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6 animated short films to watch to pep up your mood

Published on November 21, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Need something to pep up your mood? But don’t have much time? What better way than to watch a short film! The popularity of short films is on the rise, thanks to increasing users on the internet, and the growing interest in web-series’. The availability of these films for little or no charge has only added to the demand. We list six animation short films that will turn that frown upside down. Zero How often do we see people discriminating on the basis of status? Zero turns the concept on its head with some breathtaking stop-motion animation. In this world, beings are judged on the basis of their number. Here the protagonist is discriminated against for having the number zero. But the end is not as dark as it sounds. This is a feel-good love story, and is sure to put you in a good mood in no time. Lifted

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How visual effects in horror films helped Hollywood

Published on November 9, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

Horror films and VFX go hand-in-hand. Since the early days of film, right from Méliès to the latest Saw movie, visual effects have always been an important part of bringing stitched together exhumed corpses, and the undead chewing down on a man’s interior to the big screen. So following the Halloween season, we thought of taking a look at the evolution of visual effects in horror films. Early films Before technical advancements in visual effects, and software, there was magician-turned-filmmaker, Georges Méliès. Méliès is credited with making the first-ever horror and vampire movie in 1896 – The Haunted Castle. Definitely no match for current visual effects in Hollywood, the movie made effective use of the diesel and steam innovations, of course, assisted by the magician’s own tools of illusion & sleight of hand. And thus was established the long-running link between horror and VFX. The living dead Vampires have rules

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Why should you watch Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them?

Published on October 25, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

Even before Chetan Bhagat took credit for making people read again, there was another author who had started the process with a lot of success (and good writing). J.K Rowling, and her Harry Potter series, encouraged an entire generation of people to start reading. So it is only obvious that when her writing is adapted for the big screen, we make a beeline. Come November, and we will be counting days for the release of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, a prequel to Harry Potter, and an adaptation of her book by the same name. Here’s why we are looking forward to this movie. The story Based on Rowling’s book by the same name, it was first mentioned as a part of Harry Potter’s course books in his first year at Hogwarts. With popular demand, Rowling wrote the book in a school text book style, and released it

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VFX breakdown of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Published on October 20, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking, VFX.

If you like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, Sweenie Todd & Frankenweenie, you must have loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is a classic Tim Burton movie in his characteristic Goth-fantasy style. Although his star performer, Johnny Depp is missing from the cast, his distinct style is evident throughout the film. We take you through the VFX breakdown of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The story Based on American author, Ransom Riggs’ debut novel of the same name, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a boy who, after a family tragedy, discovers a part of earth he never knew existed. He picks up on clues that lead him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. All the children living in that orphanage have unique abilities. The right place The movie was filmed in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Florida, USA. Burton wanted the

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5 VFX tricks used in the Game of Thrones series

Published on October 6, 2016, by in Animation, VFX.

George R.R. Martin (author of A Game of Thrones book series) possibly never imagined that his work will capture popular imagination to this extent. The television adaptation gained major TRP because of its visual effects. From magnificent landscapes & legendary creatures to epic scenes & larger-than-life fights (think Jon Snow and the White Walker); all have been created with such attention to detail that you wouldn’t know what is real and what isn’t. We list five VFX tricks used in the Game of Thrones series. The backdrops Though a large part of the world’s most popular series is shot in a studio in Belfast, and elsewhere on location in Croatia, Malta, Northern Ireland, Iceland & Morocco, there are still parts that are shot/ modified with the help of a green screen. For example, the boat rowing scene was originally shot against a green screen but the final result showed it

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Tips for facial animation

Published on September 30, 2016, by in Animation.

Happy, sad, angry, confused, irritated, nervous, or any other emotion, it can all be expressed without speaking a single word. It is all there in your facial expressions. For an actor it is all performance. But what about an animated character? From Merida rolling her eyes to Abu’s confused look, everything is the work of an animator. We share with you some useful tips for facial animation that can make your animated character both lovable & memorable. Why does an animated character need facial animation? The simplest answer is to make an animated character life-like. It has the same role as that for a real actor. Facial expressions reveal the actual thoughts of the character to create the illusion of life in animation. It can mostly be achieved with simple rigs, and is all about the presentation & timing. Although animation allows for exaggeration, the most successful animated performances are

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VFX breakdown of Battle of the Bastards (Emmy-winning episode of Game of Thrones)

Published on September 27, 2016, by in Animation, VFX.

Game of Thrones (GoT) recently created history with 23 nominations and 12 wins at the Emmy Awards. Besides winning in the most popular categories, it also won for Outstanding Visual Effects, its fifth consecutive win in this category. So how did it happen this year? We bring you the VFX breakdown of Battle of the Bastards. The episode GoT season 6 episode, Battle of the Bastards, will remain one of the most talked-about episodes in the series. The battle was a showdown between the armies of Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton over control of the North. The 22 minute battle was supposed to be gritty and impulsive, giving a real sense of the chaos of men and horses fighting in the mud. The episode also required bringing together a lot of previous narrative threads together in a single, high-impact collision, and this required a huge effort and special effect team behind

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A guide to working in an animation studio for the first time

Welcome to your first day in an animation studio. So you’ve completed your course, and landed your first job. Or you have been enterprising enough to get an internship while you are still in college. Either way, working in an animation studio is very different from the classroom. All the theory cannot prepare you for the actual demands of the job. In this blog post, we provide you a guide to working in an animation studio for the first time. After all, it is best to be as prepared as possible. Is this supposed to be fun? Yes, it is, and no, it is not. Before you get too confused, let’s simplify this for you. This is the biggest challenge of working in an animation studio. The place will mostly look like a summer camp. There will be gossip, casual clothing, planned activities, and snacks. But there is also a

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John Lasseter’s principles of animation

John Lasseter can easily be considered the father of modern 3D animation. With Pixar & Toy Story, he revolutionised the 3D animation industry. Over the years, Lasseter has become a force to reckon in the 3D animation industry, and swears by seven principles. We give you Lasseter’s principles of animation. Principle #1 Never come up with just one idea Whether a short film (Pixar is famous for their shorts!), or a feature film, always have more than just one idea. We would say, have at least three ideas to be on the safe side. Of course, there will be that one idea that you will be very keen to make. Start working on that idea. But keep a few back-ups. Chances are that your favourite idea may hit unforeseen roadblocks. Often, you have thought so much about that idea that there is no place for any changes or modifications. But

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Seven Disney castles that really exist

Published on September 6, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Disney castles are what dreams are made of. But who said that dreams can’t come true? These seven castles in Disney movies were inspired from real castles & monuments across the globe. Castle DunBroch (Brave) – Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland Castle DunBroch was at the heart of Disney’s Brave. Story artist, Louis Gonzales wanted to create an earthy & solid castle, unlike the usual prim & proper, Cinderella-like castles. Eilean Donan Castle became the model for Merida’s home. Sleeping Beauty Castle – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria One of the most popular fairy tale structures, the Sleeping Beauty Castle is also the entrance design for Disneyland. But the real castle is in Bavaria. The Sleeping Beauty Castle was based on 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle. Looks like the castle was originally built for a fairy tale effect; it was inspired from the operas of Richard Wagner. The castle of Corona (Tangled) – Mont

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