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Top 10 games releasing in September

Published on September 1, 2016, by in Gaming.

Gaming enthusiasts can look forward to a lot of excitement this September. Whether you prefer sports or action-adventures, there’s something for everyone. We bring you a list of 10 games releasing in September. Call of Duty Black Ops III: Salvation This one requires absolutely no introduction! This will be the fourth & final downloadable content (DLC) for Call of Duty Black Ops III. The game will feature four new multiplayer maps, and the conclusion to the Origins Zombie Adventures. Release date: 6th September Platform: PS4 Bioshock: The Collection What is better than having one part of the Bioshock series? Of course, having the whole collection. And Bioshock: The Collection is exactly that! It is a re-mastered version of all the properties of the franchise, fine-tuned to an optimum game playing level. Release date: 13th September Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One Recore Developed by Keiji Inafune’s Comcept & Armature Studio, Recore

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The ultimate colour combination cheat sheet for graphic designers

Last week we blogged about ways to choose a colour theme for effective graphic design, and since then, we have been getting a lot of queries. So we decided to take it a step ahead, and provide you with a colour combination cheat sheet. Of course, there is nothing right or wrong, and most of this depends on your creativity & aesthetics. But there are some colours that complement each other, and it is always useful to know the rules before you break them. Keep this colour combination cheat sheet handy & hit the bull’s-eye every time with impressive graphic designs. #1 Complementary colour Complementary colours are those that are right next to each other in the Itten colour circle. But don’t be confused by the term complementary. These colours can either be supplementary or contrasting. But the combination of these colours will give a vivid and energizing effect. #2

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Job of an animator: 7 ways to handle insecurities

The job of an animator can be the most interesting, creative & exciting one. But the road to becoming an animator can be tough & challenging. Being a creative individual, you will have your moments of insecurities. You will doubt your abilities; even question your career choice. But the key is to hang in there, and not give up. We look at seven effective ways that animators use to overcome these periods of doubt to create memorable work. #1 Always be thick skinned Rejection will be your life long companion. Make it your best friend. When you first start out, you will not be experienced enough. Once you land a job, your work will not be good enough. Once you get recognition, you will not be affordable. Naysayers will always find an excuse to reject your work, and you. Don’t let that get you down. We know that it’s easier

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How to choose a colour theme for effective graphic design

Published on August 23, 2016, by in Graphics.

An effective graphic design is not just about the shapes. It is also about choosing the right colour theme. Different colours convey different moods & emotions. So how do you choose a colour theme that best suits your design? Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Psychology & symbolism Different colours symbolise different emotions, based on popular beliefs and cultures. But there are some generally accepted colour association like red stands for danger while green is for safety. Of course, your creativity & experience will guide you to choose a colour theme. But it helps to keep in mind these associations. This is the reason that green is mostly used for nature, youth & money, but red is used to highlight caution or things that need attention. Dark blue is generally used to signify dependability & safety, while pink & light purple stand for femininity. But dark purple

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Top student film festivals around the world

So you’ve completed your course, and you’ve made your first film. But how do you take it to maximum people? This is where student film festivals come in. Student film festivals are the best way to reach audience, and take your first step in the professional world of animation filmmaking. To make life easier for you, here’s a list of the top 10 student film festivals around the world. St. Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Film Beginning (Russia) As the name suggests, if this is your first film then this is the best place to start. Starting from a 5-minute fiction film to a 30-45 minute feature film/ documentaries/ animation, the festival accepts them all. Best part: The festival also offers special programs & workshops to hone your skills. Calgary International Film Festival’s Youth by Youth Cinema Program (Canada) Exclusively for students’ shorts, this festival gives a platform

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Are you meant to be a game animator?

Gaming is the in thing, and there is nothing cooler than being a game animator. There are so many games across a range of platforms & styles. From simple match-3 mobile games like Candy Crush to exploration & adventure games like Tomb Raider, to action games like Call of Duty & Angry Birds, the one thing common to all of them is animation. It is the job of a game animator to bring these games to life with their designs & skills. Here are a few things that you need to know before you join a gaming course. Basics of animation: Is there a difference? In reality, there is absolutely no difference. The basics of animation remain the same. The output differs based on the medium. So whether you are an animator for games, feature films, or VFX, timing, spacing, arcs, and weight will always remain crucial. In fact, with

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The evolution of Tom & Jerry

Published on August 4, 2016, by in Animation.

There is not a single one of us who have not seen Tom & Jerry, or don’t recollect the cat & mouse chase. This adorable duo forms an important part of our growing up years. But over a period of time, they too have evolved. Let’s travel back in time with this classic pair. Hanna-Barbera (1940-1958) Yes, they are that old!   The original creators of the cat & the mouse, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera worked for the MGM cartoon studio. Burdened with the task of directing profit-generating films for the studio, the pair came up with the idea. But it was met with opposition. After all, there had been enough cat & mouse cartoons. However, Hanna-Barbera stood their ground, and Tom & Jerry made their debut in February 1940 in the short Puss Gets the Boot. But they were yet to become Tom and Jerry. On their introduction,

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Suicide Squad: Comic book v/s movie

Published on August 4, 2016, by in Filmmaking, Graphics.

The much-awaited squad of super villains reaches theatres this weekend. Suicide Squad, a Warner Bros. Pictures production, is based on the comic book series of the same name by DC Comics. They are popular for their unorthodox methods of fighting crime on behalf of the government, in exchange for flexible prison sentence. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Let’s look at the characters of this infamous team who made it to the movie. Amanda Waller The creator of the Suicide Squad, she is the mediator between the government & the team. She is responsible for recruiting members to the Suicide Squad, and carrying out missions. In the comic books Nicknamed ‘The Wall’, Amanda made her first appearance in 1986 in the Legends series. Created by John Ostrander, Len Wein & John Byrne, she is often treated as the antihero due to her alliance with the government and the superheroes in the DC

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How Star Trek created visual effects history

Published on July 28, 2016, by in VFX.

Star Trek remains one of the most popular television & movie franchise till date. Generations have grown up watching this intergalactic science fiction. Besides the story, performances, and iconic characters, its popularity is largely due to its mind-blowing special effects. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that Star Trek created visual effects history. With the release of Star Trek Beyond this week, we thought of taking a look at how this popular series created VFX history in #ThrowbackThursday. Source: Paramount Pictures Models & glitter It goes without saying that the 1960s was not very technologically advanced. However, that did not stop writers & production studios from imagining big. Even at this point there were ideas of special effects. But this was the period of miniatures, matte paintings on glass & optical compositing on real film. And it all began with Star Trek: The Original Series. The number

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Roald Dahl: Book to movie adaptations

Published on July 26, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

In the long line of book to movie adaptations, Disney’s The BFG releases this Friday. And we can’t wait to watch it. The movie is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s fiction of the same name. But this is not the first time that Dahl’s work will entertain us on the big screen. In fact, when it comes to children’s movies, Dahl has always been a favourite. Before the release of The BFG, we take a look at five popular children’s movies adapted from Dahl’s books. Matilda One of the most loved children story, Matilda is the story of a child genius, Matilda Wormwood. At the age of one & a half, she speaks like an adult. By the age of three, she has already taught herself to read. But unfortunately, her parents don’t understand her gift, and consider her older brother Michael a much more worthy child. She eventually discovers

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