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5 top job opportunities for a visual designer

As the name suggests, visual designers are hired by all kinds of companies that require visual communication. It could be an ad agency or a corporate company. If there is need for visual design communication, then there is a job opportunity. We look at some job industries that typically hire a visual designer. Advertising agencies Visual designers are responsible for product design & advertisements for labels, websites, and billboards. A visual designer has to create eye-catching advertisements, and should be updated about latest software & developments. Multimedia artist A multimedia artist performs the same task as a visual designer. He/ she specialises in special effects across all mediums like television, movies, games, and video. With the use of specialised computer software, the artists design sketches of scenes, images and animation. Video game developers   Working at a video game company is considered a treat for most designers. Video game companies

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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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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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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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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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Five movies that could not have been made without VFX

Published on June 1, 2015, by in Career Guidance, VFX.

Visual effects form an integral part of production process of any movie today. Whether it is a cutting edge science fiction, or a simple romantic comedy, the art of visual effects are put to use in all movies. But sometimes the work is so good that it is almost impossible to make out the difference. A good VFX work creates the illusion that the movie was shot in reality. But it is actually the effort of the visual effects team that brings the film to life. Today we look at top five Bollywood hits that may never have been made if visual effects had not been invented. Chennai Express SRK’s hit romantic comedy has nothing to do with the Indian Railways but everything to do with the Red Chillies VFX team. It is easy to assume that the production was filled with outdoor shoots, with repeated sequences in trains. But

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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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