Sunday, December 19, 2010

The INK Conference: Updates and Pics

So, it was a blast at The INK Conference on 10-12 Dec 2010 in LAVASA, Mumbai. Here is some pics I took.


Painting of Lakshmi Pratury and Shivam Gupta at The INK Conference


Shivam Sai Gupta, the youngest fellow of INK Conference / TED India
Shivam Gupta giving a talk at The INK Conference on 12th Dec 2010

Billboard painting of Shivam Gupta, the youngest game developer in India


Monday, December 13, 2010

New VFX Showreel and VFX Clip

As I promised, I've posted my latest VFX showreel and a brand new VFX clip I made for my presentation at INK Conference.


VFX Short Film







VFX Reel 2010



These videos has been premiered at The INK Conference, in association with TED on 12 Dec 2010. The conference is the god of all conferences and a 'must' come-back one.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Watch Shivam Sai Gupta's talk LIVE!


As you know Shivam Sai Gupta, one of the 21 fellows of The INK Conference, in association with TED is going to talk tomorrow. You can watch him LIVE sitting in home if you missed the conference.

His talk is between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM IST on 12 Dec 2010 Sunday IST.
Don't Miss! -> http://ink.indiatimes.com/

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shivam Sai Gupta is now an INK fellow!

Shivam Sai Gupta, who recently appeared as a speaker at NASSCOM Animation And Games Conclave is now an INK fellow. The 14 year old wonder kid developed the 3D FPS Shooter for PC based on 26 11 Mumbai Terror Attacks, which got lots of payers around the world and got published by UTV IndiaGames Ltd. UTV IndiaGames and he donated it free and you can download it here.

Shivam Sai Gupta

The Intel LevelUp Contest winner will be giving a little talk at The Ink Conference is going to be what you never thought of. 

In addition to participating as full members of The INK Conference audience, the INK Fellows will participate in a pre-conference INK Fellows Talks, where they will each deliver a short talk and collaborate with their peers. They will also participate in the INK community throughout the next year by telling their ongoing stories on the INK Fellows blog and participating in a private social network.


He will also be presenting his never-seen-before stunning works. Catch him at 10-12 in LAVASA at The Ink Conference. Register Now!

Excluding Shivam Sai Gupta, the other 19 fellows of The Ink Conference are:

Madhu Acharya is one of the founding members of the Antenna Foundation, and his pioneering work includes introducing mobile radio into remote villages in Nepal.

Ashwini AC is a sprint athlete from Udupi district who has won gold medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Sophie Morgan is an entrepreneur, a product designer, a television presenter, a model and campaigner who's work is centered around changing how disability is perceived and considered within society.

Guillermo Rivero is cofounder of Pase Usted, a project that aims to create a collective knowledge of positive ideas that would benefit Mexican society with creative solutions.

Vinay Gidwaney is a serial entrepreneur who not only writes software to influence the brain, but also helps people build healthy behavior and emotions into their daily life

Sharada Srinivasan is an Archaeological scientist, technical art historian, dancer and professor.

Chintakindi Mallesham is an inventor who's built a machine that has mechanized the most tedious part of weaving traditional Poochampally sarees, and has ushered in a revolution in the weaver community in India.

Joi Barua is an singer making waves in the advertising, music and film circuit in India.

Chakshu Roy heads technology initiatives at PRS Legislative research, developing a comprehensive technology strategy to engage large sections of the Indian population in policy making.

Susant Pattnaik is a 17 year old inventor who's built a breathing sensor apparatus that helps physically challenged people to operate a wheelchair using changes in breathing.

Ayah Bdeir is an interactive artist, and graduate of the MIT media lab, whose work is at the intersection of art, technology and science.

Mushtaq Ahmed Dar is a serial inventor from Jammu and Kashmir, who's built a portable device to climb trees and electric poles among other innovations.

Sachin Malhan is a serial entrepreneur who is now working to enable online collaboration amongst the world's print impaired population.

Remya Jose is an inventor with a number of path breaking inventions like a washing machine that's operated by a stationary cycle.

Ishita Chaudhry is the founder of The Youth Parliament Foundation that enables young people to create programmes and influence policies in health, education, gender, sexuality, the arts and governance. 

