Winning an animation Oscar or a BAFTA, the NFTS way
3:45 pm PDT 06/06/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

Mega blockbuster animated films such as Toy Story or The Lion King require the professionals working on them to have finely honed and tuned skills imparted to them by top class trainers. Offering the intense training that is needed to make such box office hits is the MA course in animation direction offered by the UK-based National Film & Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield, about 25 km from London. It is known to be one of the best courses for … Read More

With its Marathahalli branch, MAAC strengthens its presence in Bengaluru
6:30 pm PDT 24/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India’s premier educator in high-end 3D animation and visual effects, announces the launch of its new centre at Marathahalli, Bengaluru. This is the ninth centre in Bengaluru and will be the latest addition to the MAAC in India. Bengaluru is already the hub for animation and VFX in India. Some of the top global companies like Technicolor, MPC, Rockstar Games and also some of the very successful Indian studios like Xentrix Studios, Dhruva Interactive … Read More

Vertex Volt co-founder Nikhil Sinha sets up training institute – Vertex School
1:00 pm PDT 19/04/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

With the aim of upscaling the VFX standard in India, Triangle Film Company producer Nikhil Sinha has opened Vertex School of Visual Effects and Animation institute. Known for the visual effects for shows such as — Devon ke Dev Mahadev, Mahakumbh, Chandra Nandini, Siya Ke Ram, Nikhil Sinha along with Hardik Gajjar owns a visual effects company titled Vertex Volt. Vertex School of Visual Effects and Animation will be located in Ahmedabad, where students can enrol in the course with a … Read More

FX School becomes Mumbai’s first ‘Authorised Training Center’ for Unity
11:00 am PDT 02/03/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

FX School has announced that it is now Mumbai’s first and only Unity Authorised Training Centre. Unity is the world’s leading game engine with a greater than 50 per cent market share. It has been used to design popular games such as Assassin’s Creed, Temple Run and Angry Birds. Unity Authorised Training and Certification Partners are authorised to offer training courses and Unity Certification Exams on behalf of Unity Technologies. There are only 22 of them worldwide and FX School … Read More

“MAAC NSM is a great platform for students,” says production designer Vandana Kataria
4:00 pm PDT 19/08/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The axiom ‘Actions speak louder than words’ has now changed to ‘Visuals speak louder than words’. Most of the content we consume today has been converted into the visual form to create a stern impact. And it works for good as visuals are remembered and recollected frequently by most of us. What makes these visuals effective is the kind of production design and art direction that goes in the setting up of the whole scene. AnimationXpress interacted with production designer … Read More

3D artists gain powerful production tracking as ftrack releases Cinema 4D integration
12:00 pm PDT 19/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

ftrack, the leading project management platform for creative collaborators, has launched a new integration with MAXON’s Cinema 4D digital content creation package. The new integration enables MAXON Cinema 4D users to access projects, publish and import files, and manage activities via an ftrack panel implemented into the Cinema 4D user interface. ftrack’s toolset works seamlessly with Cinema 4D’s solutions, enabling improved and streamlined collaboration across 3D projects. The integration is available now and is free of charge. MAXON, product & … Read More

Students can enter the VFX industry directly through Frameboxx and Prime Focus’ new tie-up
6:00 pm PDT 13/07/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

Upcoming artists can now directly put their feet in the VFX and Animation industry. You have learnt animation, done a course but in the end you often wonder where and how to step into the industry? Well, the VFX and education fraternity in India has recently been innovating new provisions to help upcoming artists try their hands on and enter the practical field. Frameboxx and Prime Focus, both leading VFX and Animation houses, have made a special tie-up to provide … Read More

Toon Boom makes animation easier by launching Harmony 14
11:00 am PDT 12/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Toon Boom Animation, the Canadian animation software company, has released Harmony 14 today. The company specialises in animation production and storyboarding software and caters to various artists with user friendly softwares and their upgrades. Harmony 14 provides additional tools for artists and an enhanced 3D workflow to streamline creative development and animation production. It is available in three editions – Essentials, Advanced and Premium – Harmony is the ideal solution for artists creating feature films, episodic series, games development, webisodes, … Read More

FTII to expand its course content by offering short-term courses in animation, gaming and prosthetics
10:00 am PDT 08/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

The Film and Television Institute of India is to have new syllabus for its courses aimed at streamlining academic course work. The Governing Council of the FTII in its 129th meeting held in Mumbai gave approval to the Academic Council’s proposal to convert FTII into a holistic institute of cinema, television and allied arts, offering varied choice of subjects related to cinema and digital media. The GC also approved the vision document of FTII, which proposes to switch from teacher … Read More

MAAC inaugurates new centre for 3D animation and VFX training in Banashankari
10:30 am PDT 07/07/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), a major player in animation, VFX, multimedia and gaming, has inaugurated its eighth centre in Banashankari, Bengaluru. With the addition of this new centre, MAAC now has 92 centres in the country. The inauguration of the new centre was attended by MP (Lok Sabha) – Bengaluru Central, PC Mohan; MLA, Padmanabhanagar constituency, R Ashok; MP Udupi-Chickmagalur constituency, Shobha Karandlaje; MLA, Vijayanagar constituency, M Krishnappa; Chikkakallasandra ward councilor, Supriya Shekhar; and MLA, Basavanagudi, LA Ravi Subramanya. … Read More

Sathish Narayanan’s Design Media & Edutainment School aims to create creative designers from young aspirants
5:00 pm PDT 28/05/2016 By Ronald Rodrigues

‘Knowledge has a beginning but no end’ and when it comes to sharing knowledge- Imparting education and creating a platform for learning is the ideal way. Sathish Narayanan who has been in the creative industry for over 22 years has taken a step to encourage this initiative by starting his own Design Media & Edutainment School (DMES) at Pune. With a vision to create the next generation of design thinkers, Design Media & Edutainment School was officially unveiled by Mumbai … Read More

The Impact of Visual Effects in Movies
2:45 pm PDT 26/04/2016 By AnimationXpress Team

What’s common between Robot (Endhiran), Bajirao Mastani and Baahubali? Apart from the fact that, these were high budget movies they were also known for their high quality of Visual Effects. Wikipedia chronicles Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual FX or VFX) as the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot. Visual effects involve the integration of live action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on … Read More