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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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6 animation tips for animators

Published on December 24, 2015, by in Animation.

Animation studios are equal amounts of fun, hard work & competition. You must continuously evolve your skills, and upgrade your abilities to work in a team. We bring you six tips to achieve success as an animator.   Focus on strengths Understand your and the teams’ abilities. Efficient division of labour can lead to a well-made movie. It is best to play to everyone’s strengths & weaknesses. It is good to push people to develop new skills, but not in the middle of a project. Don’t force a good art designer to create lighting set up. Let each person on the team contribute to the best of their abilities. Of course, once a project is over or when you have some free time on hand, encourage members to learn new skills. Set them small goals to test progress, and guide them to go further.   Communicate There’s no such thing

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The Good Dinosaur: unknown facts

Published on December 21, 2015, by in Animation.

Pixar’s latest release, The Good Dinosaur made people wonder what would happen if dinosaurs were still around. Like Spot, we may or may not have behaved like dogs. But we sure could have made some new friends. Did you know, when Pixar first announced the movie, it was jokingly titled ‘The untitled Pixar movie about dinosaurs’. They even created a logo. Here are a few more unknown facts about the film. Read till the end for a very special surprise! Source: UTV Motion Pictures Story Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will remind you of Disney’s The Lion King. It is the tale of Arlo, a lost, little dinosaur as he loses his father & family, makes new friends, and finds his way home & his courage. The inspiration for the story came to Bob Peterson, one of the writers of the film, from his childhood memory of a trip to New

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VFX of The Walk

Published on November 18, 2015, by in VFX.

Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk was a biography of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and was based on the high-wire walk between Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre on August 7, 1974. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, highlight of the film was the believable recreation of the historic walk. Gordon-Levitt trained under Petit, and shot for the climactic wire-walking scenes on a soundstage. But the real magic happened behind the scenes when Atomic Fiction, led by visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie reproduced the final walk for the film. Besides Gordon-Levitt’s training, the VFX process involved lengthy previs, a green screen studio in Montreal, simulcam setups, stunt doubles, face replacements, meticulous replication of 1974 New York and the Towers, innovative cloud rendering, and some neat compositing. High-wire planning The team was sure that they had to create a set of the rooftop of the World Trade Center Towers and the rest would be

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