Anand Giridharadas is the author of 'India Calling: An intimate portrait of a Nation's Remaking' and writes for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.

Nachiket Udupa is a volunteer with Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, who's working to implement his vision of cooperatives in agriculture, education and health.

Prof. Ugesh Sarcar is a innovative contemporary street magician with a show on National Television in India.

Mansukh Bhai Prajapati is a traditional clay craftsman who's developed a range of earthen products for daily use in the kitchen, like a refrigerator called MittiCool that runs without electricity.


What is The Ink Conference?

About The INK Conference
The INK Conference (INK stands for Innovation and Knowledge) is an annual conference that aims to fuel innovation and foster knowledge by bringing together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers from a range of disciplines such as art, architecture, design, entertainment, entrepreneurship, sports and technology - an intellectual Mardi Gras!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shivam Sai Gupta at NASSCOM Animation and Gaming Forum

I got invited to talk @ NASSCOM as a speaker in an 'un-conference' session. Had a wonderful first-time experience as a speaker. I also got nominated in the Level Up 2010 contest.

Shivam Sai Gupta giving speech @ NASSCOM


Most of you probably know about NASSCOM already but here is a phrase from nasscom.com
"   As part of NASSCOM’s initiatives to promote the growth of the Animation and Gaming Industry in India, NAGFO (NASSCOM Animation & Gaming Forum) was formed to catalyze the growth of the Industry and also establish an interface with the government."

I speaked on 12th November 2010 in HICC, Novotel Hotel, Hyderabad. Probably my speech gone better than expected with lots of audience involvement. I talked about the creation of my game 'Terror Attack: Project Fateh', the problems, limitations and other interesting animation and gaming stuff.  Here is a quote from The Hindu Business Line

Image courtesy: The Hindu Business Line



"  For Shivam Sai Gupta, the 14-year-old from Patna, making computer games is literally a child's play. Drew to computers after he stumbled upon a Power Point presentation when he was 11, Shivam developed a penchant for computer and eventually became a games lover.

Browsing the Internet as he moved from one games portal to another, Shivam had toyed with the idea of developing his own games. Without any formal training, he has begun building ideas for games.

Recently, he developed and put on live a game based on 26/11 (when terrorists attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008). Indiagames, the games developing company that has offered to provide him with necessary infrastructure to develop computer games, has decided to write a mobile version of the game.

No wonder, the 14-year-old is getting all the focus at Nasscom's two-day Animation Gaming Conclave being held here.  "


The 'Best Overall Game' won by Shivam Sai Gupta whose game 'Terror Attack, Project Fateh' won the title. A game based on Mumbai, 26/11 Terror Attacks.


AND A SUPER-GOOD NEWS: My game, Terror Attack: Project Fateh, which is a 3D FPS PC game based on the 26/11 mumbai terror attacks, available on http://www.projectfateh.com, won the Best Overall Game of 2010... in Intel Level Up 2010 Contest. Got the mind-blugging filled with excitement prize: Alienware 15x... not started using it yet.

Alienware 15x

Speech + Contest Video Coming Soon! Keep Checking!

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Resources


For more photos of the event check out these facebook links:


http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2059873&id=1310508463
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=254458&id=344270492242
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=254514&id=344270492242
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=254462&id=344270492242


Download Terror Attack: Project Fateh game for free: Download


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Miley dressed Indian

Well, not really dressed Indian. But she wore a beautiful forehead decoration (worn in South Asia particularly India, Bangladesh). So, we never had Miley toured here, but we get to see her with bindi. Isn't it awesome? The image is 100% real and not photoshoped, for evidence the video is also attached.

Bindi
Miley with bindi

Evidence

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Miley Cyrus Cleared EVERYTHING Out!

The new video Miley Cyrus uploaded just cleared everything out, whats hot, whats happening and clearing out all the rumors. Apparently, the Hannah Montana star is one of the kindest and sweet-hearted celebrities ever. She said that the rumor that she hate the most is that she don't love her fans, that she don't take care of her fans. She said that she was just too busy with work but she always try to get time for her fans. The upcoming movie LOL star also told the fans about how paparazzi can't let her enjoy her life. Find out more by watching the video.







