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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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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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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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Voice-over actors in Bollywood

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

From Jack Black as Kung Fu Panda to Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Hollywood has a long tradition of popular voice-over actors for animated/ VFX films. But Bollywood is not far behind. Here are the top 10 voice-over actors in Bollywood. Shahrukh Khan – The Incredibles When Pixar’s The Incredibles was dubbed into Hindi as Hum Hain Lajawaab, who else could play the lead role but our very own King Khan? Shahrukh Khan gave his voice to the character of Mr. Lajawaab (Mr. Incredible). But he was not alone. His son, Aryan became the voice of Tez (Dash), Mr. Lajawaab’s son. Hear the fun. Source: Kinna S Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan – Roadside Romeo The royal couple of Bollywood made animation cool when they lent their voice to Roadside Romeo. Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan were Romeo & Laila, respectively, and worked on the lines of

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Disney: Animation to live-action

Published on July 20, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

It all started with Alice in the Wonderland. Then there was Maleficent, and Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. Of course, now we are waiting for Beauty & the Beast. Yes, we are talking about the Disney live-action movies that are an adaptation of their own animated films. Let’s take a look at 10 upcoming movies that Disney is turning into a live-action adventure. #1 Tink Introduced to movie audiences in Peter Pan (1953), Tinker Bell is Disney’s unofficial mascot. She is present not only in its multimedia advertising, but also in its theme parks. She also has her own series of successful direct-to-video animated films. Now she is ready to hit the big screen once again, this time in live-action. A little bird, or may be a little fairy, told us that the movie will star (and be produced by) Reese Witherspoon. Of course, it goes without saying that we

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How to create the best villains: Guidelines by Andreas Deja

Published on July 15, 2016, by in Animation.

Character animator Andreas Deja has been responsible for a lot of memorable characters, from King Triton in The Little Mermaid to Lilo in Lilo & Stitch. But he is most remembered for his villains. Deja has to his credit three of the most popular animated villains of animation history – Gaston (Beauty & the Beast), Jafar (Aladdin), and Scar (The Lion King). In this blog post, we take you through Deja’s process of work, and how he created these immortal characters. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) As per Deja, Gaston remains his most difficult villain. The character was originally designed as a wig-wearing goof. But it was not realistic. Deja went back to the drawing board, and started drawing a human but a little cartoony. He soon discovered that this approach too was the wrong one. The team wanted the character to be handsome, in complete contrast to the Beast.

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Beauty & the Beast

Published on July 15, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Emma Watson recently updated her Facebook profile with the latest poster of Beauty & the Beast. Since we have to wait till March, 2017 to experience the classic tale on the big screen, we thought we’d take a trip down the memory lane. Here are eight things that you did not know about Disney’s animated Beauty & the Beast. # The opening scene Every fan of the animated Beauty & the Beast remembers the opening of the movie – a beautiful cell animation stained glass. When deciding on the opening of the film, the filmmakers wanted to give a different spin to the storybook opening. The stained glass opening not only captures the timeless feeling of “Once upon a time…”, it also sets the tone for the rest of the movie. # The prologue The filmmakers possibly believed in ‘first impression is the last impression’. So they wanted to make

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Birth of Mickey Mouse

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Animation.

Mickey Mouse is one of the oldest & the most popular animated characters around the world. In fact, in 1978, he became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So where did it all begin? In Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the beginning of one of the world’s most loved characters. Mickey’s story actually starts with a rabbit. Before Disney Studio became the biggest name in the global animation industry, it was Disney Brothers Studio, a part of the Universal Pictures’ animation wing. In 1927, Walt Disney created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit. The round, white face, big button nose and floppy black ears were an instant hit, and Universal produced a series of shorts. In 1928, when Disney met Universal executives to negotiate another contract, he was informed that the studio had hired all of his employees and retained the rights

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Finding Dory: Behind the scenes

Published on June 27, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Since its release in 2003, Finding Nemo has become the most popular & most watched Pixar film. So it comes as no surprise that the sequel, Finding Dory, was much awaited, and was welcomed with a lot of excitement & enthusiasm. Now that it has reached the theatres, we bring you seven interesting facts about the movie that you may not know. Source: Disney Pixar #Fact 1: Creating Dory Can you imagine Finding Nemo without Dory? Neither can we. But there was a version of the film without her. Dory was never part of the original story. In fact, Marlin was supposed to have a male sidekick, and Gill was the top contender. It was while watching episodes of Ellen that director, Andrew Stanton struck gold. He noticed Ellen DeGeneres (voice of Dory) change the subject five times before completing a sentence. This gave him the idea of a character

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The ‘original’ Jungle Book

Published on April 7, 2016, by in Animation.

We are just a day away from the much-awaited, The Jungle Book. While we wait, we thought of going back to the original, Walt Disney’s animated film, The Jungle Book that released in 1967. From rejected characters & songs to a refusal from The Beatles to sing for the movie, The Jungle Book proved to be the most trying film of Walt Disney’s career. We take you behind the scenes of this amazing marvel.   Walt Disney’s last film Walt Disney passed away in 1966 after a prolonged battle with lung cancer. The movie was released the following year, making it the last animation film that Walt Disney himself worked on. After Disney’s death, the future of the Disney Studio was uncertain & many believed that the studio may have to be closed down. But the critical & financial success of the film ensured that Disney Animation continues to work.

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