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Top 5 Animation Films For Kids

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich, the film stars the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, and Willem Dafoe. It tells the story of the overprotective Ocellaris clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal blue tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to terms with Nemo taking care of himself.

Finding Nemo was released on May 30, 2003, and has received universal critical acclaim since. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories, including Best Original Screenplay. Finding Nemo became the highest-grossing animated film at the time and was the second highest-grossing film of 2003, becoming the best film for kids.

The Incredibles

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with his longtime enemy—Syndrome, who was once his fan and now plots to wipe out every single superhuman being on Earth with his killer robot.

It is a major entertainment pack for all the kids and you will love the back to back action that is portrayed in the film as well. One can learn such animation from animation course in kolkata

Toy story 3

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film, the third installment in the Toy Story series, and the sequel to Toy Story 2 (1999). It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, the editor of the first two films and co-director of Toy Story 2, written by Michael Arndt. The film inspired many towards the direction of animation and in Kolkata you can learn that craft from an animation institute with perfection.

Frozen

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd Disney animated feature film. Frozen became the favorite film for kids all across the globe just after its release. The storyline shows love, unity, solidarity and kindness. This is one more reason why it connected with people so much and remained an important part of the animation industry.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film was theatrically released in Japan on 20 July 2001 by distributor Toho, and became the most successful film in Japanese history, grossing over $289 million worldwide and receiving widespread critical acclaim. The film overtook Titanic in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history with a ¥30.4 billion total. Spirited Away is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films.] It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, making it the only hand drawn animated film and Japanese animated film to win best animated film; the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, tied with Bloody Sunday; and is on the British Film Institute’s list of “Top fifty films for children up to the age of 14”.

Things to remember before an animation job interview

It goes without saying that when it comes to animation job interviews, it’s a good idea to be prepared and get some pre-prepared answers in your back pocket to ensure a prospective employer doesn’t catch you out completely on the day. There are a couple of things you must know before you appear for an animation job interview-

  • Know your potential employer

The more you know about a studio before you go in to interview, the better. Know what films/shows/games/projects they have worked on. Make sure you know WHAT parts of that project they actually worked on; many films now farm out work to multiple studios, so you don’t want to make the mistake of complimenting one studio for another studio’s work! You don’t want to come off as fan boy-fanatical, but you definitely want to express an interest in your potential employer’s previous work.

If you have an inkling of what projects may be coming down the pipeline for the studio, consider putting things on your reel that could apply to those projects (i.e. if you know they will be working on a movie about zoo animals, show them some nice quadruped animation tests). It sounds like pandering, I know but the fact is, studios like to be able to immediately gauge how useful you will be to them.

 

  • Don’t complain about past jobs

This is a BIG one. We’ve all had jobs we didn’t like, but a job interview isn’t the place to nurse old wounds. There are several reasons for this. First off, most companies just prefer a positive person over a negative one who will drag down everyone else around them. Second, our industry is very small-it could be that the person you are criticizing is a good friend (or even a recent new hire) of the person interviewing you. Third, companies don’t like the idea that someday, when you move on, you may end up saying bad things about them to your next potential employer. Keep in mind to mention whatever you have learn in animation.

 

  • Don’t badmouth your work

Most of us are our own worst critics, and we will never be 100% satisfied with what we produce. We’ll always know we could have made a shot a little better…but don’t apologize for your work! Be positive, talk about things you’d like to get better at in the future but don’t point out past shortcomings. Don’t make excuses for shots or say things like “it used to look better but the director made me change it.” Let the interviewer come to their own conclusions, and follow their lead when talking about your past work. This will show that you don’t respect the animation institute you learned from.

Top 5 great VFX works in DC comics based films

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and the story with David S. Goyer. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the final installment in Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, and the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast of allies: Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The film introduces Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), and Bane (Tom Hardy). This film was the highest grossing film for a long time that year, reason being the amazing VFX work.

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe series. The film was written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast consisting of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne. In the film, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned super villains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for reduced sentences. If you at a look at the VFX breakdown you won’t believe to which level green screens were used and VFX for films got a new definition.

Man of Steel

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film featuring the DC Comics character Superman. It is a British-American venture produced by Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment, Syncopy Inc., and Cruel and Unusual Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, written by David S. Goyer, and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. You can learn to create such amazing manipulated scenes with a good VFX course.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern is a 2011 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, and Tim Robbins, with Martin Campbell directing a script by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg. Green Lantern is by far one of those DC films which have created a stir with its VFX work.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta is a 2005 dystopian political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by The Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 DC/Vertigo Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The film is set in an alternative future where a neo-fascist regime has subjugated the United Kingdom. The filmmakers have denied this, saying that the delays were due to the need for more time to finish the visual effects production.

 

 

Top 3 latest Indian films with great VFX work

Dhoom: 3

Dhoom 3 is a 2013 Indian action thriller film written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra. The third installment of the Dhoom series, it features Aamir Khan as the antagonist and Katrina Kaif, with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role reprising his role of ACP Jai Dixit and Uday Chopra reprising his role as Ali Akbar, as in the previous films of the franchise. A bigger surprise than Aamir Khan’s double-role in this Yash Raj thriller was the fact that almost all the action scenes were shot with extensive help from the visual effects department. From Aamir running down the bank wall to Abhishek Bachchan twirling an auto rickshaw in mid-air, VFX was employed to shoot all the thrilling scenes.

