Eros International's previously announced visual effects joint venture, EyeQube Studios, has officially commenced operations in Mumbai with two Hindi-language productions, Aladdin and Drona.

A joint venture with visual effects talent Charles Darby, EyeQube occupies 20,000 square feet and uses Auto Desk's Maya for 3D work and The Foundry's Nuke as its primary digital compositing programme.

Darby, who holds a minority stake in the studio with Eros as the majority shareholder, hasworked on filmsincluding The Fifth Element, Titanic, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Minority Report.

The aim of the studio is to create a digital eco-system along the same lines as the large Hollywood studios, and work exclusively on films.

'Following Aladdin and Drona, through EyeQube we aim to announce several more exciting content driven projects soon, with a belief in taking Indian cinema to new heights,' said Eros International president Sunil Lulla.

The studio will produce Indian films with high-end visual effects, but also be involved with a few select international projects. Its main business will be handling visual effects for all of Eros International's top-end productions and co-productions.