Xpanse CGI

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Xpanse CGI
TypeWholly owned
Industry
FoundedMarch 2007
HeadquartersDubai Media City, Dubai, UAE
Key people
Ashraf Ghori
Waqqas Qadir Sheikh
Nizam Mohammed
Vonnie Maddox
Products
OwnerAshraf Ghori
Websitewww.x-cgi.com

Xpanse CGI is an animation design visual effects company that was founded in March 2007 by Ashraf Ghori who currently serves as Xpanse's CEO.[1] The studio originated in and operates from Dubai, UAE. Xpanse CGI is best known for creating Xero Error, the first computer generated science fiction film produced in the UAE[2][3][4][5] which gained regional acclaim and official selection at prominent film festivals internationally.

History[edit]

Xpanse CGI was started in 2007, in Dubai Media City. In addition to their film work, Xpanse also produces commercials, corporate videos, branding, digital art and websites.

Xpanse CGI independently produced Xero Error in 2009. The film had its world premiere at the third Gulf Film Festival,[6][7] April 2010 in Dubai UAE. It was also featured at the 63rd Festival de Cannes, the tenth edition of Sci-Fi-London[8] and other international film festivals. They were also involved as co-producers of Malal, the first Indo-Emirati film.[9]

Xpanse was featured at the first MEFCC - Middle East Film and Comic Con in April 2012.

Xpanse CGI selected filmography[edit]

Year Notable films
2006

Arabana In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures

2010

Levity Xero Error Minus1[10]

2010

Malal In association with D-Seven Motion Pictures

2012

Djinn[11] (ImageNation Abudhabi) - Storyboarding

Xero Error Movie Poster.jpg

Clients and commercial work[edit]

Xpanse CGI is known for producing branded design content for commercial brands, multinational companies and Small and medium-sized enterprises. Their work covers corporate identity, web design, animation, comic book art, illustration and video production.

Their clients have included Sony, Van Hool, Philips, HP, Gillette, Qatar Airways, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Emirates Airlines and other companies. They have produced work for the UAE's Government sector including The office of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai, General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowment (GAIAE), Abu Dhabi among others.

Accolades[edit]

  • 2010 (April): Levity Xero Error Minus1, The first computer generated Sci-Fi film from the UAE
  • 2011 (January): Distinguished Achievement Award for Levity Xero Error Minus1 - Abu Dhabi University
  • 2011 (February): Winner, Best Filmmaker of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[12]
  • 2011 (February): Runner-up, Animation of the Year : Levity Xero Error Minus1 - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai
  • 2011 (November): Winner, Best Technology Implementation - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[13]
  • 2011 (November): Winner, Industry Achievement for Events & Entertainment - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[14]
  • 2011 (November): Nominee, Business Consultancy of the Year - SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards[15]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Animation of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[16]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Content Creation of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[17]
  • 2012 (February): Nominee, Studio of the Year - Digital Studio Awards, Dubai[18]
  • 2012 (February): Winner, Best Website Design - Tbreak Developer Awards, Dubai[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashraf Ghori". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  2. ^ Error in Judgement: Dubai Weighs CGI - Hollywood Reporter
  3. ^ Xero Error on CG Record
  4. ^ "Welcome wearethemovies.com - BlueHost.com". wearethemovies.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  5. ^ Staff Report (2010-04-10). "Future of Arab cinema featured in event". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  6. ^ 4men, Craig Hawes (2011-07-15). "UAE film industry is bursting with an array of talent". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  7. ^ Kelly Crane (2010-04-14). "Meet the filmmakers behind the Gulf Film Festival". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  8. ^ "Shorts Programme 1". SCI-FI-LONDON. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  9. ^ Khaja, Nayla Al, Malal, Hormuz Mehta, Nayla Al Khaja, Ghassan Al Katheri, retrieved 2018-05-30
  10. ^ Xero Error on IMDb
  11. ^ Djinn on IMDb
  12. ^ "Digital Studio Awards 2011: Winners revealed". DigitalStudioME. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  13. ^ "SME Advisor Stars of Business 2011: Finalists and winners - SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East". SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  14. ^ "SME Advisor Stars of Business 2011: Finalists and winners - SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East". SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  15. ^ "SME Advisor Stars of Business 2011: Finalists and winners - SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East". SME Advisor | SME Dubai | Magazine for SMEs in Middle East. 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  16. ^ "Digital Studio Awards shortlists announced". DigitalStudioME. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  17. ^ "Digital Studio Awards shortlists announced". DigitalStudioME. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  18. ^ "Digital Studio Awards shortlists announced". DigitalStudioME. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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