The Animation Society of India made its debut at the prestigious International Film Festival of India at Goa this year. TASI presented a variety of films including a retrospective of Indian animation, contemporary and upcoming feature animation films. Amongst its distinguished speakers were the maestros – Bhimsen and VG Samant. Ram Mohan who was also scheduled as part of the original troika could unfortunately not be present due to urgent commitments back home. The retrospective films attracted an interesting crowd to the hall. Films from yesteryears that shaped many a career were showcased bringing back pleasant memories to the seniors in the audience. The highpoint was an interaction with the Gurus where they shared lesser known facts about the history, making of, concepts and hardships they faced while making the films. Continue reading
Fun, interactive and informative sessions have been the trademark of Anifest India for years now and this year too, we promise to bring you some really exciting masterclasses and workshops during Anifest India 2009.
The sessions for the revised dates are :
|1. Concept to Screen for Feature Productions
A comprehensive session about the process involved in an animation feature production. This session explains ‘A Character’ and the kind of design changes and evolution that takes place while creating it right from drawing boards to finally having it rendered and on screen. Further the session will also cover the technical processes and making of a robust pipeline required to successfully complete a feature production.
Speaker: Anand Bhanushali, Krayon Pictures
|2. The Organic Face of 3D CGI
This session is about character volumes, form and deformations during movement. A look at the structure of the human face with comparisons between real and toon faces, the session will compare good and bad models of the human body. Common issues when a mesh deforms during motion will be shown and simple examples of how rigs can be modified to create more believable creases around joints and large body areas will be demonstrated.
Speaker: Vivek Ram
|3. Character Animation & Story Telling
This session explores how a better understanding of story can help you bring out more character and empathy in your animation. Using examples from classic films, we will break down concepts such as film structure, scene structure, subtext, character arcs and point of view. Your job as an animator is telling a story and this class will help you animate your scenes keeping the big picture in mind.
Speaker: Bill Miller, VCL
|4. Entertaining India – 1
The session aims to explore the future of creating content in India and also for Indian audiences. Watch and learn as those who have managed to cross over, share their secrets to success.
Speakers: E Suresh, Famous Studios and Rudra Matsa, RME
|5. Animation E-Learning
eLearning is growing as a massive industry, and animation has become a staple component of it. The requirement of the animation techniques and style may be a bit different from the conventional ‘entertainment’ domain, but the fundae remain the same. This session will present an array of the existing styles and forms of animations prevalent in the eLearning domain, with a few case studies.
Speaker: Sameer Sahasrabudhe, IIT
|6. Comic Tomic
A deeper look into the dark side of some shy people or a candid chitchat with few comic book storytellers! A variety of Indian comic book artists will present their respective comic books (projected on the big screen) and take the audience through their stories, their emotions, tips, and behind the pages!
Speaker: Sekhar Mukherjee, Anindya Roy, Sarbajit Sen
|7. Animating for Tele Channels
Understanding the genre of TV content that is catchy, creative, out of the box and plain whacked out. From Show packaging to commissioned projects get the gyan from those who are creating the most memorable content on TV today. Its Gen Next – up front and personal.
Speakers: Piyush Raghani, MTV India / Manish Sehrawat, Sheetal Sudhir, Channel [V], Rajiv Eipe
|8. Entertaining India – 2
Indian content has arrived on TV and in this second part, we further explore the finer points of reaching your next big idea to the screen.
Speaker: Rajiv Chilaka, Green Gold and Ashish S K, Big Animation
|9. The Art of Stereoscopy
Showcasing the art of creating stereoscopic movies, in this session we will see a short animated clip rendered for stereoscopic projection by a student of NID.
Speaker: Pradeep Soni
|10. Beyond Entertainment: Simulations
Unraveling the mysteries behind real life simulations. There’s a career in this too. Step away from the world of entertainment and see the possibilities of using your talent in recreating reality. From defense to gaming, real time simulations are here.
Speaker: Rajat Ojha, Zen Technologies
|11. Behind the Scenes – VFX
Our favorite presenter is back again, this year too with some more surprises. Share the experiences on the making of some of the recent biggest block busters from Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Speaker: Sony ImageWorks
|12. Art to Animation
A demonstration using digital technology to design and create a character using a live on-stage reference. The session will illustrate the various facets of character design for different media such as Film, TV, Theatre and Print.
Speaker: Vijay Raut, Bombay Arts Society
|13. Voicing for Animation
The importance of voice casting for characters and visual story telling. Catch the master of voices in a session that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. The voice behind some of the most memorable content on TV and animated films is sure to give you an earful.
Speaker: Chetan Sashital
|TVCA student films: Screening and voting of the best films of last year|
|TVCA independent films: Screening and voting of the best films of last year|
|TVCA *new* category – Films made by Teachers: Screening and voting of the best films of last year|
|TVCA Commissioned films: Screening and voting of the best films of last year|
* Please note that all programmes are subject to the availability of the speakers and TASI reserves the right to modify the schedule at any point in time. Any changes will be announced on the TASI website.
