CG Mantra http://www.cgmantra.in Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:05:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Animation & VFX- A Growing Trend in Bollywood http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/animation-vfx-a-growing-trend-in-bollywood.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/animation-vfx-a-growing-trend-in-bollywood.html#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:14:01 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=4004 Our own, Very known Bollywood Film director, Vikram Bhatt has been there in buzz among VFX fraternity, whether these are VFX students or VFX professionals. He created India’s First 3D Monster movie “Creature” in 2015 and now he is coming with most talked about Emraan Hashmi Starrer Sci-Fi film “Mr.X”, which is going to mass visible on 17th April, 2015 as per sources.

The Base of the movie is the social justice by the hero who accidentally got power of Invisibility and same old love angle whether required or not. Emraan Hashmi has maintained his identity of kisser in this film also whether he is visible or invisible in the movie as far as film poster shows.

“Mr. X” is certainly going to be a new chapter of Indian Animation & VFX history at least among the VFX students so far the trailer of the move shows. The trailer, in first look, reminds us the Anil kapoor starrer Mr. India and Hollywood epic Hollow Man but it would be too early to tag it.

The Hollow Man was created 15 years back but it is still having edge on “Mr.X” as per special effects. So Hiring an award winning VFX expert and buying advance technology, cannot assure the competency of Bollywood Animation & VFX compare to Hollywood. It is very much equally depends on the expertise of CGI team, their learning which working upon the project and above that the Storyline & Visualization.

Indian Film Industry has been exhaustively using more and more CGI contents and day will come when our industry would be at par with Hollywood VFX. But it is very much depend on quality Demand & Supply of Animation & VFX professionals and one has to understand that it is not everyone’s cup of tea to enter & sustain in film industry. Whether you are working in front of the camera or behind the camera or working in the CGI team you have to prove your qualitative and quantitative approach in the industry. Just knowing softwares leads us nowhere and Thinking Ability & Creative Visualization would be needed to be in industry.

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Animation & Visual Effects http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/animation-visual-effects.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/animation-visual-effects.html#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:11:28 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=3986 It is a good idea to dream a Career in Animation & Visual Effects and join some academy to fulfill the dream. But it is better to have some type of introspection before launching yourself in the industry rather than going with the rumors about it.

“Passion & Patience” is the key of success in Media & Entertainment industry which further broadly divided into Multi-Media, Animation, Visual Effects, Cinematographic, Motion Graphics and Advertisement areas. Let us make you understand that Media & Entertainment industry works under Tight Schedule, Re-Takes are very common in the industry and above that the Deadline is very important here. Sometime time you have to be there in odd schedule as per requirement. So your passion helps you to be there during tough conditions and your Patience helps in tackling the Retakes.

Now come to your learning. It is a good to know many types of software, better if you know the uses of these softwares with an eye of details aesthetically and best if you are able to use these softwares to create something your own ,your story line, your characters, your virtual dream world etc. But Most of the students come under first category where they are good software operators but when question comes to create original Intellectual property, they stand nowhere.

We have been using the almost same technology, same softwares like western countries, but the final output is not been upto the expectation. So To meet the standards, one has to value the study of pre production equally as production & post production.

All the students are advice to know the history, the progress and the latest trends of the industry. They must spend a proportionate time in reading story, drawing, coloring, sculpting, photography, Film Criticism etc. They must enjoy the creative experiment with softwares and do not be afraid of failure. Every NEW thing has equal chances of success & failure and is true teacher for further success. Do not just look at it as job prospect but try to create your own identity.

Social Media has become new platform to show case your work, get critical analysis of your works, get connect with industry professionals etc.

Last but not the least softwares are more than software if you explore its creative potential and create your magical world. So Career in Animation & Visual Effects can be Day Dreaming career for any one.

Best of Luck

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Thriving Career in Mass Communication http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/career-in-mass-communication.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/career-in-mass-communication.html#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:30:57 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=3947 After taking 12th examination, the first question which pops up in the mind of students is “what next?” It is the time when they are in quest of best career option. If you have good communication skills and you are creative too in that case Mass Communication can be a good career option.

The rapid advancement of technology has brought lots of career prospects in the field of Mass Communication. This field is all about disseminating news to mass through various channels of media. It can be electronic media, print media, broadcast media, new media etc., each channel has its own beauty.

It is a thriving career option where there is huge demand of qualified professionals. Students who want to make career in this field can join Mass Communication Institute which provide different mass media courses, where they will learn the various aspects of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Mass Communication Courses include Post Graduation Programme, Graduation Programme, Diplomas as well as short term programmes which focus on the specialization like Anchoring, video editing, camera etc. PG and Graduation programmes give you wide knowledge about all the areas of mass media. During course students get basic idea about all the channels of media and their functioning, this fits them in the media industry.

