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6 animation tips for animators

Published on December 24, 2015, by in Animation.

Animation studios are equal amounts of fun, hard work & competition. You must continuously evolve your skills, and upgrade your abilities to work in a team. We bring you six tips to achieve success as an animator.   Focus on strengths Understand your and the teams’ abilities. Efficient division of labour can lead to a well-made movie. It is best to play to everyone’s strengths & weaknesses. It is good to push people to develop new skills, but not in the middle of a project. Don’t force a good art designer to create lighting set up. Let each person on the team contribute to the best of their abilities. Of course, once a project is over or when you have some free time on hand, encourage members to learn new skills. Set them small goals to test progress, and guide them to go further.   Communicate There’s no such thing

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The Good Dinosaur: unknown facts

Published on December 21, 2015, by in Animation.

Pixar’s latest release, The Good Dinosaur made people wonder what would happen if dinosaurs were still around. Like Spot, we may or may not have behaved like dogs. But we sure could have made some new friends. Did you know, when Pixar first announced the movie, it was jokingly titled ‘The untitled Pixar movie about dinosaurs’. They even created a logo. Here are a few more unknown facts about the film. Read till the end for a very special surprise! Source: UTV Motion Pictures Story Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will remind you of Disney’s The Lion King. It is the tale of Arlo, a lost, little dinosaur as he loses his father & family, makes new friends, and finds his way home & his courage. The inspiration for the story came to Bob Peterson, one of the writers of the film, from his childhood memory of a trip to New

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VFX of The Walk

Published on November 18, 2015, by in VFX.

Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk was a biography of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and was based on the high-wire walk between Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre on August 7, 1974. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, highlight of the film was the believable recreation of the historic walk. Gordon-Levitt trained under Petit, and shot for the climactic wire-walking scenes on a soundstage. But the real magic happened behind the scenes when Atomic Fiction, led by visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie reproduced the final walk for the film. Besides Gordon-Levitt’s training, the VFX process involved lengthy previs, a green screen studio in Montreal, simulcam setups, stunt doubles, face replacements, meticulous replication of 1974 New York and the Towers, innovative cloud rendering, and some neat compositing. High-wire planning The team was sure that they had to create a set of the rooftop of the World Trade Center Towers and the rest would be

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Making of the ‘Red Planet’ for The Martian

Published on October 26, 2015, by in VFX.

Ever thought of farming on Mars? Latest sci-fi blockbuster, The Martian, turned this seemingly bizarre idea into reality. Astronaut & botanist, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets stranded on Mars, and turns his habitat into a space farm, using the only crop he has at hand – potatoes. Despite occasional moments of despair, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is fun & enjoyable, without the emotional heaviness of other popular sci-fi blockbusters like Gravity & Interstellar. Source: 20th Century Fox We are making progress on Mars. However, shooting a whole film on the planet is still a far cry. Therefore, when Andy Weir’s heavily-researched novel, The Martian was chosen for the big screen, NASA offered a helping hand with significant inputs on genuine contemporary technologies. The greatest selling point of the movie is its outstanding visual effects. The combined efforts of visual effects companies – Framestore & MPC – under the guidance of

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Three tips on achieving an awesome animation performance

Published on August 20, 2015, by in Animation.

Animation is nothing more than a few drawings or models moving on screen. Then how do these lifeless objects give brilliant performances? From Timon & Pumbaa singing hakuna matata in The Lion King to Carl & Ellie in Up, what or, rather, who is it that makes them give their best performance? Of course, the simplest answer is the director of the film. But the director cannot play all the parts. This is where animators come in. They are not only responsible for bringing the characters alive, but also for their performance. In short, animators are the real actors behind the scene. We bring you three factors that help animators achieve awesome performances that make you return to these films again & again. Playfulness Animation is a serious job. But being playful is part of the job. As we grow up, we tend to lose our sense of imagination &

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Making of the dragons for the Game of Thrones series

Published on July 30, 2015, by in Animation, Gaming, VFX.

The Game of Thrones series is in its fifth season, and continues to have audience glued to the television screens. Besides the storyline & the characters, one of the major attractions of the series are the dragons. From Daenerys Targaryen’s pets to all the dragons in the series, they are a large part of the popularity of the series. But in reality those gigantic, fire breathing creatures are nothing more than tennis balls; until the visual effects  team steps in. It is one thing to create something computer generated & looks completely real when you have a lot of references. It is quite another thing to create a believable character when there is literally no reference available, except in other fictional accounts. In this post we tell you how Pixomondo, the visual effects company that worked on the Games of Thrones series, made the dragons come alive. Pixomondo, a Germany-based

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Top five animated characters from around the world

They’ve shaped our childhood that of billions around the world. They were a constant part of every child’s daily routine. Their popularity made them appear on every product related to children, starting from breakfast cereals & fast food to school stationery & pillow covers. They are the most popular animated faces in the world. Yes, we are talking about the top animated characters  from around the world. In this post, we bring you the top five animated characters that have managed to make a place for themselves in the hearts of generations of children. Tom and Jerry Popular for their use of slapstick comedy, this dynamic duo has been a part of every generation’s childhood and, in a lot of cases, even adulthood. They have done just about everything one can think of, and not think of, when it comes to cartoon violence. Originally created in 1940 by animators William

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Inside Out: unknown facts

Published on June 29, 2015, by in Animation, Graphics, VFX.

Did you catch Pixar’s latest release, Inside Out, this weekend? Are you already trying to figure out the emotions inside your head? The story & characters of Inside Out have taken people by surprise around the world. We bring you a few behind-the-scene facts of the film. Source: Disney UK Psst! Read till the end for a surprise. Fact #1 – Story The movie is based on an idea director Pete Doctor had after he saw his own daughter, Ellie go through mood swings while growing up. He thought, “What’s going on in her head?”Added to this was his observation about the various quirky things that people do. Fact #2 – Research Neuroscientists were consulted to make the film’s setting of an 11 year old girl’s brain believable. The team also interviewed child psychologists & psychiatrists, spent months designing & re-designing set elements, and even swapped out a key character.

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Five movies that could not have been made without VFX

Published on June 1, 2015, by in Career Guidance, VFX.

Visual effects form an integral part of production process of any movie today. Whether it is a cutting edge science fiction, or a simple romantic comedy, the art of visual effects are put to use in all movies. But sometimes the work is so good that it is almost impossible to make out the difference. A good VFX work creates the illusion that the movie was shot in reality. But it is actually the effort of the visual effects team that brings the film to life. Today we look at top five Bollywood hits that may never have been made if visual effects had not been invented. Chennai Express SRK’s hit romantic comedy has nothing to do with the Indian Railways but everything to do with the Red Chillies VFX team. It is easy to assume that the production was filled with outdoor shoots, with repeated sequences in trains. But

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How to choose an animation school

Published on May 20, 2015, by in Animation, Career Guidance.

The animation industry today is one of the most promising job providers. Creative individuals are always working hard to make a mark in this industry. And it is not so difficult. Along with hard work & talent, all you need is the right training from a reputed institute. There are a plethora of institutes that offer animation courses, starting from short term courses to full time diplomas & degrees. But what to look for when selecting an animation institute? Which institute is right for you? In this post, we will tell you the top five criteria for selecting an animation institute. Criteria #1: Know what to look for Before you join a course, it is important to know what the institute offers. It is a no-brainer that you must have visualisation skills to make it in this business. But will the institute help you hone your skills? Or will they

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