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Studio Details


MAYA Digital Studios' head office has a 15000 sq. ft. state of the art studio in the main Mumbai/Film City location and seating space for over 400 Artists Maya Digital Studios executed a multi system agreement with Assimilate to become a Scratch-Centric Facility. We believe that the Assimilate Scratch platform: Scratch Lab & Scratch Finish offer remarkable and flexible tools for the support of VFX and 3D post production. MAYA Digital Studios has executed a multi system agreement with Assimilate to become a Scratch-Centric Facility. MAYA endorses the Assimilate Scratch platform studio-wide. This includes Scratch Lab & Scratch Finish which offers remarkable and flexible capabilities for the support of VFX and 3D post production.


MAYA is inter-connected by a 2nd generation High-Speed 10 GBPS Network cabling network. The operating system is 64-Bit Windows based platform using a high speed network backbone of Foundry and CISCO core switches. MAYA's render farm is powered by several hundred Quad Core blades each equipped with 16 GB RAM per blade. Renders are handled at fast speeds using 64-Bit Window HPC Servers 2008. MAYA uses Industry standard software like Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Max, and Mental Ray. Editing and line-ups utilize Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro. The Studio is connected to our international clients with high-speed redundant internet lease lines and FTP servers. Maya's recently developed 2D Animation services are on the Harmony platform from Toonboom.



Maya has recently opened up branch studio facilities at Goa, Bengaluru, Cochin & Pune. Technologically similar to the Mumbai head office, these local facilities ensure further streamlining of daily operations and provide opportunities for native local talent to be a part of Maya, with its localised operations.




About Maya Digital Studios


Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd. pioneered the art and technology of Computer Animation & Digital VFX in India in the early 1990s. Carrying the legacy of world-class 3D animation and Digital Visual effects for over 17 years, the company stands for continuous innovation & cutting edge technology and now also offers high quality 2D Animation & 2D to Stereoscopic 3D Conversion of content. Having successfully carved out its niche within the animation & VFX industry internationally, Maya is now poised for rapid substantial growth with multiple projects simultaneously running across the different range of services.

Promoted by internationally acclaimed Film maker Ketan Mehta & well known Actor - Producer - Director Deepa Sahi, distinguished Hollywood Animation & VFX veteran, Frank Foster is the President of Maya & the daily operations at MDS are now overseen by Anish Mehta.

The studio has specialized in stereoscopic 3D end offers services of S3D visual effects, S3D CG rendered animation, left and right camera live action cinematography and very high quality, cost effective 2D to 3D Conversion. Maya is known for its ability to adhere to high quality standards and timely execution of services required by international clients as validated by our list of repeat clients. With a focus on high end work in the animation outsourcing business, Maya caters to film, television, games and online media in a variety of visuals that range from cartoon shaded children's programs to realistic computer game cinematics. This has enabled the studio to establish the quality technical and creative abilities to allow the company to venture into co-production agreements with international content owners.

Some of the esteemed clients that Maya has worked for internationally, include BBC(UK), Ragdoll (UK), Rainbow, Mike Young Productions (USA), Electronic Arts (Canada), Sony (USA), Activision (USA), Google (USA), Big Screen Entertainment (India), VGI Entertainment (UK), Brown Bag Films (Ireland), Flickerpix (USA), Norm Hill Entertainment (USA) amongst others.

Maya's work has been recognized with several renowned international awards including Silver Hugo (US) & Pulcinella (Italy) and nominations at BAFTA & IFTA.

Maya has demonstrated the capability to conceptualize and produce a complex feature film length animated film with Ramayana: The Epic; the first Indian studio to self-produce this kind of intellectual property.

Apart from the focus on the high end animation outsourcing, Maya is now also focussed on the development of its own IPR content, through the creation of Indian content that crosses over globally. Maya's newest IPR is the show, The Adventures of Motu Patlu, which is presently being aired on Nickelodeon India.


Team Maya



Management

  • Chairman & Managing Director
  • Co-founder & Director
  • President
  • Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Mist

  • Head of MIST

Creative

  • Creative Director, HOD - Animation
  • Project Director - Modelling
  • HOD - Lighting
  • Dynamics Lead (Hair, Fur & Cloth)
  • HOD - CG Compositing
  • Rendering Lead
  • Head of Production
  • MIST - Chief Technology Officer

IT

  • Technology & IT Solutions Expert

Ketan Mehta : Chairman & Managing Director - Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd.


