9/11 - The Awakening: New Animated 3D Movie on Vivekananda Marks 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations

Swami Vivekananda in Parliament of Religions
Swami Vivekananda in Parliament of Religions

Chennai, India, Jan 7, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) As part of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, India and Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi have recently released a new 3D Movie “9/11 – The Awakening”.

Parliament of Religions Chicago
Parliament of Religions, Chicago

This short 3D Movie is about Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech “Sisters and Brothers of America” delivered at Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11th 1893. The movie portrays Swami Vivekananda’s trip to the west, his visit to 1893 World’s Columbian Expo, his Chicago address at Parliament of Religions (Art Institute) in 1893 and the popularly known story of Sea frog and Well Frog.


The entire Chicago Expo has been re-created based on 1893 Chicago Archive Maps and a virtual setup of the Parliament of Religions stage with an audience of 7000 members has been built. The ship that Vivekananda undertook during his journey to the West has also been re-created. The famous story of sea frog and well frog as told by Vivekananda has been depicted with colorful animation along with foley sounds effects to entertain the kids.

A realistic 3D Model of Swami Vivekananda with real skin shaders has been created and improvised based only on his photographs in the absence of any video reference of Vivekananda.

Only a few Hollywood animation movies like Polar Express (2004) and Beowoulf (2007) have attempted realistic models for living personalities, but for Vivekananda it makes it all the more challenging since 3D body scan cannot be performed (as he is not alive).

3D Motion Capture
3D Motion Capture

To create smoother animation for the 3D movie, Motion capture has been performed with an actor playing Vivekananda’s role.

Swami Vivekananda on

Swami Vivekananda on
Swami Vivekananda on "Empress of India" Ship

Monastic members of Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi and Ramakrishna Math, Chennai worked with GISR (Global Institute for Stereo Vision and Research) team to make the movie.

1893 Chicago Expo
1893 Chicago Expo

Ferris Wheel at Chicago 1893 Expo
Ferris Wheel at Chicago 1893 Expo

The movie is currently screened at the 3D Theatre in Vivekananda House, Chennai and Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi.

Sea Frog and Well Frog
The Sea Frog and the Well Frog

The Well Frog
The Well Frog

For more info on the 3D Movie, please visit www.vivekananda3d.org Watch a short trailer of 9/11 – The Awakening 3D film.



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