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Zootopia: Behind the scenes

Published on March 28, 2016, by in Animation.

We are all going awwww over Disney’s latest ‘talking animal’ movie, Zootopia. So we thought, why not take you behind the scenes of this amazing adventure. From Mickey Mouse to The Jungle Book, talking animal movies have been a favourite Disney theme. With Zootopia, they have gone a step further. Here the animals not only talk, they walk, wear clothes, and go to work. In short, if they were not animals, they’d be humans. But there is more behind the scenes that made this wonder possible. Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios Start at the beginning Even before the animators started to break down the sequences, they spent close to 18 months researching movements, hair & personalities of all kinds of animals. This helped them decide all the animals that would feature in the film & in what roles. Of course, as is always the case with research, close to 80%

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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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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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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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VFX breakdown of creation of Paul Walker for Furious 7

Published on April 15, 2015, by in Animation, VFX.

Last week, the Fast & Furious franchise released its latest installation – Furious 7. Much awaited by industry and fans alike, the film faced its biggest challenge when its lead actor, Paul Walker died in a car accident. But the makers made turned this film into homage to Walker & his performance in the previous editions of the franchise. In this post we take a look at the cutting edge visual effects techniques that made it possible to keep Paul Walker’s character in the movie while still giving him a proper send off. Paul Walker had only about completed half the scenes for the movie when his untimely demise left the producers in a problem. They were forced to delay the release of the movie so that they could construct the story around what they had already shot. In order to bring back Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker’s character), the filmmakers

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2D v/s 3D animation

Published on March 30, 2015, by in Animation.

There are quite a few animation styles practiced today. It is almost like the animator’s signature style. We associate Disney with 2D animation, whereas Pixar is known for 3D animation. Further ahead, Aardman Animations is always associated with clay animation, and Laika Entertainment is known for stop-motion animation. However, the most common forms used are 2D and 3D animation, both with their own pros and cons. A production team must determine the purpose, and the look & feel of the project before deciding on the course of action to take. In this post, we will discuss the merits and demerits of 2D and 3D animation, so that next time you know which method suits your story better. Source: Bloop Animation   2D animation  This is the oldest form of animation, and is still preferred by traditional animators around the world. With the evolution of animation, this form comes with its

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