Animation Nation, Part I: Dreamworks Goes to Bangalore

Is the partnership between Paprikaas Interactive and Dreamworks a harbinger of things to come for the Indian animation industry?

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Near the outskirts of Bangalore, India, sits the International Tech Park (ITPB), a shiny corporate metropolis that feels a world away from the bustling city center where pedestrians, cars, motorcycles, and cows routinely compete for space. The view inside the 18-hectare campus is a testament to outsourcing’s success. With glass and chrome buildings, dedicated power and water treatment plants, health clubs, malls, and a five-star hotel, the ITPB is home to automakers, electronics manufacturers, materials engineers, and several software companies. And it’s here that an animation house called Paprikaas Interactive Services is helping to shape the future of the global animation industry.

Paprikaas, which formed a partnership with Dreamworks Animation, of Glendale, Calif., last year, is in the animated services business, performing tasks like character modeling, set design, animation, and color correction on TV shows, video games, and movies for client studios worldwide. Founded in 2001, the company has done work for high-profile clients, including Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts.

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