Thanks and the Medias, please support this ever nice celebrity by not making up rumors.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Met Tina Fey

Today while walking down the hollywood bouleward, with paparazzi, Tina Fey was walking along. The Date Night star started the conversation and we talked like 5 minutes. The celebrity who now also have a star on Hollywood Walk of  Fame was very much interested and was, I guess, feeling quite impressed with me when I told her about myself. The 7 Emmy Awards winner and I took photograph and the world's youngest visual effect artist and game developer talked to cameras, shared our contact infos to be in touch later and then we went back to our businesses.

Tina (right) talking with Shivam (left)
Shivam Sai Gupta - Left     Tina Fey - Right

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why Are Consoles Banned In China?


Why Are Consoles Banned In China?Video game consoles are illegal in China. Ironically, the Wii, the PS3 and the Xbox 360 are Chinese made. And there is a flourishing PC gaming culture. There has to be a reason for this ban. Turns out, there is.
"Consoles have been banned in China since the year 2000," Lisa Hanson from market researcher Niko Partners tells Kotaku. "The government thought that was the best way to protect Chinese youth from wasting their minds on video games, after a parental outcry." The following year, online gaming exploded, and the market size hit $100 million. So the ban, Hanson says, "didn't stop the 'problem'."
A recent article on Chinese news site Sina.com points out, "In June 2000, the Ministry of Culture issued a notice, forbidding any company or individual to produce and sell electronic game equipment and accessories to China."
Why Are Consoles Banned In China?Plug'n'play consoles became a legal alternative to the banned home consoles. Nintendo released the iQue Player, a console it developed with software developer Wei Yen, whose California-based company AiLive co-created the Wii MotionPlus. The iQue Player was priced at US$60, and it is not a pure plug'n'play per se. Players can play Nintendo 64 games like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Super Smash Bros. that were specifically ported to the system. To get new games, players go to their local game retailer, where they can download more titles onto a 64MB flash memory card. The cartridge is slotted directly into the controller, which houses the console.
"We have targeted people in developed countries such as Japan, the US and Europe with sophisticated machines," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said back in 2003. "To reach a wide range of people in China, especially those inland who are not as rich as those in coastal areas, we thought we needed to deliver a cheaper console." And to legally sell a video game console in China, it had to sell something that not only didn't quite look like a video game console and couldn't be pirated to Timbuktu and back. (That's not to say the iQue Player is piracy free!) Since then, Nintendo has used the "iQue" brand in China for its characters and products.
Why Are Consoles Banned In China?Software piracy is a huge problem in China, and that might be why game companies are hesitant to enter the Chinese market, but it's not why video game have been outlawed. Nintendo legally released its portable Nintendo DSi in Chinese stores in December 2009. Nintendo has yet to release its Nintendo Wii in mainland China.
Likewise, neither Sony nor Microsoft have released their consoles in the mainland. Sony and Microsoft, however, do have Hong Kong branches and have released their home consoles in that territory. Heck, there are even PS3 demo units at the Hong Kong airport. Sony might still be smarting to what happened to the PS2.
Why Are Consoles Banned In China?The console ban does exist on paper, but it is not strictly enforced. Piracy, on the other hand, is doing more to keep game consoles out of China than any government edict ever could. Sony released the PlayStation 2 in China in January 2004. The launch was a disaster with rampant game piracy and of the hardware itself. While it wasn't exactly the financial success Sony might have been hoping for, it did built a brand name for the company. Nintendo's Wii has been copied by a Chinese company and released as the "Vii", a game system that runs preloaded motion controlled games. Sony's PS3 has been knocked off as "The Winner". Pirated versions of console and PC games are prevalent. There are also cafes that offer players the chance to play video game consoles.
Game consoles do make their way into China through the gray market, where they are bought and sold illegally. Hanson at Niko Partners points out that gamers get their gray market consoles modded so they can play pirated games for either free or on the cheap. "The PS3 is hard to play pirated games on," says Hanson,"so it has the lowest share of the three brands."
Why Are Consoles Banned In China?There is no regulatory body to oversee video game consoles, creating a bureaucratic quagmire for the ban. Hanson, however, speculates that the Ministry of Culture might eventually get that role. Since there is no body to monitor the game consoles, there is no governmental body to determine whether or not to overturn the ban on consoles, creating a Catch-22. Until then, expect gray market sales will continue to dominate, if anything out of necessity.