Ketan Mehta, one of India's most internationally acclaimed filmmakers, is a recipient of many national & international awards. A graduate in Economics from the prestigious St. Stephens college, Delhi and Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, he has over 30 years experience in the Entertainment industry with expertise in Film, Television, Commercials and Documentaries. He has produced and directed 10 feature films, produced TV series for all the premier broadcasters in India. His well known works include: Mangal Pandey - The Rising, Maya Memsaab, Sardar, Mirch Masala, Holi and Bhavni Bhavai.





Ketan Mehta : Chairman & Managing Director - Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd.


Ketan Mehta, one of India's most internationally acclaimed filmmakers, is a recipient of many national & international awards. A graduate in Economics from the prestigious St. Stephens college, Delhi and Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, he has over 30 years experience in the Entertainment industry with expertise in Film, Television, Commercials and Documentaries. He has produced and directed 10 feature films, produced TV series for all the premier broadcasters in India. His well known works include: Mangal Pandey - The Rising, Maya Memsaab, Sardar, Mirch Masala, Holi and Bhavni Bhavai.





Deepa Sahi : Co-founder & Director - Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd.


Deepa Sahi is a well-known actor, screenplay writer, film and television producer, media entrepreneur and feature film director. She is a gold medalist from the Delhi School of Economics and a graduate of the National School of Drama. Ms. Sahi has over 15 years of experience in the Film and TV industry. After a successful career as a film actress, Ms. Sahi became a producer in 1992 with the feature film "Maya Memsaab". She has produced 7 feature films and 7 TV series, in addition to numerous ads and documentaries.

Frank Foster : President - Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd.


Frank Foster is a pioneer & veteran in Animation and Digital Film Making with over 25 years of experience in the field. As a college student, his first computer film "Phosphenes" (1973) was selected to represent the United States that year at the World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. His corporate experience includes executive positions at Atari Corp. and Lasermedia, Inc.

He was the Founder of Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he was the Senior Vice President of Pre-visualization for over eight years. He has worked on numerous American feature films including SPEED, Starman, Staying Alive, Anaconda, The Craft, Jumanji, and Contact. He has also produced titles and visual effects for many 3D IMAX films including: Wings of Courage and Cyberworld 3D.

Frank Foster has directed and produced two feature films: The Story of Computer Graphics (1999) narrated by Leonard Nimoy, which features interviews with over forty industry legends including an exclusive interview with George Lucas.

Thru the Moebius Strip (2005), Directed by Frank Foster is an innovative 3D animated feature that was completely produced in mainland China. At that time there was no CG animation industry in China and the school (IDMT) and the studio (GDC) were created by Frank Foster from scratch. The design and story for this film are by acclaimed French comic book artist, Jean 'Moebius' Giraud.
An early advocate of more cost effective PC production, Foster created some of the first digitally animated title sequences and full photo-real feature film shots on PC based workstations. He began doing business in India in the mid 90's and helped start Maya, the Indian studio which pioneered the art and technology of Computer Animation and Digital Visual Effects in India.

Anish Mehta - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer


Balancing the commerce of the business thanks to his Chartered Accountancy along with the art on account of his keen interest in the process of content creation enables Anish to manage the financials & operations at the Studio and also look into the day to day functioning of the business from a production as well as operations perspective.

Taking up different challenges and setting up start-ups in action has been his forte. He has in the past established FutureWorks, one of India's leading post-production houses. He was the Chief Operating Officer at the company and under his guidance the studio grew to a strength of 250 employees.

Aruna Kumar - Head of MIST


A post graduate in marketing, Aruna has over 15 years of experience in animation & visual effects education training business. She has been extremely adept across all the functions within the education training value chain. Besides setting up training centres across the country singlehandedly while handling the operations, logistics and business targets, Aruna has also played a key role in the lives of students who have successfully made the transition from training institutes to animation studios. She has played a significant role in the training process of over 20000 animation and visual effects professionals in the country today. Many of these candidates are successful studio professionals across the leading studios worldwide.


Aruna has the right blend of leadership and experience for the pioneering venture in the Indian animation and visual effects industry. Her in depth understanding of the need gap in the industry with regards to the advanced training facilities and the studio ready Training Modules offered at MIST will be the important agent of change for the animation and visual effects industry.