This degree gives plethora of job opportunities, where students can choose different career options like News Producer, News Readers, News Reporter, News Editor, Script Writers, Copy Editors, Content Writers, Columnist/Feature Writer, Photo Journalist, Research Analyst, Radio Journalist, Radio Jockey, Broadcast Journalist, Anchors, Cameraman, Cinematographers, Public Relations officer, Advertising, Event Manager, Video Jockey, Photojournalist and many more. Here one can choose jobs from field work to desk work as per interest.

Good intuitions placed there students in good organizations which is why it is very important to choose good Mass Comm Institute. One should take complete information about the credibility of institution like Infrastructure, curriculum, faculty, placement record, Industrial visits etc.

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Visual Effects-An Insight-2 http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/visual-effects-an-insight-2.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/visual-effects-an-insight-2.html#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:18:00 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=3942 Many Animation & VFX institutes in all over India have been adding Practical Effects Techniques at least as a theoretical subject nowadays. Thanks to World Wide Web for its rich resource that enables a youngster to understand the Visual Effects Industry better and to chose the appropriate Animation & VFX institutes. This youngster are no more focusing on software centric education but also exploring other techniques of visual effects for better & higher career prospects in the industry.

In continuation of our last write-up about “Forced Perspective” & “Animatronics” CG Mantra Animation & VFX institute try to educate upcoming young aspirants about some of the techniques which has been using in worldwide since long. This time we focus on “Miniature Set” which goes parallel with Forced Perspective. Both the techniques are based on illusion of space & have been used to create fake size relationships and known as Practical Visual Effects also.

Sharukh Khan Starrer Ra-One is the best example to make any one to understand the significance of Miniature Set where Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) scale model has used to show the destruction of CST after hit by a Train. Many times this technique become the sought after solution of realistic, easiest and cheapest visual effects even in Hollywood films. After such advancement of Computer Graphics, a Miniature model has been used by many film makers like Miniature Magic in Michael Bay’s Transformer Movie by ILM.

The Affordable 3D Printing Technology has already revolutionized the use of Miniature Set technique. It allows to easy recreation of the same scale model at many times as per requirement and also easy to modify the Scale Model.

Very recently Autodesk India & Red Chillies VFX have created life size model or should say 3d Print of Saha Rukh Khan with the help of 3D Printing Technology.

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Actually Forced Perspective is a photography & Cinematography trick based on optical illusion to create an illusion of size relation as Visual effects Tool in many Hollywood movies. Many Indian Bollywood movies & TV serials mostly used this technique to show some character bigger than other characters like “Lord Krishna” in TV Series “Mahabharata” shows his “Vishvarupa Darshan” and similarly many others.

The success of Forced Perspective depends wide open space which allow the required depth to create optical illusion and very much rely upon visible horizon. This illusion is only visible between selected axis beyond which you cannot see the illusion like height, distance and angle.

Another such technique known as Animatronics, which is a robotic underneath structure of inanimate character or object. It has been playing significance role in getting desire results in many movies. The physical presence of Robotic animated character on the film set is having advantage of real time interaction with live actors compare to Computer Animated Characters. In the film Mary Poppins, the birds are the first such example to be featured in a motion picture in 1964.The biggest ever Animatronics figure built is the T-Rex for the movie, Jurassic Park in 1993. The best example of is the Robotically Animated figure of Abraham Lincoln which is created by Walt Disney and can be seen in at the Opera House at Disneyland Resort in California.

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The Roar of Visual Effects http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/the-roar-of-visual-effects.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/the-roar-of-visual-effects.html#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:02:33 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=3077
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Once again a Tiger is in the news but not to killing anyone. This time the tiger is in news which was created on computer by Indian CG artists in Indian Studio.

Yes we are talking about the film Roar. This film is having approx 800 Visual Effects shots and to achieve the lifelike result even the director and producer of the Film, trained themselves by enrolled them in Visual Effects course.

This is a great achievement of Pune based Anibrain VFX studio to create life like CG wild creature with the help of software like Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop & Foundry Nuke. This is another milestone after “Life of Pie” which shows the talents of Indian young artists equalent to Hollywood professionals.

It also boosts up the moral of many aspirants those who are studying Digital Art & Technology in various VFX Institutes in Delhi NCR. These institutes has been teaching all the in and outs of Visual Effects industry and more and more youngster has been enrolling in VFX courses.

Couples of VFX institutes are providing training in traditional component of Visual Effects like Art, Sculpting, Photography and Videography along with CG elements which widened the scope of better career.

Even TV Serials are not un-touched with visual effects like Mahabharata which cost 100 crore on effects, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev and very recent Maharakshak Aryan. These are the few serials which used exhaustive VFX and do not forget the new Avatar of TV commercials of Indian television. The new commercial of “Lotte Cofy Bite” is acted by Computer Created Frogs and Live actors.

