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Beauty & the Beast

Published on July 15, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Emma Watson recently updated her Facebook profile with the latest poster of Beauty & the Beast. Since we have to wait till March, 2017 to experience the classic tale on the big screen, we thought we’d take a trip down the memory lane. Here are eight things that you did not know about Disney’s animated Beauty & the Beast. # The opening scene Every fan of the animated Beauty & the Beast remembers the opening of the movie – a beautiful cell animation stained glass. When deciding on the opening of the film, the filmmakers wanted to give a different spin to the storybook opening. The stained glass opening not only captures the timeless feeling of “Once upon a time…”, it also sets the tone for the rest of the movie. # The prologue The filmmakers possibly believed in ‘first impression is the last impression’. So they wanted to make

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Superheroes

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Graphics.

Superheroes are a huge part of our fantasy. They are the reason we still believe good defeats evil. Superheroes have always provided us with icons. We look at top 10 superheroes who continue to be our inspiration. Batman We have to begin with the caped crusader. Created by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger, Batman made his debut in Detective Comics (series published by DC Comics) in 1939. Within a year the character became so popular that in 1940 he got his own independent title. Over the years Batman has been adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television & films. What makes him special: A large part of his popularity is because he has no special powers, and relies on his scientific knowledge & martial art skills. Even his secret identity, Bruce Wayne, the billionaire, and owner of Wayne Enterprises, is involved with various charities &

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Birth of Mickey Mouse

Published on July 8, 2016, by in Animation.

Mickey Mouse is one of the oldest & the most popular animated characters around the world. In fact, in 1978, he became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So where did it all begin? In Throwback Thursday, we take a look at the beginning of one of the world’s most loved characters. Mickey’s story actually starts with a rabbit. Before Disney Studio became the biggest name in the global animation industry, it was Disney Brothers Studio, a part of the Universal Pictures’ animation wing. In 1927, Walt Disney created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit. The round, white face, big button nose and floppy black ears were an instant hit, and Universal produced a series of shorts. In 1928, when Disney met Universal executives to negotiate another contract, he was informed that the studio had hired all of his employees and retained the rights

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Finding Dory: Behind the scenes

Published on June 27, 2016, by in Animation, Filmmaking.

Since its release in 2003, Finding Nemo has become the most popular & most watched Pixar film. So it comes as no surprise that the sequel, Finding Dory, was much awaited, and was welcomed with a lot of excitement & enthusiasm. Now that it has reached the theatres, we bring you seven interesting facts about the movie that you may not know. Source: Disney Pixar #Fact 1: Creating Dory Can you imagine Finding Nemo without Dory? Neither can we. But there was a version of the film without her. Dory was never part of the original story. In fact, Marlin was supposed to have a male sidekick, and Gill was the top contender. It was while watching episodes of Ellen that director, Andrew Stanton struck gold. He noticed Ellen DeGeneres (voice of Dory) change the subject five times before completing a sentence. This gave him the idea of a character

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MAAC students pay tribute to Babasaheb Ambedkar

Published on April 29, 2016, by in Filmmaking.

“Movie-making is telling a story with the best technology at your disposal.” – Tom Hanks   And that is exactly what MAAC students of Indiranagar (Bangalore) centre achieved recently. On the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, MAAC students made a short film on the life & teaching of the architect of the Indian constitution called ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – Jewel in India’s Crown’. Students utilised their knowledge & learning to make this three minute motion graphic film under the guidance of Ravi Kiran (technical faculty, MAAC Indiranagar), and Amit Dang (MAAC zonal academics head – South). The film was released on April 16, 2016 in Bangalore during an event organized by Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) at UB City Mall, Bangalore. The film was screened in the presence of Padmashree Mohan Das Pai (vice chairman, BPAC), Harish Bijoor (brand consultant), actor Prakash Belwadi, and other

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The ‘original’ Jungle Book

Published on April 7, 2016, by in Animation.

We are just a day away from the much-awaited, The Jungle Book. While we wait, we thought of going back to the original, Walt Disney’s animated film, The Jungle Book that released in 1967. From rejected characters & songs to a refusal from The Beatles to sing for the movie, The Jungle Book proved to be the most trying film of Walt Disney’s career. We take you behind the scenes of this amazing marvel.   Walt Disney’s last film Walt Disney passed away in 1966 after a prolonged battle with lung cancer. The movie was released the following year, making it the last animation film that Walt Disney himself worked on. After Disney’s death, the future of the Disney Studio was uncertain & many believed that the studio may have to be closed down. But the critical & financial success of the film ensured that Disney Animation continues to work.

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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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Investing in education? Get set for fantastic returns!

Published on March 15, 2016, by in Career Buzz.

Rs. 50 for snacks at the college canteen. Rs. 500 for a smart outfit to wear to office. Rs. 5000 for education that gets you ready for a successful career – for life. In our world, everything of value comes at a price. If you pay nothing, you will get nothing. Same goes for education. “Gain the right job skills and achieve your dream career.” This sounds simple, but it may not always be. Getting the right job skills costs money. And obviously, no one wants to spend money without knowing what the benefits will be. “Are the fees worth it?”  “Can I afford to pay?”  “Are there EMI options?” When selecting the right training for your career, you will definitely ask yourself these questions at some point. The way to answer these questions is to weigh what you are giving against what you will get. Education is an investment

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Battle for the Best VFX honour at the Oscars 2016

Published on February 25, 2016, by in VFX.

As we approach the Oscar season & we are keeping our fingers crossed for our favourites. But here we take a look at the Best VFX nominees this year, and analyze their chances of winning the coveted trophy. Ex Machina A futuristic sci-fi British psychological thriller, this is about a computer programmer who encounters an artificially intelligent robot named Ava. The robot is designed as a cyborg with a striking human-like appearance but also obvious translucent robotic components. Double Negative, Milk VFX, Plum Animation & Utopia are some of the key visual effects teams that worked on this movie. Source: CGMeetup Oscar hit: On its own, Ex Machina packs a fine punch. The manner in which Ava’s CG rendered body parts are seamlessly blended into the cinematography shots is incredible. Oscar miss: The movie has some amazing VFX but nearly not enough to make it a strong contender especially when

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Become job-ready in a few months!

Published on February 25, 2016, by in Career Buzz.

The right career training is not only about the right course, but also about the right amount of time spent on developing your skills & learning new techniques. The amount of time you spend on a course is directly related to your career goals. If you wish to polish an existing skill or learn new software, a few months, or even a few weeks may be enough. But if you want to learn the details of a process, then it is advisable to dedicate a considerable amount of time. You may also look for shorter versions of existing courses so that you can learn at your own pace, and as per your own interest. Generally, course duration can be divided into two categories: Long term courses As the name suggests, these courses are designed to teach your chosen subject in detail. For example, if you choose an animation course, you

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