - Trailer |
Noviembre 02, 2004
— A funny Live-Action/CGI movie, the flies rocks!
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