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New Plugin for VFX http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/maya-new-plugin-for-vfx.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/maya-new-plugin-for-vfx.html#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:11:12 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=2442 Think beyond box with XMesh from THINKBOX
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Here comes a brand new power pack plug-in for Maya from the house of Thinkbox Software. On December 5, 2013 Thinkbox officially announced the release of his new plug-in XMesh to streamline animation and visual effects production pipelines. This unique plug-in have the capability to club with Autodesk 3ds Max as well. This unique feature allows a rock solid platform to interchange pipeline while performing VFX at Autodesk Max or Autodesk Maya.Some of the major highlights of the product are:

  • Accelerated Loading
  • Easy Information Transfer
  • Enhanced Multi-Core Performance
  • Minimized Disk Space Usage
  • Parallel Saving
  • Quick Playback

The another great news is XMesh MY is available for Linux, OSX and Windows 64-bit operating systems and works great with versions of Maya from 2011 through Maya 2014. XMesh for NUKE will be available shortly.

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18 days-Reinvention of an epic ‘Mahabharata’ http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/18-days-reinvention-of-an-epic-mahabharata.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/18-days-reinvention-of-an-epic-mahabharata.html#comments Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:41:10 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=1773
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Graphic India and Grant Morrison, the comic book creator joined their hands to launch an original animated web-series “18 days”. This series is from an epic Mahabharata. The series will feature weekly episodes throughout the year for exclusive distribution on the Graphic India YT Channel. It is released in English, Hindi and Tamil. The first episode of the series has been launched in global “Geek Week” event which you can easily watch on You Tube.

Indian Mythology is one of the richest elements of Indian culture. They portray the entire culture of India. Now a days, children are forgetting their culture and values. Some of them do not even know about Indian epics. They should be familiar about these things. Different stories of Indian mythology should be passed from generation to generation to make them alive and through an animation series, Graphic India is doing the same. Mahabharata states that the war lasted only eighteen days during which vast armies from all over the Indian subcontinent fought. “18 days” is a story about three generations of super warrior. It showcases everything about the battlefield.

Grant Morrison is very much excited to work with Graphic India and You Tube due to releasing of his first ever web series. He is a famous comic writer who has written myriad comics like All Star Superman, Batman, Fantastic Four, etc. After releasing a trailor it got a tremendous response. Let’s hope for the best for the episodes too.

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KRRISH Now 3D Animated Movie http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/krrish-now-3d-animated-movie.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/krrish-now-3d-animated-movie.html#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:34:35 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=1636
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If you love viewing superhero movies, here is more to delight you from the director Rakesh Roshan Film Kraft Productions. The production house would be producing four animated movies based on the Bollywood blockbuster Krrish.

Toonz, the animation production house has partnered with Cartoon Network and Rakesh Roshan film Kraft production to produce the animated movies. In the coming months series of four movies will be created, of which the first titled Kid Krrish would be aired on Cartoon Network in July. The animated movie would follow the childhood adventure of Krishna, who discovers that he can save the world with the special powers given to him.

The wonders of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish, would be again revived through these animated series. Rakesh Roshan’s  Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish had already  made a global impact with its diverse visual effects at par with international standards. On the other hand, Krrish won both National & Filmfare awards for special effects and was widely applauded.

And, with this the Krrish 3 is all geared up to release around Diwali with its 3D format this year.

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Tools Of Creativity-Autodesk and 3D Animation http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/tools-of-creativity-autodesk-and-3d-animation.html http://www.cgmantra.in/blog/tools-of-creativity-autodesk-and-3d-animation.html#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:40:37 +0000 http://www.cgmantra.in/?p=1531
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The modern and creative toolsets were perfectly blended for making the ‘The Bear’, award winning commercial of 2011. The artistic tools were made into use for producing a successful commercial of 2011, entitled ‘The Bear’. The Mikros Image turned to Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Lustre software, giving birth to an imaginative bear rug.

Along with Flame software, Mikros image used Maya 3D animation software as an essential part of its compositing workflow and for all finishing. In addition, Lustre was used for final color correction on the project. The autodesk flame, lusture and smoke are the leaders in editorial finishing. Such creative toolsets are applied for high quality of commercials or broadcast projects. The commercial became success with the usage of exceptional toolsets, creating a high-end and dynamic digital bear rug character.

Over the years, the animation industry has been through several transformations. Demand for the local animated serials and business environment for animation and 2D/3D projects has been uprising the Media and Entertainment industry.

The wealth of technological possibilities is majorly contributing to the growth rate of Animation industry. The industry holds a wider space for the passionate artists to excel in the field of  creativity. It holds the potential to unlock the creative abilities of the budding animators.

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