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5 things to remember when designing a mobile game app

Published on October 14, 2016, by in Gaming.

From Candy Crush to Temple Run, mobile game apps are the future of the gaming industry. Of course, the Xbox still rules. But more people are opting for the handy & user-friendly versions of games. Availability of high-end software has also helped improve the gaming experience, and the demand for better games. The mobile gaming industry is on an upward slope with no intensions of coming down any time soon. While all this is good news for mobile game developers designing mobile game apps, there are a few things that they need to keep in mind. Read on as we list out the things to keep in mind while designing a mobile game app. 1. Own your game The moment you see a little man running behind mushrooms and gold coins, killing turtles to save a princess, you instantly know that it is Super Mario. The theme song is enough

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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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Evolution of logo design – Part 3

Published on September 20, 2016, by in Graphics.

Evolution of logo design is a constant process. As mentioned in our previous blogs – Evolution of logo design-Part 1 & Evolution of logo design-Part 2 – social, political & economic changes have always made an impact on the evolution of logo design. In this last part of the series, we will look at where does logo design stand today & what is its future. 1945 – 1970: Late modern – Simple became the new complex As the political scenario changed, and things started to look more peaceful, arts too took a non-decorative, simple approach. This introduced a new form of simplicity in logo designs. The late modern era simplified & dramatised the integration of text & images through pictorial collages & overlapping shapes. National Broadcasting Company (NBC) As symbolic logos became the rage, NBC became one of the first to take advantage of the change. The NBC logo (designed

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Evolution of logo design – Part 2

Published on September 15, 2016, by in Graphics.

In our last blog we covered the early years of the evolution of logo design. In this second part we will take a look at the most important phase of logo design that shaped the modern rules of graphic design. 1910 – 1935: Early modern – The rebel period In the evolution of logo design the early modern was a turning point. Graphic designers started to break free from traditional rules of graphic & logo design, and went on to experiment. The logo designs of this period were more geometric in shape with a minimalist approach, clean typefaces and photographs instead of illustrations. This period gave rise to the importance of functions of a logo design rather than only its form; a concept that prevails today. A symbol for cigarettes The revolution came about not only in terms of style & design but also in terms of the products being

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Evolution of logo design – Part 1

Published on September 13, 2016, by in Graphics.

A picture is worth a thousand words. This idiom holds most true for logos. From texts to symbols, company & brand logos are the identity that surrounds us everywhere. Whether floral & artsy or minimalist & flat, evolution of logo design has influenced generations, and are a reflection of the period, and the product philosophy. Based on the simple rule of shapes & symbols, logos are important to represent a company in the desired light, and create brand recall & loyalty. Since it would be difficult, and unfair, to crunch the whole history in just one blog post, we decided to break it up into three parts – early years, middle years, and modern times. In this first part, we begin with the early years of evolution of logo design. 1837 – 1901: VICTORIAN ERA – Early symbolism Queen Victoria remains an important figure in every aspect of history. From

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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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