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Coco is an upcoming 2017 American computer-animated musical film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is being directed by Unkrich, and co-directed and written by Adrian Molina. It is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2017. The Pixar team made several trips to Mexico to help define the characters and story of Coco.
More than 21,000 people signed a petition on Change.org stating that the trademark was “cultural appropriation and exploitation at its worst.” A week later, Disney cancelled its attempt, with the official statement saying that the “trademark filing was intended to protect any title for our film and related activities. It has since been determined that the title of the film will change, and therefore we are withdrawing our trademark filing. These events kept the film very much in news.
Movies, always the realm of fantasy, are now further removed from reality than ever. Pixar has been fairly quiet about their upcoming film Coco. The film was first announced way back in 2012 as an untitled picture about Dia de los Muertos, and in the years since, we really only learned that it would be directed by Toy Story 3 helmer Lee Unkrich and that the movie was entitled “Coco”. Granted, it takes a long time for these movies to move through development, but the studio has been surprisingly quiet on their sole non-sequel.
Also, if you’re worried that Pixar is just co-opting Mexican culture to make a quick buck, fear not. The studio invested in heavily to make sure that they were respectful and inclusive according to Vanity Fair. While we’re still a ways off from Coco, and we’ll have to get through Cars 3 to get there, for me, it’s the most exciting film Pixar is working on right now because it’s not a sequel. I’m curious about Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2, but Coco promises to give audiences something new from the studio, and I can’t wait to see what it is.
The VFX of this film has been equally controversial as the other production stuff. A number of visual effects courses are going to include the visual effects work of this film into their curriculum.
Check For Specialization
Many VFX and animation courses offer short term animation courses related to particular multimedia industry such as Editing, Post Production, and Rotomation etc. Discuss in detail the course curriculum with the course advisor and check whether your specialization is available in the course as well.
It’s always good to check the kind of placements a VFX course can offer you even if you don’t actually need it. Placement assistance is a complementary feature along with the animation course you choose by many animation institutes. Make sure to look at the institute’s testimonials and do some dig well research about the companies that you will be getting recruited into.
A lot of animation and VFX artists make seven figure salaries and this draws a large number of aspirants to the industry each year. But it is important to remember that this only happens over time, after a certain reputation has been built. So, don’t give up. Keep practising and stay focused on your course. You must know that talent alone will lead you to success and nothing else.
It’s only the special visual effects (VFX) and animation that make possible for a director to portray his imagination. Of late almost all movies require the special effects, consequently creating an expansive hub of job for aspiring animators. While studying animation and VFX you need to analyse various kind of movies, in which special effects were used. Here are a list of 5 movies can be helpful for your course and getting new ideas regarding your course.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Spielberg’s war drama was made using the backdrop of Normandy invasion(June,1944) during the World War Two. Outstanding portrayal of war got Stefen Fangmeier, Roger Guyett, Neil Corbould BAFTA Award in 1999 for Best Special Visual Effects. Speilberg initially wanted to capture this historical record as a documentary to tribute the people who had lost their lives during the Invasion of Normandy and to give its audience a real visual experience. However this carefully crafted piece of movie surely can provide you with some unique noteworthy understanding of special visual effects.
You must be aware of the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón for his best known dramas like A Little Princess (1995) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001), the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), but his science fiction thrillers has also gave him a special recognition. Gravity (2014) is one of his directorial masterpiece, what got him several nomination for Academy Award. This Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starer movie revolves around the story of two stranded astronauts struggle to survive and return to the Earth. Under the direction of Framestone, a British Visual effects company and the 3D conversion company Prime Focus World made this ground breaking visual work to give a treat for our eyes. This mind boggling Visual Effects and game changing use of 3D earn it both, Oscar an BAFTA awards for visual effects and made it worth to be enlisted in your watch list.
Life of Pi (2012)
This survival drama of 2012 based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name can be a stuff for your course of VFX study. The plot goes with a 16 year old boy lost in the middle of the sea following a devastating storm, comes up with visually stunning 3D effects on the big screen. The animational portray of a animal and sea can give an idea of how technology can be used to bring animated animal into real experience.
Inception ( 2010)
Inception is a science fiction movie about stealing information by infiltrating into the subconscious. The movie is on the subject of stealing dream is first of its kind. The Visual effects to create street folding in Paris and characters creating architecture out of thin air, created a new set of examples, while presenting the dreamy visual for the script’s purpose. This masterpiece of Christopher Nolan is a must-watching film if you are an aspiring animator.