Suhas Kadav - Creative Director, HOD - Animation


Responsibilities at Maya:

* In charge of Pre-Production, Animation & Overall Creative Supervision
* Direction of projects (Animated TV Series/ Feature Films)

Experience:

* Over 12 years of experience across leading studios
* Alumnus of the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Arts
* Has mentored many young artists who are today highly sought after successful animators





Tarit Nath - Project Director - Modelling


Responsibilities at Maya:

* In charge of the entire processes of modeling & texturing for the animation projects
* Creative Direction of projects (Animated TV Series/ Feature Films)

Experience:

* Overall 12 years of experience across film/TV/Ad projects, domestic & international



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Ranjeet Kumar - HOD - Lighting


Responsibilities at Maya:

* In charge of the Lighting department at Maya including lighting, shading

Experience:

* 8 years of experience in CG animation across domestic & international TV, film & Ad projects

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Amalendu Mohanty - Dynamics Lead (Hair, Fur & Cloth)


Responsibilities at Maya:

* Responsible for hair, fur and cloth simulations across all the characters in the animation as well as visual effects driven live action projects

Experience:

* 6 years of experience in hair, fur and cloth simulations across animated as well as live action projects



Ram Dhumne - HOD - CG Compositing


Responsibilities at Maya:

* In charge of the compositing department for all CG/VFX/conversion work
* Mentoring professionals for the 2D to 3D Stereoscopic conversion division

Experience:

* Over 8 years of experience in post-production & visual effects and high end digital compositing for TV series & feature films across renowned studios
* The Lead 'Scratch Colorist' for Maya, Heads the Digital Color Correction Division



Sunil Pal - Rendering Lead


Responsibilities at Maya:

* In charge of ensuring a smoother render process for all the projects
* Maintain render farm according to the project priority and handle all blades problem which occurred

Experience:

* 6 years of experience in rendering for various animation as well as visual effects driven live action projects & and also stereoscopic 3D projects



Dheeraj Berry - Head of Production


Responsibilities at Maya:

* Responsible for the entire production work on the studio floor, across animation, visual effects & 2D to 3D conversion
* Streamlining all the operations and ensuring smooth workflow across projects, across business divisions including creative supervision on all the projects

Experience:

* Well-rounded, diversified over 10 years of experience in the fields of animation, 3D stereoscopy, VFX, TV production, Ad films production, Post-production & assistant direction



Yogendra Bhangale - MIST - Chief Technology Officer


Responsibilities at Maya:

* Enhance the production skill-sets of MIST Interns in order to prepare them to be studio ready
* Ensure the productivity of MIST Interns and effectively bridge the gap in between the training process and studio production work

Experience:

* Over 12 years of well-rounded experience in Animation production & training & over 7 years of experience across leading Indian advertising agencies
* Pursued Diploma in Digital Character Animation from Vancouver Film School, Canada



Krishna Prasad - Technology & IT Solutions Expert


Krishna Prasad is well-known for his design & IT solutions with over 17 years of IT experience in the Media industry. He has been instrumental in designing and developing various essential Process and applications for pipeline, Rendering and Advance Storage Solutions across most of the major studios in India.

A legend in his field, Krishna's contribution to the Indian animation & visual effects industry is the creation of SPARX & RenderMAX - India's ingeniously built Render Scheduler based on Web Technology and Cross Platform. He has been responsible in setting up several key Indian studios.


Our Projects (Videos)



Latest News


The March edition of POST magazine pointed out MAYA Digital Studios for its collaboration efforts with Hollywood DI, the post-production house on the 3D stereoscopic feature film, “Static”. This horror film was originally shot with a 3D dual camera/beam splitter rig and required several shots to be corrected via post conversion from 2D to 3D as well as numerous 3D visual effects shots. The film is now making the film festival circuit, was completed surprisingly for under a half Million dollars all in, a fact that few people would realize when watching this suspenseful paranormal saga.



Also in March, MAYA was invited to speak at the India Conference presented by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy Center, Boston, Massachusetts. MAYA’s, Frank Foster was joined by “Sholay” clients Sascha Sippy and Siddhartha Jayaka, to address the topic of “Outsourcing and the Growth of the Indian Technology Industry in Entertainment”. Harvard professor, Bharat Anand moderated the discussion.







The American Connection


Frank Foster and MAYA


No other Indian studio can match the American connectivity of Maya Digital Studios. For Frank Foster, Maya is a strange but appropriate combination of Dharma and Karma. These Indian terms describe the concept of duty and destiny. Frank Foster reluctantly added a speaking engagement to his Autodesk sponsored trip to Thailand in 1995. That 2 day decision led to a 15 year relationship with the country that is now destined to become the global hub of digital filmmaking for the world.

At a 3 hour lecture at the Nehru Center in Bombay as it was then known, Frank met the royalty of Bollywood and many long lasting relationships began. His topic was the emergence of personal computer workstations in Hollywood. As the founder of Sony Imageworks he had already proven this concept in the United States. But for India this was unheard of. Autodesk recognized this and since they were promoting the use of PC s with their software they insisted on Frank’s presentation to the Indian film industry.

