Tuesday, 30 May 2017


The word animation means the state of being full of life or vigor i.e. liveliness. In simple words it can be said that it is a technique to photograph successive drawings or position of models to create an illusion of movement when the complete film is shown as a sequence. In our Today’s blog discussion we will understand the basic difference between 2d & 3d animation.


 Animation as defined is a process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change by means of rapid display of a sequence of images with minimum difference from each other. Animation can be captured with analogue media, a flip book, motion picture film, video tape and digital media.

The first animated screening was held in France by Charles Emile Reynaud. He created the Praxinoscope in the year 1877 and the Theatre Optique in December 1888. Reynaud projected the first animation in public, Pauvre Pierrot at the Musee Grevin in Paris.

There are basically 5 methods of creating animation. They are as follows:

Traditional Animator – 2D, Cel, Hand drawn
2D Animation – Vector Based
3D Animation – CGI, Computer Animation
Motion graphics – Typography, Animated Logos
Stop Motion – Claymation , Cut-outs
Traditional animation had a lengthy procedure. Thousands of pictures were drawn on acetate sheets or cels by hand.

Each cel used to be different from the previous cel. The difference used to be very less. Every cel used to be photographed on a separate frame of film.

When the reel was played the animation moved.

In Maac Kolkata we teach both 2D & 3D ANIMATION.

Computer technology brought a revolution in the world of animation. Computer animation is much faster compared to traditional animation.

Moreover it is more controllable. Though computer animation is there since 1960s, animators started to use it along with traditional animation from 1990.

2D & 3D ANIMATION comes under Computer Animation. Here the animation is created digitally on a computer.

The main focus of 2D Animation is manipulation of image. While with 3D Animation technique a virtual world can be created. In that virtual world characters and objects move as well as interact which make them “real” or “alive” to the viewer.

2D animation characters can be created or edited on the computer using 2D Bit Map Graphics.

It is also can be created or edited by using 2D Vector Graphics.  2D animations are created by using software’s like Adobe Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and Encore.

2D animation has many applications which include analog computer animation, Flash animation and Power Point animation.

Digital 2D animation can use different layers to build up pictures. It can show anything from background and landscapes to multiple characters and crowd.

Digital 2D animation is not used as such for artistic purposes any more due to lack of depth. But it is still used in advertising and desktop Publishing.

The software’s for 2D animations are follows:

Anime Studio
Syn Fig 3
Pencil 2D
TVPaint Animation
Crazy Talk

3D animation is a type of animation which uses computer generated images to create animated scenes.

It is a process of generating 3 dimensional moving images in a digital environment. Careful use of 3D models or objects is carried out within 3D software for exporting image sequences giving them the illusion of animation or movement.

Compared to 2D & 3D ANIMATION , 3D has much more depth and it looks much more realistic. It uses programs like Maya to create animation with more depth.

The procedure of generating 3D is categorized into 3 main sections .They are modeling, layout and animation and rendering.

The first phase Modelling describes the technique of generating 3D objects within a certain scene.

The layout and animation phase – describes the process followed by positioning and animating the objects within a particular scene.

The process of production is successfully completed with careful combination of the sections mentioned and some other sub sections. The market is filled with different software.

The software’s used for 3D animation is as follows:

Autodesk Maya
Autodesk 3ds MAX
3D Movie Maker
Pov Roy

AD3D Edge Plus is a 3D animation course which gives an individual the required skill to become job ready.

This course covers the process of animation film making from pre production and production to post production stages of film making.

Importance is given to aspects of story boarding, stop motion, 3D design and modeling.

Topics covered by MAAC Kolkata are:
Pre Production
Story Boarding
Stop Motion
Video Editing
Digital Design
Sound Editing
3D Design Modelling

Digital Sculpting
Look Development
Lighting and Rendering
Fluid, Hair and Cloth FX
Character set up and Skinning
Character animation

Software learnt by a student in this course are :

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Audition
Adobe Audition
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk Mudbox
Black Magic Fusion
Autodesk Motion Builder
New Age Software

Job role offered to a professional with the above mentioned skill are:

Modeling Artist
Lighting Artist
Texture Artis
Render Artist
Character Animator
Layout Artist
Digital Sculptor.
Rigging Atist
Video Editor
Motion Graphics Artist
FX Artist
Game Artist
3D Generalist

The difference of 2D & 3D ANIMATION lies in the process of creation and the end outcome as well.3D animation produces characters which are more realistic. They are represented in all three dimensions as in height, width and depth. 3D animation is preferred more over 2D animation because of the ability to create more lifelike characters, more realistic.

