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Kochadaiiyaan – a landmark in Indian Animation & VFX

Published on July 24, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Last May, the Indian VFX industry witnessed a milestone in special effects history with the release of Kochadaiiyaan. A Rajnikanth, Tamil, historic fiction thriller, and already being called the first Tamil animated film, Kochadaiiyaan comes packed with a number of notable breakthroughs in VFX technology. Video description: Trailer of Kochadaiiyaan The tech behind Kochadaiiyaan Soundarya Ashwin, director of the film & Rejnikanth’s daughter, went all out to shoot the entire movie in 3D motion capture, the same technology which was used to film the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster, Avatar. Motion capture technology involves recording actions of actors, and using that information to animate digital character models in 2D or 3D computer animation. Two hundred technicians gathered to complete the project in a record time of two years, which would have taken five years in a Hollywood studio. The studio worked with a modest budget of Rs. 125 crores when their

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Ten animation developments that make How to Train Your Dragon 2 better than How to Train Your Dragon

Published on July 23, 2014, by in Animation.

When How to Train Your Dragon 2 (HTTYD2) hit the theaters last month, its realistic animation shocked & awed worldwide audience across various age groups. Stunning visual arts, powerful emotional scenes and a plethora of innovative digital technology combined to create an experience that was the result of decades of research. Here is why the technology of HTTYD 2 surpassed that of its predecessor in more ways than one. Video description: First 5 minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 (1)   The DreamWorks-HP partnership DreamWorks Animation partnered with its technology associate, HP, to develop the billion-color HP DreamColor Display, enabling artists to view accurate color for visual technologies such as ultra-wide color gamut and 4K input. (2)   Intel Inside The studio collaborated with Intel to create a suite of software applications called Apollo that allowed them to add greater details to their characters. (3)   From EMO to PrEMO DreamWorks

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Evolution of Indian animation

Published on July 4, 2014, by in Animation, VFX.

Animation means creating a set of images in a pattern that amplifies our imagination and takes us on a magical journey. These images can be drawn, painted or crafted using any means of artistic methods available. Amongst the big names of Pixar & Disney, it is a little known fact that the Indian animation industry is one of the oldest animation industries in the world. History Some little know facts about the Indian animation industry: Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian Cinema, is also the first Indian animator. In 1914, he made an animation film about the growth of a peapod into a plant through stop-motion animation. In 1956, Clair Weeks, a Disney Studios animator was invited by the Films Division of India to set up & train animators for the first ever Indian animation studios. The first Indian animated film was The Banyan Deer in 1957. Veteran animators Bhimsain &

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Animated Oscar is Frozen

Published on June 3, 2014, by in Animation.

Walt Disney Animation Studios, a renowned name in the world of animation, won an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category in 1939 for ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’. Since then it has won more Oscars in the same category but for Disney-Pixar productions like Brave & Ratatouille. After 75 years Disney repeated its win this year with its musical masterpiece, Frozen. What was so special about the movie? How was it able to evoke tremendous response from the audience & make huge profits? Here are a few things that made the movie a smashing hit. Plot As opposed to the regular Disney stories, this one is based on not one but two princesses – Elsa & Anna. It is not the traditional boy-meets-girl fairytale. Instead it is about the relationship between two sisters & their battle to stay loyal to each other, even when Prince Charming comes along.

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Storyboarding: Enhancing Artistic Vision

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Animation.

Making an animation feature is fun. But it requires a lot of planning & hard work. Storyboarding is the first & the most important step of this process. A storyboard is an organized series of drawings that detail the story & other important aspects like sound effects, music score, lighting & special effects. With the right training, you can build a career as a storyboard artist in production houses, television channels, ad agencies, website & gaming studios & others. Why is storyboarding so special Storyboard is an organised portrayal of the story through graphic drawings & pictures. It is a series of black & white or coloured artwork or sequence of images which depict motion, action in a scene & the landscape of the story. When required, you can also add dialogues within the framework to ensure that the scene can be designed as imagined by the story teller/animator. Storyboarding

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Stop Motion Animation: Another Approach to Animation

Published on November 6, 2013, by in Animation.

The world of animation has witnessed many changes over the years. From hand-drawn animation to 3D animation, it has evolved dramatically. In this competitive era of animation as a career, the industry is demanding technical skills, a good understanding of art and aesthetics, and a unique creative style. In today’s times, students focus on software knowledge and technologies to make their animation films. They rarely experiment with various other mediums of animation. One such medium of animation is stop-motion animation. It is the term used to describe the form of animation that is created by physically manipulating real world objects and photographing them, one frame at a time, to create the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence. There are various types of stop-motion animation. Some of them are: Claymation (Clay Animation) Clay animation is a unique form of stop-motion animation that uses

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Journey of Medical Animation (Part-2)

Published on August 21, 2013, by in Animation.

In our previous blog, we discussed how Medical Animation evolved. This part discusses the software used in Medical Animation and the career opportunities in the field. Era of 2D Animation 2D animation or two-dimensional animation is the creation of moving pictures, using consecutive frames of images. These successive images are placed at a rate of 24 frames per second. 2D animation is the preferred way to present medical illustrations. 2D medical animators use charts, posters, cartoons, and diagrammatic illustrations that show biological and medical processes, along with patient education booklets, newsletters and brochures that convey best practices for good health. The most popular 2D software include: Karbon: This is a scalable vector drawing application that allows artists to create complex drawings and turn them into high quality illustrations without losing image quality. Inkscape: This is an open source vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X.

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Journey of Medical Animation (Part-1)

Published on August 21, 2013, by in Animation.

Animation is an exceptional form of art that offers  significant information about the appearance of an object as well as its movement and interaction with its surroundings. It facilitates the artist to employ his complete imagination to generate remarkable impact. Earlier the source of inspiration for animation was nature. Animators observed the movement of living organisms and then built animations for industries other than Media & Entertainment. With the  advancement in computer applications,  came in the new automated systems. A range of sensors (mechanical, optical or magnetic) have been used to record the movements of organisms, which convert it in to animated characters. This course of action is generally known as ‘motion capture’. Animation has provided new horizons in the field of medical studies, clinical diagnostics, surgical trainings, drug delivery and immunology. Medical animation is the simplest and best way for professionals and the general public to understand higher level of

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Augmented Reality: Vision Redefined

Published on January 3, 2013, by in Animation.

The purpose of using Augmented Reality (AR) is to add information and meaning to a real object or place. It all started with the basic concept of superimposing an object or layer over another layer or object. It is nothing but an artificial view of a live feed composited in real time with some relevant overlaying information. For the past few decades, more so in the last 5-6 years, with the development of Smart Phones, this artificial view of the physical world – ’Augmented Reality’ has come out from the scientist’s lab and is gradually becoming a part of our daily life. People’s quest for seeing something more than what they can experience in real life led Morton L. Heilig, a film-maker, to design the first virtual reality experience in the 60’s. He patented a machine called Sensorama in 1961. For his research and inventions in this space he is

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Portfolio Management: How to develop your portfolio?

This article is aimed towards beginners but existing professionals can find these tips useful too. Showreel has been a topic of discussion for a long time. People struggle to put their work together for that presentation, which will help them to get an interview call. I look at an interview process as the result of Preparation, Compilation and Presentation. Preparation When it comes to preparation, the prospective employee must be thoroughly prepared. Pitching in studios with a common showreel is not a good idea; the showreel must be studio specific;. A few things that you should find out about a studio before compiling your Final works: What is their portfolio? What they are looking for? How do they expect to see the work (which format)? If possible, a reference in the studio. Most of this information is already available on a studio’s website. Compilation Compilation is all about the selection.

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