This 2009 Oscar winning epic science fiction film is directed, written, produced and co-edited by talented Canadian filmmaker James Cameron. Extensive use of Mo-cap Technics, 3D animation and stereoscopic Technics made the film a breakthrough in the genre of science fiction and help it to become an one of the highest grossing films of all time. The film has all the merits to be putted into your watch list.
Visual-effects artists and supervisors create special effects, animation and do visual clean-up for feature films and commercials. One day, you may be supervising a shot of film extras so they can be digitally duplicated into a scene. Other days are spent in front of a computer, creating an entire alternate universe—like that used in “Avatar.” Workdays are usually at least 10 hours long. Deadlines are high-pressure and rarely flexible. Many artists say they work through the night to deliver a project on time. Visual-effects artists bemoan that there is no union representation to regulate hours and working conditions.
Artists and supervisors employed by post-production companies are usually on the payroll and receive health care and retirement benefits. Free-lancers can receive insurance via the Visual Effects Society, an industry association. Because of the late-night work required, meals are often billed to clients. Travel is also a regular part of the job. And in some cases, artists can see movies before they are released to the public.
Animation and visual-effects programs are offered at a number of universities, but a degree or certificate isn’t required. More important is an eye for artistic detail, such as light, shadow and texture, says Mark Tobin, managing director of The Moving Picture Co.’s Los Angeles office. “You can teach the technical knowledge, but you can’t teach a great eye,” Mr. Tobin says. “The key is getting your foot in the door.”
Newcomers usually enter the industry through internships and apprenticeships—sometimes unpaid. Expertise in software such as Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop helps. A strong reel (a short video showing clips) is critical. Since it’s a tight-knit industry, networking is also key. Employment in the industry is cyclical and tied to film studio budgets and appetites for films with extensive special effects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for artists and related workers is expected to increase 12% through 2018—on pace with other occupations. However you do need to complete a VFX course.
Visual effects artists create imagery that is either impractical or impossible to film. The majority of this work is currently done via computer; other kinds of effects are now largely relegated to niche and specialty situations. According to The Wall Street Journal, visual effects artists are responsible for creating special effects using computerized technology. This work can include creating animations or fixing up details for television shows, commercials, feature films, and other film media.
VFX artists often work on tight deadlines due to theatrical release dates and other constraints related to working in the film industry. The job usually involves following instructions from a client or supervisor and may not allow for the possibility of much personalized input. However, some professionals in this field may gain satisfaction in knowing that their work contributed to the completion of a major media project.
Students need to have a firm understanding of standard software tools of the industry, such as Houdini, Nuke, RenderMan, Adobe CS5, mental ray, and Autodesk Maya. Although a degree is not necessarily required for jobs in this field, a bachelor’s degree is standard, and completing a certificate or degree program can help signify qualification to work as a visual effects artist. Associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs are available in relevant fields of study, including computer animation and visual effects.
Visual effects artists produce computer-generated animation and effects for films, television shows, and other media. Degrees range from certificate programs to master’s degrees, and knowledge of industry software and the ability to work on a deadline are advantageous in this field.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. The film backed the visual effects societies’ award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature”.
The stop motion work in that scene has indeed inspired several filmmakers to craft their own fantastical fight scenes, and the latest is Tim Burton with his climactic skeleton versus hollowgasts battle in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The film had marvelous VFX with extraordinary shots that shook the audience to the very core.
In the film, the ‘peculiar’ children have raised a sunken cruise ship. The skeletons of the dead passengers and crew—submerged underwater for 70 years—emerge to fight a raft of invisible monsters called hollowgasts at Blackpool Pier amidst the amusement rides there. Visual effects studio Double Negative, under production VFX supervisor Frazer Churchill, brought the skeleton sequence to life, at first attempting to create a stop motion Harryhausen-inspired look, but ultimately switching to a more modern animation style.
Double Negative was charged with designing the look of the skeletons. The skeleton’s clothes were crafted to appear rotten and covered in barnacles, and they fight with whatever props they have found in the dining room or on the decks of the cruise ship. Principal photography for the skeleton sequence was filmed at Longcross Studios in the U.K., based on previs by The Third Floor. There were no costumed skeletons or hollowgasts on set, so stand-ins and stunt performers wearing gray tracking suits or blue screen suits were utilized for the shoot.
Stunt performers wore gray tracking markered suits as stand-ins for the skeletons. The purpose of the gray tracking suits for the skeleton performers was for video reference only, with motion capture shot later. The compositing challenges continued for the entire environment. Although blue screens had been employed at the Longcross Studios, they only went up so far and Double Negative had to clean up a tree line and background structures, in addition to the complex paint and rotoscoping work for the plates.