© Jayanth B Kashyap

A long time ago, when i had a lot of time to spare, i indulged in creating flashy and cool animated titles and videos for my own creative satisfaction..Andrew Kramer, the famous visual artist is my guru when it comes to vfx!

One of his tutorials involves creating a terminator-meets-tron style title effect, and so i decided that il try it out too! (image above)

Although, the end product was not as spectacular as Andrew’s, I’m still proud of it !

Each blog of mine (My Mind a Nolan Movie, Extreme Close Up and 576 Megapixels) incorporates a unique banner design carefully designed by me. But not all designs step out of the drawing board. This design was one of the many that i had created for my movie blog (Extreme Close Up)

Hope you like it too!


Live By The Creed

‎Today, i bid farewell to one of the most memorable characters in videogame history and possibly the whole of film history too – The Master Assassin Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. Maybe this could be the first time, i actually feel ‘attached’ to a virtual character. I’ve traveled the whole of Venice, Rome and Constantinople with him and been introduced to his life and the other characters surrounding him.

Assassin’s Creed Revelations, the last title to feature both the Great Altair and Ezio, made me wish the game series would never end. The non-gamers,  who have not played this beautiful game can never understand what this means. A brilliant plot, complex characters, huge and astounding cities, cinematic cuts, advanced gameplay with a healthy dose of suspense, mystery, love and action. It is a  story spread across a millenia that can be fully appreciated only by playing all 4 games in the series.

After having seen Assassin’s Creed Embers, a 22 minute animated short film that neatly wraps up the life of Ezio, i can’t help but  wonder what an amazing part these characters have played. Each word uttered by Ezio in his delightful italian accent, as he recounts his life as an assassin, deep in thoughts and the fear of losing his last and only chance of leading a normal life, Embers is a fitting finish to the life of Ezio Auditore.

Never have i reveled or raved about a mere video game before and i know that i never will.

Requescat in pace Ezio.  I shall miss you Mentor.

Descent of the Ganges

This huge bas-relief at Mamallapuram is a real thing of beauty. Even the finest sculptors of today cannot recreate this with their modern tools. If you have not been to Mamallapuram, i strongly urge you that you do so immediately. Although the salty winds have eroded this rock-cut structure over the ages, one wonders, how skilled our ancestors must have been.

No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.