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Animation: What lies beyond the screen

Was blown away by the visual effects of AVATAR this weekend ! It’s amazing how far the field of Animation has advanced!

It made me wonder ….. just what goes into creating Animation films of this caliber.

What’s the technology behind the screen?

What computer software programmes facilitate animation experts in designing and creating movies???…..

So I was browsing the Internet and came across this incredible video on the latest animation related computer programme ALICE that makes programming for animation as simple as clicking and dragging….

Check it out!

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.

Interested in Animation as a future career? Then this video is for you….


January 26, 2010 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

Animation Ahoy!

So, I’ve been at my desk for ten consecutive hours now, trying to create a new Tom & Jerry show! In my version, Tom isn’t as daft as the Walt Disney version and Jerry isn’t as lucky either.

Ta da dum – enter Daffy Duck – who roller blades past a shocked Tom and almost runs Jerry over….. Sigh!

Making those wheels go round and round are going to add on another hour or so …. I think the sun might already be coming up! Serves me right for leaving my assignments for the last minute. And this Animation project that’s due today counts towards my final grade. Oh! Procrastination……

But to be honest, I prefer these projects to some boring written exam – where you have to mug up definitions and shit. Here, I get to choose my own topic, add my own script and basically, let my creativity explode! Problem is, if you’re like me and wait to finish projects under pressure, creativity sort of bubbles here and there but there ain’t any explosion…….

So, where was I? ….. oh! ya, Daffy Duck on wheels!

I’m adding a special effect where his feathers start zipping out as he overtakes Tom and change into pretty butterflies…… (Could this be my creativity or sleep deprivation?)

When I first, began this course, I couldn’t even draw a straight line…… that was two years ago.

Now, would you believe it? I’m converting Daffy Duck feathers into butterflies!

Of course, half the credit must go to the location of my Campus – Pune city’s got gaming and animation groups converging at every corner and if CS doesn’t thrill you, dude, you might as well run for it like ol’ Jerry over here.

My parents thought I was crazy to be getting a Degree in Animation and Gaming. “What’s that”? – They asked sceptically. But then I pointed out that just because it’s what I enjoy, doesn’t mean it isn’t lucrative. In fact, those of you in a similar situation – might want to tell your parents that the gaming industry in the US is the second biggest industry in the entertainment sector, second only to movies and bigger than music. India is following a similar trend and is expected to be a major gaming market.

And, if your parents are asking – “But what will you do after graduation”? ….. it’s best to list out the various industries that require graduates of such a degree program including animated movies, commercials, effects teams, teams developing games and in films…..

So, I’m thinking….. after Daffy Duck and Tom …. I might move on to more exciting tasks ….. Maybe, I’ll become a Programmer or Movie Animator or maybe a Multimedia Artist or….. (Anything’s possible)

If you every see a Daffy Duck on wheels, with feathers that become butterflies…. you know who done it!!!!

That’s all folks!!!


November 1, 2009 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

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