DAY 1 – 15th August 2008
WELCOME ADDRESS & INAUGURATION
2D PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION
A live drawing demonstration explaining the fundamentals and 4 – 5 simple a basic principles of classical animation. Animation exercises that every animation trainee or student is expected to attempt and the importance of these exercises -how they incorporate some very significant laws of physics that we often tend to forget or overlook. This will be supported by animated clips.
ANIMATION ART APPRECIATION
Discussing merits of artistic value with examples of films made in India. To see how cinema always tells the story of “loss of freedom” or “celebration of freedom” while reflecting its’ times. How authors use the good , bad and the ugly. Two case studies, Paradise by Ishu Patel & Roberto Enrico’s An occurrence at the Owls bridge . A light hearted session, the presentation looks at animation as an expression of the people and an inherent quest for identity, reflecting a society, its goodness, its wants, ills and most importantly, its desire for change.
2D PRINCIPLES APPLIED TO 3D ANIMATION
An interactive exercise for staging and silhouette by playing with shadows while focusing on shapes to emote feelings. Working with the audience and discussing the thought process behind the shown poses. This presentation will show the importance of staging and interpretation of silhouettes by involving members from the audience and translating their actions interactively into 3d.
ACTING FOR ANIMATION
Principles of acting as applied to animation. Using real situations, the class will explore how to derive memorable performances in the most mundane situations. The session will look at how to bring these performances alive using animation. A further brief look at various ways to add layers of meaning to acting. This session is interactive and audience members will be expected to perform on stage.
TVCA SCREENING & VOTING
Student Short Films
DAY 2 – 16th August 2008
VFX CASE STUDY
An in-depth look at the visual effects in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘I Am Legend’ starring Will Smith. Behind the scenes, shooting techniques, chroma tricks, matte paintings, set extensions, CGI and more. A surprise presentation has also been added which will be revealed at the festival.
MOTION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Motion control in an interactive session on use and capabilities, presentation of before/after reels with essential tips & tricks. The session will discuss requirements for pre-production as well as post-production and will demonstrate the capabilities of the RIG, MILO and their limitations. ‘How to’ of integration with CGI and across different media. A must see for all directors and visual effects enthusiasts.
2D PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION
Beginning with the principles of animation such as stretch, squash, wave, anticipation, action, reaction, weight, settle and cushion the session will showcase examples from films to illustrate these principles in a frame-by-frame study. This will be followed by a live drawing session to show how these principles are applied.
IP CREATION & DISTRIBUTION – Session canceled due to unavailability of speaker
Presenting ‘Dashavatar ’. A case study from script to screen, highlighting various aspects of animation film making, marketing & distribution. A frank discussion on what worked, and what didn’t. A never before look at the things to watch out for, pitfalls, strategies & schemes to ensure protection & promotion of your IP.
An interactive discussion and demonstration of the need, importance, advantages and disadvantages of story-boards. The story-board as an invaluable aid for the Director and the entire production. You too can make an effective story-board even if you can’t draw. It’s about the story and not about your drawing skills.
TVCA SCREENING & VOTING
Professional Short Films
DAY 3 – 17th August 2008
MOTION CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY
Diwakar Vashisht & Vinnie Reddy
Discussing trends in motion capture worldwide with footage of motion capture based movies. Followed by a live demonstration of motion capture technology using members from the audience to perform for animation of digital models.
Introduction to Comic Art. The trick to surviving on passion, pencil and paper. The medium as an aid to films as it involves concept art, camera angles, story-boarding etc. History of comic books and the advent of storytelling. Showcasing great artists and demo of how to do research. Followed by a live demonstration of the process of the creation of comic art.
Screening of ‘Chai Break’ followed by a presentation on the film. Exercises including the creation of a small sequence. This will introduce the medium, its possibilities, advantages & the process. Volunteers will be invited to animate one frame at a time to create a truly interactive film. The basic purpose is for people to see the process & also get a feel of doing it themselves.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT & CONTROL
A non-technical session presenting simple ideas to ensuring efficiencies in productions irrespective of scale. File naming, production tracking & effective communication, including organising & maintaining a structured work-flow. A look at managing art & scheduling using common sense & a proactive approach.
VFX CASE STUDY – THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC
Mohan Krishnan, Sudip Chatterjee
An interactive presentation on the visual effects behind the making of Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic. Behind the scenes, integration of live action with CGI, chroma shooting and more. Directors’ perspective on importance and effective integration of visual effects into mainstream Indian film productions.
TVCA SCREENING & VOTING
VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS CEREMONY
SAANSKRITIK RANGAARANG KAARYAKRAM