2D movies which deserve special mention are the following:

Lion King 1994
2.Siprited Away 200
3.Alladin 1992
4.The Iron Giant 1991
5.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
6.The Little Mermaid 1989
7.Beauty the Beast 1991
8.Fantasia 1940
9.Bambi 1942
10.The Princess and the frog 2009
11.Toy Story 1995
3D movies which deserve special mention are the following:

1How To train your Dragon 2010
2.Toy Story 4
3.Sherlock Gnomes
5.The LEGO Ninjago Movie
6. Despicable me 3
7.UP 2009
8.Kung Fu Panda

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Special Effects In Kid’s Films That Steals Their Heart

When you think of groundbreaking special effects, the first thing that comes to our mind is kids film that comes in summer vacation and turns out to be the blockbusters from big production houses. So children’s films are often a source of innovative special effects.

Earlier the movies were intended for general audiences rather than being targeted to specific age groups, since that time making a movie was the priority. Some found inspiration in the kid-friendly fiction of Jules Verne and Lewis Carroll.

Among them Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon“ (1902) and “The Impossible Voyage” (1904) and Cecil Hepworth’s “Alice in Wonderland“ (1903) used pioneering special effects and editing such as multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, substitution splices, and creative use of set design and camera placement to bring imaginary worlds to life on screen.

Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)

Such a example of special effects film “Gertie The Dinosaur“(1914). The film is considered to be one of the earliest examples of animation films.

Gertie is the Dinosaur who is said to be influenced animators such as the Fleischer Brothers and Walt Disney.

In the film, Winsor McCay draws Gertie “live” in a clever sequence that is humorous and graceful and is an extreme delight to watch.

The short film also gives viewers an inside sneak and peeks at the animation process when McCay reveals the 10,000 drawings or sketches needed to make just a few minutes worth of animation film.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs“(1937). The Walt Disney Company’s 1937 film was the first full-length feature film using cel animation.

Concept Artist Albert Hurter oversaw every part of the film’s design from backgrounds to individual characters.

Disney’s team did not restrict themselves into any boundaries rather they went ahead to draw inspiration from German expressionist films as well as mainstream cinema which is commendable, and the result is there in front of our eyes about Disney’s success.

The Queen’s transformation scene is one example of where the Disney studios borrowed from the likes of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” as well as 1931’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Disney Studios developed the multiplane camera in order to create realistic depth and movement of backgrounds; it was first tested on the short “The Old Mill“and used for Snow White and other classics. “The Little Mermaid” was the last Disney film to use a multiplane camera.

Toy Story (1995)

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story was hailed by critics and audiences alike.

The film has been recognised as the first feature film which is fully animated with computers works.

As Julia Zorthian discusses in her look back at Toy Story twenty years after its release,  according to her one of the key to its success was the excellent storytelling the film projects which has actually helped the film  a good longevity long after CGI has become an industry standard.

The Harry Potter Series (2000s)

Creating a believable world of magic and Muggles has been a task for the director and production teams on each film in the series and they have used every trick from old fashioned optical illusions and model sets to CGI and green screens to pull it off.

Hugo (2011)

Director Martin Scorsese wanted the opening shot of Hugo to be a seamless long shot from outside the railway station through the clockworks and into Hugo’s hidden home.

To bring Brian Selznick’s book to life, Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato and Pixomondo Ben Grossman devised many tricks and transitions to create the signature opening with other scenes that indeed pays homage to Méliès and other filmmakers of the earliest days of cinema.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Using a live actor with computer animation and motion capture had not been done on this scale, but director Jon Favreau and special effects supervisor Rob Legato worked with hundreds of designers to create the seamless animated backgrounds and animal characters.

And they did all the previz using VR headsets.

The end result is also a testament to Neel Sethi’s talent as an actor, since he had to deliver an emotionally true performance while responding to puppets.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

TV Shows With High-End VFX

TV has come a long way over the years. There have been some incredible highs that have almost literally gotten the whole world talking, as well as some abysmal lows populated with shows that are better left unmentioned.  VFX is used in serials in television to enhancing the look and feel of a particular scene and helps to create the scene more visually appealing.

As things have progressed, so too has the job of the visual effect artist, a job which has changed dramatically over the years. It’s always worth taking a minute to review what lead us to where we are today.

So, without further delay, let’s begin our tour of visual effects in popular television channels that have stolen our hearts.

VFX-driven TV shows have always been liked by the audience regardless of their age. After all, why would anyone not like the idea of escaping from the real world and watching something which is possible only in the reel world?