Chennai Express

Chennai Express is a 2013 Indian romantic action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan for Red Chillies Entertainment. The film features Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles; it is the second collaboration between Khan and Padukone. Psst! Here’s a secret about Chennai Express…the train never left the studio. Chennai Express was shot indoors in a virtual environment. All the outdoor shots were created through VFX technology. Be it Shahrukh jumping out of a moving train, or standing with a burning shop behind him, all scenes were created with the help of the visual effects team.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Based on the life of the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, this movie owes a lot to its special effects artists. A team of over fifty artists delivered over 150 shots of VFX covering the Commonwealth Games and the events held in Tokyo & Rome. The team created CGI of crowds in the stadium and Milkha Singh receiving the award in black and white. Again, Tata Elxsi’s Visual Computing Labs were behind the scenes in this project. This set a bar in terms of VFX for films. You can also learn to do the same by taking up a VFX course.

Top 3 job opportunities for an animator

Animators create films for production companies, major animation studios and computer games companies. Typical responsibilities of the job include: working creatively to produce original and aesthetically pleasing designs and solutions, using specialist computer generation software such as Maya, Flash and After Effects, presenting designs to customers for evaluation, promoting and running the business. Here are top 3 job opportunities that you will receive after you learn animation.

  1. 3D modelers

3D modelers create characters and environments for video games and 3D movies as well as images and modeling for websites, graphic designs, animation, film effects, simulations, broadcast design, special effects, characters and props for film, television effects, CD-Rom design, and location-based entertainment. These multi-talented professionals also create images/models for geologists, architects, scientists, engineers, healthcare agencies, and more.

  1. Art Director

Art directors develop design concepts and review material that will appear in digital media, newspapers, advertisements, books, magazines, and more. They control the overall visual direction of a project in industries from advertising and public relations to web design. Art direction requires years of experience, advanced technical skills, and advanced knowledge in the areas of art and management.

 

  1. Character Animator

Character animators create and design characters using animation software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and even puppetry. These creative professionals develop characters that use movement to tell a story, whether it’s for film, television, video games or mobile applications.

 

If you wish to enter into the creative world of animation and work into these highly influential jobs then it is suggested that you start looking for animation courses that suit your requirements. Kolkata is the creative capital of India and you can very easily find an animation institute that will fulfill your requirements.

Alma-Best Animation Short Film

Alma is a 2009 Spanish computer-animated dark fantasy horror short film produced by ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas. It had received notable recognition at the Fantastic Fest awards. The word “alma” in Spanish means “soul”. To start, it is evident that there is only one character throughout the entire film, Alma, whom the short story revolves around. This supports the notion that in a short film, there is normally only one protagonist.

The film has additional deeper significance which leads to man’s first attempt of disobedience. The film was screened at the 2009 Seattle Children’s Film Festival. It remains largely in the category of a children’s short, quite partially due to Blaas’ initial lack of an ominous tone. In addition to this, Alma’s search for self-proliferation and simulation of the basic human instinct to reproduce itself leads to a greedy self-absorption, akin to a couple nearing orgasm even after it is clear that others have arrived home.

The animation of this film was appreciated by a large number of audiences across the globe. The major deeper meaning of this film leads the audience across all age groups to like the film on a whole another level. Alma’s search for self-proliferation and simulation of the basic human instinct to reproduce itself leads to a greedy self-absorption, akin to a couple nearing orgasm even after it is clear that others have arrived home. Moreover, animation and VFX both of this film have a very significant approach towards the people.

The reason this film got so many positive critics is because it didn’t aim towards any particular group of audience, the target audience was very shallow and created a very broad fan base too. Before the title credit, we see that Alma does not bother to place the chalk back in its proper position on a cement ledge once she writes her name; she simply drops it to the ground with a satisfactory smile, oblivious that newly fallen or scattered snow may prevent others from tagging their names as well.

“Alma” further shows that it sticks to the short film conventions as it is a ‘short’ film (lasting 5.30 minutes) and that it is an animation proves to show that it crosses the boundaries into animation rather than being a real-life performance. In conclusion, this film has set standards in terms of animation and VFX work in the entertainment industry. A good combination of animation and marvelous storyline is seen in this film.

Zootopia- Oscar Winner For Best Animated Film

zootopia animation

Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. No doubt that this film won hearts all across the globe and got a huge fan base just by its animation and storyline.

Disney’s most recent work on animating fur was for the titular character of the 2008 film Bolt, but the software they had used at the time was not ready for creating the realistic fur of the animals of Zootopia. Therefore, the studio’s IT engineers developed the fur-controlling software iGroom, which gave character designers precise control over the brushing, shaping and shading of fur and made it possible to create a variety of eccentric character styles for each animal.

The software was also able to control an unseen “imaginary” under layer that gave fur a degree of plushness not seen before. This feature was used to create characters like Officer Clawhauser, who has a big head that is entirely made of spotted fur. Characters with noteworthy numbers of strands of hair or fur included both of the two lead characters, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, who each had around 2.5 million hairs; a giraffe with nine million strands of fur; a gerbil with 480,000 strands; and a rodent with more strands of hair than the 400,000 that were on Elsa’s head in Frozen.

The animators of this film made it a point to make the characters with diversity and include versatile characteristics to them. In addition to that, the improvisation in animation and an extraordinary storyline got the film an academy award. The film has been translated into many regional languages leading to an overall appreciation of the entire film.

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Computer animation evolves at an alarming rate. One year, a movie like Frozen or Big Hero 6 looks like the peak of what’s possible. Then, only a year later, the next thing goes way beyond that. In this case, the next thing is Zootopia, and in this movie a single giraffe has more individual hairs on it—nine million—than every single character in either Frozen, Big Hero 6, or Wreck-It Ralph.

Zootopia has 64 different species of animals, which break down into about 800,000 different character models. Again, we need to understand that it took immense amount of tedious and serious effort to create these characters in the first place and then came the workout of shot sequences that made this film such a huge hit to the extent that it won an academy award.