Source:- kotaku.com

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UTV IndiaGames Finally Releases Terror Attack: Project Fateh Indian PC Game

After watching the press, gaming addicts, TV Channels, magazines, people all over the world waiting so excited for the game to launch, we have finally released the game. We have decided to make this game free, a hard-worked game that took nearly 2 years to finish. Enjoy the game and don't ever forget to write review on your blog, comment and rate. If you review this game on YouTube or on your blog, be sure to post the link here in comments.


Below is the game trailer:



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And.........
A better trailer

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Here is quote from Digit Magazine
"Terror Attack: Project Fateh have some rather great graphics, especially for a free game, up to the mark of the massively popular CounterStrike."

Log on to www.ProjectFateh.com and download the game now.

  

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE ACCOUNT AND GET US TO THE TOP
http://www.youtube.com/terrorattackgame

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I made it to the School Newsletter

so, I was featured on school newsletter, obviously ;)!

In case you missed it, here is the newsletter:



SHARING
THE   ST. MARY’S PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
SUMMER OF 2010


FAREWELL CLASS OF 2010


                The theme of the farewell programme revolved in nostalgia that overcomes every outgoing student at the time
 of farewell. Their time has come to say goodbye and step into the future. As they give a last look at their school, thoughts like  the  following could perhaps be in their minds:

The time has come,
For closing books and long last looks must end,
And as I leave,
I know that I am leaving my best friend,
A friend who taught me right from wrong, 
And weak from strong,
That's a lot to learn,
What, what can I give you in return?

                The annual Farewell Party, like previous years was organized by the current class X in collaboration
with their friends of classes IX and VIII and the juniors. The organizing committee spared no effort to make this farewell event
a memorable one. The planning and execution of the programme was entirely done by them.

              On the 24th of April, the Class of 2010 was invited to the grand Farewell Party, along with teachers of both Playland
and St. Mary’s Primary School. The programme began with a series of dances, songs presented by the children.
The juniors - Abhishek Ghosh, Ayesha, Rajlakshmi, and Ayush presented two lively dances that thrilled the audience to the core.   Shivam Gupta (VIII) sang, “Seasons in the Sun” on the occasion.

       There were also a variety of dances and quizzes for the outgoing class. Upsana Bibha judged the best speaker
   and her batch mate Himadri Sinha was selected for the best dressed girl...  Mementos were presented to each of the outgoing    
   students by Mr. Allen Johannes
        The programme concluded with a sumptuous lunch for everyone. The food was excellent. The kids had arranged a dosa man in the campus to provide piping hot and delicious dosas .The dessert was also superb.
    Shivam Gupta, Ravi Prakash and Satyam have jointly prepared a video of the entire program. It turned out to be the handwork of professionals.

         Sincere thanks to Miss Marianne Johannes of Playland and Ms. Mita Verma for guiding the organizers of the programme.
The 2010 Farewell was an immense success!   The dance sequences was choreographed by Bipul Agrawal (x)
Thanks to one and all!








School Calendar

1st Unit test commenced from the 10th of ay
School will be closed for the Summer Vacation from 17th May
School will reopen on 28th June [morning school schedule]


Summer Assignments: has been allocated to the children in the Holiday Homework copies. Please insure they
complete the assignments.
 It is highly recommended your child be encouraged to read at least one story book during the holidays.
Class X (2011) should throw themselves into preparing themselves for the Board Exams next year. This is   best time to study.
This is the best time to study. Don’t waste your valuable time.

 In the News:

  Shivam Gupta has developed a 3- animation game which won great press reviews last December. The game created by him is called Terror Attack: Project Fateh which is soon to be released worldwide by India Games Ltd.  Mumbai. Shivam has become a sort of hero with gamers the world over, writing to him on Twitter.