The trend of using visual effects in TV shows began with Ramanand Sagara’s superhit mythological show, Ramayan based on the life of Lord Rama.

Usage of  VFX was one of the biggest reasons that viewers were drawn to the show. Much has changed since then and the kind of VFX we get to see in today’s shows is way ahead of what we saw during our childhood.

What hasn’t changed is the fondness for VFX which infuses life and drama to these shows. Let’s take a look at some TV shows which are making the best use of VFX €

Maha Kumbh: Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani: It is a thriller show set in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh.

The story deals with Rudra, a boy who possesses supernatural powers but is unaware of them. A perfect blend of contemporary and period drama, the show features fight sequences with VFX adding a flavour to them.

The 35-member VFX team leaves no stone unturned in creating a fascinating make-believe world.

Razia Sultan: & TV show Razia Sultan is the story of Delhi’s first queen, Razia Sultan. Having a grand set in Gujarat’s Umargaon, the show’s  production team consists of 200 members.

According to a report on Animationxpress.com, a sequence from the show which shows Razia taking on a tiger took as long as two and a half months to create.

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat: Based on the life of Indian Emperor of Maurya Dynasty, Ashoka, the periodic drama is being shot on a large scale in parts of Kerala, Jaisalmer, Mumbai Film City and Karjat.

The ambitious project is handled by a team of 500 people. Featuring first-rate VFX, the show is becoming hot favorite among the audience.

Maharakshak Devi: Maharakshak Devi revolves around Devi, the most powerful girl in the world who is shown fighting evils of the contemporary world.

The highly advanced VFX imparts an eye-catching look to the show and infuses life into the riveting story line.

These are just few examples of serials which are using vfx on regular basis.  And many many more to come. This gives us an idea how much scope vfx artist holds after completing his course.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Enchanting Visual Effect Work In Phillauri

Guys!! What if one fine day you are asked to marry a tree? And it turns out that you aren’t just married to a tree but a ghost who awakens you in the middle of the night? Pretty scary, right? Here is our visual effect movie Phillauri all about.

Though it sounds scary, it isn’t.  Here comes the hilarious romantic comedy film from Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films, Phillauri starring none other than Anushka Sharma as the friendly ‘spirit’ or ‘Ghost’Shashi who narrates her love story and the reason why she has transformed into a ghost.

It is the story of mangalik boy played by Suraj Sharma who needs to marry a tree before he ties knot with his bride Mehreen Pirazada to escape the bad fortune.

From there, the story takes off and the Ghost spirit of Shashi floats in who apparently has an unfulfilled wishes that needs to be taken care.

As Shashi unfolds her tale, the flashback story takes us in the era from where she came from.

The visuals  effect shift from a bright, modern day setting to a contemporary one where we can observe Diljit Dosanjh’s character, who is Shashi’s lover, as a singer  from a  remote village in Punjab whose voice has the potential to ‘change the world’.

The trailer manages to arouse interest of the viewers with its well-scripted dialogues, astounding visual effect and the cast definitely earned lots of interest among its viewers.

While we can observe a serious tone attached to the flashback story, the present day scenario is filled with witty lines and comical situations.

The shift of scenes from the present to the flashback era seems seamless which can be credited to the work done by Vishal Sinha, Editor Rameshwar S Bhagat and excellent colour grading service provided by Redchillies.

The film with a ghost in it has lots of visual effect to bring the scene live and interesting. Director Anshai Lal has brought in one of the best visual effect studios of India, Redchillies to work on the VFX scene in the movie.

With good Visual Effects work the movie reaches to another level of visual ecstasy. Anushka Sharma can be observed floating all around as a ghost, which has created a celestial aura in the whole movie.

She has a translucent look, with details such as hair and clothing that floats and moves as she flies through the air.

And bringing this friendly ghost alive all credit goes to its visual effects supervisor Harry Hingorani.

Anushka’s histrionics as the friendly and entertaining ghost look endearing, and the visual effects add to the look.

“The idea was to leave it ambiguous. There’s a lot of freshness in the movie and the visual effect work worth appreciating.

We welcome you to Maac Animation Kolkata. Here we have Best training faculty team, industry expert, and best infrastructure for learning animation and VFX.

Monday, 22 May 2017


The Academy Awards, officially known as ‘’ The Oscars’’ is a set of twenty four awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the voting members of the Academy .

This award for artistic and technical merit in the American Film Industry is given annually. The winners of various category are awarded with a copy a golden statue known by the nickname ‘’Oscar’’.

The first Academy Awards was presented in the year 1929.