At the end of the lecture many people from the industry and the Indian press lingered for additional information. But two people waited till the crowd dispersed. They were Ketan Mehta and Deepa Sahi.

Ketan made an emotional appeal to Frank , how his current production “Maya Memsaab” (starring Deepa Sahi and new comer Shah Rukh Khan) was suffering due to the lack of visual effects capabilities in India and attempts to achieve results in Hong Kong were ineffective. Ketan persuaded Frank to return and help him start a studio to bring high quality digital effects to India for the first time. Frank returned to Los Angeles and consulted with the Sony Studio executive Ken Williams. Could Frank set up a studio in India that might be a way to save Sony money in the future?

Ken Williams gave the project his blessing on the stipulation that Frank use his vacation time for the experiment. That Christmas Frank went back to India and along with major help from Deepa wrote the business plan for Maya Entertainment Ltd. (The studio was named after the movie that prompted its creation.)

Two years later with help from the India’s Nation Film development Corporation (NFDC) Maya had become an established studio; so as planned Maya’s directors and Ravi Gupta from the NFDC came to Culver City to discuss the acquisition of Maya by Sony Pictures. In the top floor of the Thalberg building the negotiation began. With the parameters set an emergency call came to Ken Lemberger’s office. Sony chief council Beth Burke rushed in and explained that a last minute plea from Yair Landau requested a delay in the agreement pending the approval of Sony’s venture into India’s satellite TV industry. To make a long story short, Intel saw Maya as a strategic investment and basically took Sony’s place by acquiring a significant stake in Maya Entertainment Ltd. In 2010 Ketan and Deepa regained control of Maya and again persuaded Frank Foster to rejoin the studio and take over operations. Foster brought in another Sony alumni Steven B. Cohen to oversee Maya’s North American operations completing the American connection on both sides of the world.





Careers





Story Board



Essential knowledge and skills


Basic technical knowledge of film cameras and lenses is invaluable for Storyboard Artists. A thorough knowledge of the Director's role in the film making process helps Storyboard Artists to think in a similar way. A thorough working knowledge of image manipulation packages, e.g.,Photoshop, Storyboard Lite, Frameforge 3D Studio and Storyboard Artists & Storyboard Quick. Is anadded advantage.



Key Skills include:


• Excellent drawing skills
• Ability to think cinematically
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to visualize perspective and 3-dimensional space
• Ability to visually interpret other people's ideas
• Ability to draw and work quickly when required



Eligibility


• Experience – 1.5- 4 yrs
• Graduates of Fine Art
• Relevant Graphics or Illustration Courses.

Contact • career@mayadigitalstudios.com



Concept Artist



Essential knowledge and skills


Concept Artists must have up-to-date knowledge of computer illustration software packages, e.g., Photoshop and/or Painter. They must also be conversant with film imagery and have a good understanding of what Directors, Directors of Photography and Editors require from a scene.



Key Skills include:


• Excellent illustration skills
• Effective communication skills
• Ability to visualize perspective and 3-dimensional space
• A keen interest in design, architecture and film
• Ability to visually interpret other people's ideas
• Ability to be flexible and to adapt to change when requested;
• Ability to work as part of a team


Eligibility


• Experience – 1.5- 4 yrs
• Graduates of Fine Art
• Relevant Graphics or Illustration Courses.

Contact • career@mayadigitalstudios.com



Screenplay Writer



Essential knowledge and skills


Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers. Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events. Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly. Collaborate with other writers on specific projects. Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.



Key Skills include:


• Selecting subject matter based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by a publisher or agent
• Developing the technical skills of writing and maintaining originality;
• Using literary skills to develop themes and storylines, while making characters and plots believable;
• Working to tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio;
• Undertaking research, including plot-lines, places, themes and characters;
• Verifying the factual content of written work;
• Submitting material for publication in the required and expected format;
• Rewriting and adapting material (and sometimes the work of others) for alternative formats, e.g. adapting novels for stage or producing an e-book;
• Maintaining an active interest in the specific genre
• Exercising self-discipline and time management
• Being prepared to rewrite and revise work (often several times) following feedback;
• Liaising with publishers, agents, script editors, producers and directors;



Eligibility


• Experience – 1.5- 4 yrs
• Graduates
• Relevant Screen writing course.


Contact • career@mayadigitalstudios.com

Contact Us



Address :


Mumbai Head office

2nd Floor, Mukta House, Communication Center, Sector 2, Film City, Goregaon East, Mumbai - 400065


Goa Studio

G1, Ravindra A, Opp St Inez Church, Panjim Goa - 403001


Email :


Info@mayadigitalstudios.com

marketing@mayadigitalstudios.com


Tel :


+91 2239236232