MAAC organises National Students’ Meet; enthusiastic students attempt World Record!
200 students from 40 cities create life-size artwork at the Rann of Kutch
- in just five hours
January 2016: MAAC held the National Students’ Meet (NSM) at the Rann
of Kutch from 17-20 January. Not only was the location
amazing, so were the students! During the event, 200 MAAC students got together
to create a life-size artwork within just 5 hours. Their effort was noticed in a
big way - the prestigious Limca Book of Records recorded the event,
and the panel is in the process of deciding whether to include it as a World
The idea behind MAAC’s annual Students’ Meet is to encourage animation
& VFX students from all over the country to come together and be a part of creative
& technical seminars, workshops, case studies, panel discussions - as well as
to participate in fun activities. NSM provides a platform to collaborate on live
projects, network with eminent personalities of the animation industry, and get
access to real-life experiences & industry insights.
During the four-day event, MAAC students attended workshops & spent time with
leading names from the industry. Sanath PC, founder-director of
Firefly Creative Studio, took students behind the scenes of the mega blockbuster,
Baahubali. He spoke about VFX techniques used in the movie and kept the audience
spell-bound with its magic.
National Award-winning director Shoojit Sircar was the showstopper
at NSM 2016. Sircar conducted a session on film-making, which was
followed by sessions on the craft of photography - conducted by
acclaimed fashion photographer Colston Julian - and animation
design by veteran film designer Dhimant Vyas. There
was even a workshop on pre-production, conducted by Sanjiv
Waeerkar, chief creative officer at MAAC.
As the curtains fall on NSM 2016, students look forward to having their work entered
in the Limca Book of Records, and a year full of learning & fun.
MAAC students have a blast in Goa
MAAC recently conducted National Students' Meet (NSM) 2015 in Goa, which received
an overwhelming response, with more than 300 students from 40 different cities participating
in the meet. We bring you the highlights of this fun & learning event:
Day1: What better way to start than by checking into a beach facing room! Once relaxed
& ready to get started, a fun-filled game, Reborn was organised to spark students'
creativity & instill a sense of team building. The day ended with a karaoke
session, which had students singing & enjoying all through the evening.
Day 2: The formal inauguration by MAAC business head, Ram Warrier was followed by
two incredible sessions by Yulien Tso (supervisor & senior compositor - MPC
Advertising), and E. Suresh (founder - Studio Eeksaurus Pvt. Ltd.). The icing on
the cake was the special screening of the animated movie, Fisherwoman and TukTuk
that won India its first ever award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival,
2015. Post-lunch, students attended workshops by industry stalwarts, including creative
workshop by Ajit Rao, acting in animation by Kulvinder Bakshish, and pebblemation
workshop by MAAC R&D team.
Day 3: This was another day of learning that started with a panel discussion between
veterans in the field of animation & VFX. In the next session, students experienced
a live session where prominent animators like Ajit Rao, E. Suresh, Arnab Chaudhary
& Sanjiv Waeerkar drew on Wacom tablets. The first half ended with a session
by film director Arnab Chaudhary, popular for his animation film, Arjun - The Warrior
Prince. The evening came to a close with the much-awaited masquerade theme party.
The gala night also saw winner announcements for various inter-team competitions
organised during the three days of NSM. Winners received a gold medal. For a special
competition organised by Wacom, the winner received a Wacom tablet worth Rs. 8000.
As the event came to an end, students said their goodbyes & carried back fond
memories of NSM 2015 - fun workshops, amazing interactions, and exciting moments
spent by the beach, and at the gala night.
National Students Meet 2015
MAAC hosts National Students Meet 2015 from 19-22 January, 2015 at Fariyas Resort,
Lonavala. An exclusive opportunity for MAAC students to interact with & learn
from industry experts. Be there!
National Students Meet 2014 by MAAC concludes successfully
NSM is one of the most eagerly awaited events and is conducted twice a year for
MAAC students. This is an opportunity for them to interact with industry experts
and fellow students.
The event comprised of interactive live sessions & workshops in Hyderabad, which
were conducted by experienced and successful professionals. Students worked on live
projects, visited animation studios and enjoyed a trip to Ramoji Film City.
More than 150 students, apart from the faculty, staff and team of MAAC, attended
this four-day, fun-cum-learning event. NSM 2014 saw interactive sessions on 'VFX
Technical & Showcase', 'Making of Chatur Chetan', 'TVC Film Making', 'Animation',
and 'VFX in Feature Films' by eminent personalities such as Mr. Madhusudhanan (National
Award winning VFX supervisor), Mr. Kaizar Mandal & team (Creative Director,
Dreams Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Vaibhav More (independent film maker & founder of Vaibhav
More Films), Mr. Suresh EC (director-animations of Aisthis Media Creations) and
Mr. Viral Thakkar (Computer Graphics Head (Films) of Pixion) respectively.
In the event spanning four days, informative workshops on theatre and photography
were conducted by Ms. Suruchi Aulakh, theatre artist and acting trainer modelling
lead from Xentrix Studios, and Mr. Ashok Kandimalla, a photography expert.
Other entertaining activities such as SPLASH, a pool party and Grand Gala Night
were organized. However, the showstopper of the event was the 'Scene set up with
Miniatures' Workshop conducted by the Research and Development team of MAAC. This
workshop focused on the study of modelling, texturing, lighting and special effects,
which are the most important functions in the Animation and VFX production pipeline.
Students were made to create a complete miniature model in just 3 hours with the
help of the team and the output was phenomenal. The workshop was a major crowd puller
at the National Students Meet 2014.
Three cheers for the MAAC team & the students to make this event a grand success!
National Students Meet 2014
MAAC students have marked their calendar from 21st to 23rd January, 2014 to attend
one of the most eagerly awaited events - the MAAC National Students Meet (NSM).
NSM is an opportunity for MAAC's budding animators & VFX artists to learn
from renowned industry experts. Students will also attend live sessions & workshops
in Hyderabad, work on live projects, visits animation studios and enjoy a visit
to Ramoji Film City.
Get Set Go!
MAAC Maharajas in the Pink City!
The most awaited event of the animation industry comes to Jaipur. The National Students
Meet (NSM) is the biggest chance for MAAC students to interact with and learn from
industry stalwarts. All our students aka the Maharajas of MAAC are set to become
royalty in the Pink City.
Highlights of the event:
» Hands-on Creative Workshop
» Technology Demonstration Session
» Case Study of Hollywood blockbusters
» Pool Party & DJ Gala Night
MAAC's Tenth National Students Meet Receives Overwhelming Student Response
The 10th annual National Students Meet (NSM) received an overwhelming response,
which was organised at Resorte Marinha Douroda, Goa from March 18-22, 2013.
NSM is the biggest gathering across the country, organised towards creating a platform
for MAAC students to interact with industry experts and their fellow counter-parts
regarding trends in the Animation & VFX industry. More than 200 students participated
in this five-day fun-cum-learning event.
After five days of fun, learning and creativity, students let their hair down and
shook a leg to the tunes of the DJ; a fitting end to the event.
Kudos to the MAAC team and the students who participated for making this event a