The First Oscar or The Academy Award for best animated feature film was given for films made in 2001.

An animated feature film as defined by the academy as a film which runs for more than 40 minutes.

In such a film, the characters’ performances are created using a frame by frame technique.

A considerable number of the major characters are animated. At least 75 percent of the total running time of such a film should be dominated by animated figures.

Previously, few animated feature films were produced. The Academy award body did not want to consider an Oscar Award for an animated feature film.

The academy used to give special awards to exceptional productions usually for Walt Disney Pictures.

Like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the year 1938, who framed Roger Rabit in the year 1989 and Toy Story in the year 1996?

Before an Oscar for the animation feature film came into existence, the film Beauty and the Beast was the only animation film that was nominated as Best Picture, in the year 1991.

From 2001, the animation film market started to expand. Many competitors to Walt Disney joined the animation film market.

An increase in the number of animation film releases compelled the Academy to consider animation feature film as a category for award or Oscar.

Thus in the year 2002, in the 74th Academy Awards, the first Oscar was given to the Best Animated Feature Film.

When this category of award was first come into existence, the nomination went to the persons who were involved in creating the award winning film.

That person could be the producer, the director or both. For the 76th Academy Awards in the year 2004 only Directors of the Film received the nomination.

From the 86th Academy Awards the above point was amended to include one producer and up to two directors.

The 89th Academy Award took place on 26th February 2017. The animation films that were produced in the year 2016 were nominated for the 89th Academy Awards were:

Kubo and Two Strings by Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana by John Muskar, Ron Clements and Osnat Shruer
My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Kubo and Two Strings:

In the above animation film the story develops around Young Kubo. His peaceful existence was shattered when he accidentally summoned a revengeful spirit from the past.

Now in the mission Kubo gang up with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy.

Armed with a magical instrument Kubo must battle the MOON King and other Gods and monsters to save his family and to solve the mystery of his fallen father, the Greatest Samurai warrior the world has ever known.

The Box office earning is 74.5 Million USD and the Budget was 60 million USD.

Moana :

This story is inspired by a Polynesian legend about demi-god called Maui.

The story is entirely universal, mainly for girls about the danger that lay beyond one’s home. Moana find her way to the sea.

The mission is to bring back heart of Te Fiti, the goddess of creation. It was stolen by Maui thousand years ago bringing misery upon the whole world.

In the entire film Moana keep convincing Maui to venture on the task despite the fact that he no longer has his powers.

The two of them making their way to Te fiti despite the hurdles. The Box office earning is USD 639,557,044.

My Life as a Zucchini:

The film is a celebration of friendship and empathy as Zucchini makes peace with a bully name Simon and Delops a crush on Camille, a newcomer.

There is an enchanting ski trip, a smattering of pranks, misunderstandings and touch suspense.

Everything rendered in expressive and imaginative visual detail. The animation technique is more soulful.

The characters are enigmatic and individual in ways that they are hard to forget. The box office earning is USD 296,721.

The Red Turtle:

It is a story of a man whose ship wrecks on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.

The Red Turtle recounts the mile stones in the life of a human being. This film received critical acclaim.

A simple story has been beautifully animated with layers of rich visuals.

The box office earning is 3.7 million USD.

The winner of 89th Academy Award for animation film is ZOOTOPIA.

Zootopia :

This film is about a world where predators and prey live in harmony, a rookie bunny cop and con artist fox work together to uncover a conspiracy that put the lives of predators in danger.

Zootopia is a city where animals from every environment live together. For this film the studio’s IT engineers   developed the fur controlling software iGroom.

This gave character designers precise control over the brushing, shaping and shading of fur. This film offers a thoughtful inclusive message that is as rich and timely as it’s sumptuously state of the art animation.

All while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers    entertained.

This film was released in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD and IMAX 3D, making it the first Disney animated film shown in domestic IMAX theatres.

The box office earning is 1.024 billion USD.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Top 6 Most Popular Animation Magazines

The world of animation is evolving very fast. With all the advancements in the animation technology there is increase in the number of animators in the market.

Today’s blog is about the popular animation magazines that every animator should know.

Animation is being used in every field…whether it is cartoon series, games, videos, movies, commercials or anything else you just have to name it … and animation is already setting its foot there.

Thus it is very important for budding animators to know about the trends in the industry. These websites provides the information about the latest trends in the animation industry, its education and visual effects.

The animation magazines are popular among the industry people. It gives a quick glance of the new updates that the animation people are accepting and which are the new software in the market.

You can either buy a printed copy or opt for a digital one. You can get all the information through these magazines about the world of animation.

