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Evolution of Indian animation

Published on July 4, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Animation means creating a set of images in a pattern that amplifies our imagination and takes us on a magical journey. These images can be drawn, painted or crafted using any means of artistic methods available. Amongst the big names of Pixar & Disney, it is a little known fact that the Indian animation industry is one of the oldest animation industries in the world. History Some little know facts about the Indian animation industry: Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian Cinema, is also the first Indian animator. In 1914, he made an animation film about the growth of a peapod into a plant through stop-motion animation. In 1956, Clair Weeks, a Disney Studios animator was invited by the Films Division of India to set up & train animators for the first ever Indian animation studios. The first Indian animated film was The Banyan Deer in 1957. Veteran animators Bhimsain &

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Animated Oscar is Frozen

Published on June 3, 2014, by in Animation.

Walt Disney Animation Studios, a renowned name in the world of animation, won an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category in 1939 for ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’. Since then it has won more Oscars in the same category but for Disney-Pixar productions like Brave & Ratatouille. After 75 years Disney repeated its win this year with its musical masterpiece, Frozen. What was so special about the movie? How was it able to evoke tremendous response from the audience & make huge profits? Here are a few things that made the movie a smashing hit. Plot As opposed to the regular Disney stories, this one is based on not one but two princesses – Elsa & Anna. It is not the traditional boy-meets-girl fairytale. Instead it is about the relationship between two sisters & their battle to stay loyal to each other, even when Prince Charming comes along.

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Storyboarding: Enhancing Artistic Vision

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Animation.

Making an animation feature is fun. But it requires a lot of planning & hard work. Storyboarding is the first & the most important step of this process. A storyboard is an organized series of drawings that detail the story & other important aspects like sound effects, music score, lighting & special effects. With the right training, you can build a career as a storyboard artist in production houses, television channels, ad agencies, website & gaming studios & others. Why is storyboarding so special Storyboard is an organised portrayal of the story through graphic drawings & pictures. It is a series of black & white or coloured artwork or sequence of images which depict motion, action in a scene & the landscape of the story. When required, you can also add dialogues within the framework to ensure that the scene can be designed as imagined by the story teller/animator. Storyboarding

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Stop Motion Animation: Another Approach to Animation

Published on November 6, 2013, by in Animation.

The world of animation has witnessed many changes over the years. From hand-drawn animation to 3D animation, it has evolved dramatically. In this competitive era of animation as a career, the industry is demanding technical skills, a good understanding of art and aesthetics, and a unique creative style. In today’s times, students focus on software knowledge and technologies to make their animation films. They rarely experiment with various other mediums of animation. One such medium of animation is stop-motion animation. It is the term used to describe the form of animation that is created by physically manipulating real world objects and photographing them, one frame at a time, to create the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence. There are various types of stop-motion animation. Some of them are: Claymation (Clay Animation) Clay animation is a unique form of stop-motion animation that uses

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Journey of Medical Animation (Part-2)

Published on August 21, 2013, by in Animation.

In our previous blog, we discussed how Medical Animation evolved. This part discusses the software used in Medical Animation and the career opportunities in the field. Era of 2D Animation 2D animation or two-dimensional animation is the creation of moving pictures, using consecutive frames of images. These successive images are placed at a rate of 24 frames per second. 2D animation is the preferred way to present medical illustrations. 2D medical animators use charts, posters, cartoons, and diagrammatic illustrations that show biological and medical processes, along with patient education booklets, newsletters and brochures that convey best practices for good health. The most popular 2D software include: Karbon: This is a scalable vector drawing application that allows artists to create complex drawings and turn them into high quality illustrations without losing image quality. Inkscape: This is an open source vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X.

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Journey of Medical Animation (Part-1)

Published on August 21, 2013, by in Animation.

Animation is an exceptional form of art that offers  significant information about the appearance of an object as well as its movement and interaction with its surroundings. It facilitates the artist to employ his complete imagination to generate remarkable impact. Earlier the source of inspiration for animation was nature. Animators observed the movement of living organisms and then built animations for industries other than Media & Entertainment. With the  advancement in computer applications,  came in the new automated systems. A range of sensors (mechanical, optical or magnetic) have been used to record the movements of organisms, which convert it in to animated characters. This course of action is generally known as ‘motion capture’. Animation has provided new horizons in the field of medical studies, clinical diagnostics, surgical trainings, drug delivery and immunology. Medical animation is the simplest and best way for professionals and the general public to understand higher level of

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Augmented Reality: Vision Redefined

Published on January 3, 2013, by in Animation.

The purpose of using Augmented Reality (AR) is to add information and meaning to a real object or place. It all started with the basic concept of superimposing an object or layer over another layer or object. It is nothing but an artificial view of a live feed composited in real time with some relevant overlaying information. For the past few decades, more so in the last 5-6 years, with the development of Smart Phones, this artificial view of the physical world – ’Augmented Reality’ has come out from the scientist’s lab and is gradually becoming a part of our daily life. People’s quest for seeing something more than what they can experience in real life led Morton L. Heilig, a film-maker, to design the first virtual reality experience in the 60’s. He patented a machine called Sensorama in 1961. For his research and inventions in this space he is

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Portfolio Management: How to develop your portfolio?

Published on November 5, 2012, by in Animation.

This article is aimed towards beginners but existing professionals can find these tips useful too. Showreel has been a topic of discussion for a long time. People struggle to put their work together for that presentation, which will help them to get an interview call. I look at an interview process as the result of Preparation, Compilation and Presentation. Preparation When it comes to preparation, the prospective employee must be thoroughly prepared. Pitching in studios with a common showreel is not a good idea; the showreel must be studio specific;. A few things that you should find out about a studio before compiling your Final works: What is their portfolio? What they are looking for? How do they expect to see the work (which format)? If possible, a reference in the studio. Most of this information is already available on a studio’s website. Compilation Compilation is all about the selection.

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A realistic approach to build your career in the animation industry

Published on October 30, 2012, by in Animation.

India’s animation industry has immense potential to grow and it is estimated to grow to USD 2.9 billion by 2015 from the present USD 1.8 billion, according to NASSCOM. With this growth in demand, it is very important to supply the same quality and quantity of professionals to the industry. There are about 300+ animation and 40+ VFX companies in India and the numbers are growing. But the question is: Are we really building talent to meet industry standards? Here are some points which will help you understand where you stand and what you still need to achieve: Money v/s Passion: Though we all work with the intention of earning money, before getting into this field, please figure out your passion quotient. Do not let the opportunities decide what you want/ need to do; let your internal passion and talent decide what you will do in this industry. Timeframe: If

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Medical Animation: A growing industry

Published on October 8, 2012, by in Animation.

In my previous article, I had covered in brief various industries other than main stream media and entertainment that extensively use 3D animation. In this article, I will discuss the medical animation industry the role of 3D animation in real world medical simulations. Medical animation helps a doctor to explain to his patients how things work inside the human body, and how the suggested procedure would help him/her to treat the cause of ailment. This also helps the doctors reduce the patients’ anxiety levels and address their fears. For example, if a doctor need to explain a disease like cancer, he would normally put it as “Cancer is a  term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues. Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems which can prove fatal”. However, by watching the below animated

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