Desi-Designer Dragons

Sameer Hoon

It’s a story about farm boy who stumbles across a dragon’s egg (stay with me), embarks on a wonderful journey, and ultimately defends his home against a wicked king.

Eragon, the fantasty/action film opens this weekend. It features Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Rachel Weisz and Djimon Hounsou.

LA-based Sameer Hoon is responsible for the film’s effects. “ The challenge was to give the dragon a humane look as well keep it animalistic and to fit into the film,” he says.

Hoon, the only desi visual effects specialist at the George Lucas studio ‘Industrial Light and Magic,’ has also worked on Hollywood hits Terminator 3, A Perfect Storm, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

“I wanted to work for Star Wars and I have come to this point today,” says the Kolkata native.

(Source: H’wood Films and Their Desi Connection)

December 14, 2006
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