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Use of Computer Animation in Industries other than Media and Entertainment

Published on August 31, 2012, by in Animation.

Initially when animations started with paper (2D Animation), people had a perception that it was restricted to only drawing and cartoons. As the industry matured with computers being introduced, the perception changed to flashy, photo-realistic or cartoonish productions for web games, movies, video games etc. Today, animation has convinced professionals from various fields that it should not be restricted to a skill set, but should be used as a medium of expression or communication. For instance, when you use animation in education, it can used to explain theory and concepts to students in a more convincing manner. In truth, animation is used in a variety of industries away from the big screen or consoles. Computer animation is a very practical tool with useful applications in a variety of fields. Let us take a look at some industries which use animation, but are not related to the media & entertainment sectors.

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Evolution of Modern Day Rendering

Published on August 29, 2012, by in Animation.

Rendering, as a concept, has come a long way from the breakthroughs of 1960′s and 70′s. It is one of the major processes in Computer Aided Designs (CAD). Rendering has its uses in architecture, video games, simulators, movie or TV visual effects, design visualization & many other fields. It all started in 1972, when two students from Utah University- Ed Catmull and Fred Parke -created the world’s first 3D rendered movie. The world’s first rendering involved showing an animated hand – something that hardly sounds path-breaking or even interesting in his era of advanced technologies.  The hand shown in this movie was a replica of Ed’s left hand. At that time, no 3D computer aided design tools were available to aid their process.  Ed created a plaster replica of his left hand, on which he drew the polygon shapes, similar to what we have in Polygon tool sets in any

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History of Special Effects in cinema

Published on August 22, 2012, by in VFX.

While talking about visual effects used in movies, I always love to remember Star Wars (1977) – Into the trench, Start Trek (1982), The Birds (1963), King Kong, Aliens (1986), Terminator 3, Jurassic Park, Independence Day & 2012 because of exceptionally convincing, heart stopping, ground breaking  special effects incorporated in these films. However, while searching the internet about top ten special effects shots, I found only Hollywood Blockbusters and not a single Bollywood or Tollywood movie in that list. Hollywood Special effects & VFX industry has completed their 100 years. Also, Bollywood celebrates its glorious 100 year-stint. I would like to throw some light on interesting facts about the history of VFX in cinema. The journey of Special effects started in the year 1880 (thanks to the phenomenon of persistence of vision by British physician Peter Mark Roget), where films used visual magic to produce illusions & trick effects to

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VFX in Films

Published on August 17, 2012, by in VFX.

It was a revolution when the world’s first film was released. It was amazing to see a moving sequence on a screen. It started with a few frames proceeded by a few seconds, then minutes and now we enjoy hours worth of content on the small & big screen alike. Change is the law of nature and this applies to the film industry as well. Earlier movies were mute, monochromatic films. Later, we had the ‘talkies’ with the introduction of sound. After a few years, coloured films were released to enhance the entertainment value. But there is one more factor which has revolutionized the way we look at films and that is Special Effects /Visual Effects. Visual effects (VFX) in today’s movies not only create breath-taking scenes, but also bring down production costs since many scenes/shots are  produced with VFX. It was not an easy task earlier to create Special

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Creativity in the Animation Industry

Published on August 2, 2012, by in Animation.

Have you have ever combined red and green colour to get yellow? Do you see various shapes in a crumpled paper ball? Do you love making small figures, idols and shapes out of wet sand or clay? Do you dream of capturing the whole world with your camera? If all the above interest you, you are in the right industry. Welcome to the world of animation-the world of creativity.Creativity is nothing but one’s passion to do things differently. Sometimes, it is real fun to think out of the box and create something new, something different. The Animation sector is one of the fastest growing industries, says NASSCOM, which has projected the Indian Animation industry to reach $1.16 billion in revenues by 2012. According to another report by PWC, the animation, VFX and gaming industries continue to grow at a steady CAGR of 21.4% to touch INR 82.6 billion in 2015

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