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How to choose a colour theme for effective graphic design

Published on August 23, 2016, by in Graphics.

An effective graphic design is not just about the shapes. It is also about choosing the right colour theme. Different colours convey different moods & emotions. So how do you choose a colour theme that best suits your design? Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Psychology & symbolism Different colours symbolise different emotions, based on popular beliefs and cultures. But there are some generally accepted colour association like red stands for danger while green is for safety. Of course, your creativity & experience will guide you to choose a colour theme. But it helps to keep in mind these associations. This is the reason that green is mostly used for nature, youth & money, but red is used to highlight caution or things that need attention. Dark blue is generally used to signify dependability & safety, while pink & light purple stand for femininity. But dark purple

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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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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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Suicide Squad: Comic book v/s movie

Published on August 4, 2016, by in Filmmaking, Graphics.

The much-awaited squad of super villains reaches theatres this weekend. Suicide Squad, a Warner Bros. Pictures production, is based on the comic book series of the same name by DC Comics. They are popular for their unorthodox methods of fighting crime on behalf of the government, in exchange for flexible prison sentence. Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Let’s look at the characters of this infamous team who made it to the movie. Amanda Waller The creator of the Suicide Squad, she is the mediator between the government & the team. She is responsible for recruiting members to the Suicide Squad, and carrying out missions. In the comic books Nicknamed ‘The Wall’, Amanda made her first appearance in 1986 in the Legends series. Created by John Ostrander, Len Wein & John Byrne, she is often treated as the antihero due to her alliance with the government and the superheroes in the DC

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How Star Trek created visual effects history

Published on July 28, 2016, by in VFX.

Star Trek remains one of the most popular television & movie franchise till date. Generations have grown up watching this intergalactic science fiction. Besides the story, performances, and iconic characters, its popularity is largely due to its mind-blowing special effects. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that Star Trek created visual effects history. With the release of Star Trek Beyond this week, we thought of taking a look at how this popular series created VFX history in #ThrowbackThursday. Source: Paramount Pictures Models & glitter It goes without saying that the 1960s was not very technologically advanced. However, that did not stop writers & production studios from imagining big. Even at this point there were ideas of special effects. But this was the period of miniatures, matte paintings on glass & optical compositing on real film. And it all began with Star Trek: The Original Series. The number

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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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