  Rachit Kinger (25 ) an alumni of our school has published his first book “ The  Squirrel Who Wanted To Fly   wrote to us in  Face book “I  cannot forget the times I had in St. Mary's - they are special for me and some of the friends I made there will be with me forever. Haven't had the chance to say this before to you but thanks a lot, sir.”


Cricketer in Bangladesh: Saurav (Class X) has taken leave from school. He has been selected to play for the under 17 Indian Team in Bangladesh.



Mother’s Day: - On the 7th of May     “Mother’s Day “  write up contest was organized for the children.
The winners of the best slogans were:  Hashil Arora. Roshan and Anand of class IX, Satyam, Saima and Monika
of class X Nausheen and Shiva of class viii,   Robin Francis and Satyam of class V and Rajlakshmi of class III .
The winners received gifts to present to their mothers.



Thought:

Write down all the great things about everyone you know. Make a huge list of all the
wonderful things about you. Compliment people wherever you go.
Praise every single thing you see.
Be a ray of sunshine to everyone you meet, and make their day better for having seen you.
Say "Thank you" at every turn. Walk, talk, think, and breathe appreciation and gratitude











Monday, May 17, 2010

5 Years of Youtube - The Wonderful Community

This video shows the history of YouTube from how it borned to what it is now. Today is YouTube's 5th Birhday. Can't believe it's only been 5 years. Comment and Subscribe!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Top 10 Must Have iPhone Web-Apps (almost like native) - 2010

Top 10 Must Have iPhone Web-Apps

iPhone Web-Apps are not as bad as most people think. They are very useful but lacks some native core features of iPhone. Today, there are even some web-apps that think they are native and offer full screen and offline support. Look below to find out top 10 useful and fun iPhone web-apps. 







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1.
 Color Mail
An easy tool to help you send a colour styled email to your friends from your iPhone and iTouch. More templates are available now.

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2.
Spin Bottle
Want to play Spin-the-bottle but forget your bottle? Slip your iPhone from your pocket drop it on the ground and spin it. It is a really fun and great app for teenagers.


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3. 
 Packagetrackr

An all-in-one tracking tool for all your shipments. Packagetrackr will remember all of your tracking numbers and pull delivery status information from a dozen carriers with extra features not offered on the carriers’ sites.
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4.

   Reader
The best thing about this iPhone web-app is it offers full screen and offline support and by-far the best ebook reader you will be ever going to use on your iPhone.

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5. 
SuperDog
 Guide the cute small dog to different levels avoiding obstacles and enemies. This web-app works offline and is available full screen. You must add its shortcut icon to your iPhone homescreen to use it.
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 6. 
iRomance
This iPhone webapp is probably the best iPhone app ever made for teenagers. Do you always read flirting tips and pickup lines on the Internet and then forget it when you are in front of your crush? Here comes iRomance to rescue, your no. 1 ultimate love guide on the go. You can even submit your own tips and pickups. Believe me or not but it helped me ask out my crush yesterday.

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7. 
Checklist
 Create and manage all sorts of checklists. E.g. for travel, sports and things to do or to remember.

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8. 
Mind Reader
 This web-app is the best thing I ever used in my life to trick my friends. It’s trick is really simple but can amaze any of your friends in 5 seconds. Trust me, try this web-app out. Don’t forget to read how to perform in help.



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9.
Google Voice

Apple kept rejecting Google Voice native app for iPhone. So, Google made up their mind to create full-featured Google Voice web-app for iPhone.

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10.

Gravity
This game is the version with the gravity in mar-jongg tile puzzle game Sisen.



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If you know a good iPhone WebApp, please let us know. Comment your thoughts below.


-Shivam

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shivam to be honored

I got a call from a organization that is going to held an ceremony saying that they want to honor me in an event going to be held on 16th March. In that event Anuradha Paudwal will be going to honor me for my 3D animation and game development skills.Lakhbir Singh Lakha is also going to sing there. Got an extra pass to the event, wanna get it guys?



They have also made a long advertisement that airs on local Patna channel "Darsh" daily, they requested me to record a statement about myself. My ad will be premiered tomorrow and will be repeated every day till 16th March. I will post any videos or images of the event on my facebook. So, stay tuned ;)

Update: 15 March, 1 day left for the ceremony, I will post updates here. For now, here is the newspaper pic.
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