There are variety of developments and innovations in the technology of computer animation. The animation magazines take these innovations and present it to animators.

There are many animation blogs and articles available on the internet. But there are some of these that are really worthy of reading and as an animator you should be read these blogs to keep your knowledge updated. So let’s see such websites today and know more about them.

Animation World Network

The animation world network is the most famous group that has the largest selling magazines across the world.

It provides itself in around 150 countries and has lots of readers. It has wide range of interesting articles and news in animation. It has a large source of imagery resources for animators.

It also provides links for animation professionals and fans. They publish printed magazines as well as digital magazines.

These magazines are Animation World for general animation articles and VFX World for VFX and special effects. It is one of the oldest magazines and was launched since 1996.

Their magazines are also available on the online shopping websites such as eBay.

Through the Animation world network, you get one source for variety of information of facets of industry. For every person working in animation industry, AWN has some information for everybody.

Animation Magazine

Animation magazine was founded in the year 1985. It is a monthly magazine that publishes 10 times in a year.

It comes in digital as well as the printed format and covers the latest trends in animation industry and visual effects and its education.

Every form of animation is covered in the Animation magazine.

It also covers the articles about the animated films, TV series, cartoons, visual effects, new media, and new computer graphics techniques and software’s.

They keep their website updated with latest posts. You get the most exciting articles about animation here.

Every year two events are hosted by the Animation magazine. These events are The World Animation and VFX Summit and The World Animation Celebration. Both the events are very popular and prestigious.


Another good magazine for animation is Cinefex. It is a bimonthly journal that covers visual effects in movies.

It was launched in 1980.They have lengthy and important articles about the trends in the animation industry.

This magazine also contains the interviews of popular animators and artists. This is a very famous magazine ever since its launch. It comes in digital and printed edition.

There is special article about the behind the scenes photographs that explains the use of visual effects in the movies.

These photographs contain the stages involved in the progress of the film making.

The digital copies were launched in 2011 and were also made available for ios users.


AnimationXpress.com the online magazine has served as the nucleus of the Indian Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics industry online, since its inception.

Animation Xpress organized many industry conferences and have media partnered almost everyone in the animation, vfx, gaming and comic events all over the world for the past several years.

AnimationXpress.com is in the midst of a transformation that will add immensely useful engines and features and revolutionize the way B2B happens online globally.

3D Artist

3D Artist is a magazine that contains all the latest articles about the animation field. They are very popular among the animation crowd and have wide variety of articles and information about different different projects in 3D world.

This magazine is published in UK. They have everything the artist in 3D animation needs to know.

This magazine provides a source for motivation among the new aspirants hoping to make future in the Animation or computer graphics industry.

They interviewed artists across the industry and makers of the 3D projects. They also give career advice from the industry professionals.

It also features the computer graphics tutorials and awesome 3D stuff. This magazine has articles for all levels of animation artists.

3D World

3D World Magazine is another popular name in the Animation magazines.

This magazine is designed for the artists in computer graphics, and also covers areas of VFX, animated games, movies etc.

It is a monthly subscription magazine. It contains the articles related to the 3D creativity.

It in year 2000 Andis published in UK. The magazine is sold across many countries. It is also available in digital as well as printed format.

The magazine illustrates the updates in the 3D animation world, visual effects and video games.

They also provide the column for questions and answers. They provide the tutorials for 2D and 3D animation. They have review articles about new software’s and trends in the market.

So isn’t it cool that you get so many exciting content just by paying some minimal fees.

These are very important magazines for the budding talent in the market of animation.

All the aspiring animators should learn the new trends and technology in the market. There is increase in the number of animators in the industry.

Keeping yourself updated is very important if you want to grow as animator and want to survive in the industry. But reading these animation magazines is informative and fun at the same time.

And why not? They give you information about your favorite animation character.

Today we summarized the top five most popular animation magazines. You truly will get benefit by reading these fantastic periodicals.

Just keep reading!!! Our Animation Blog for more updates.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion VFX Work Behind The Scene

Baahubali: The Beginning which was released in 2015 and from then ever since, the audience has been waiting eagerly for its second part, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. In our today’s blog we will discuss the amount of VFX or visual effect the film has incurred and its behind the scene activity.

While the first part was definitely epic as well as superb entertaining, but at the same time we have ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ taking the excitement of the audience to the level next.

Those who have seen the movie have been waiting keenly to find an answer to the life changing question – Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?

While the world waits to know the answer with the sequel finally got released and we all got our answers too. But with addition to the answer the audience has got much much more.

The whole film industry is in awe of the film and its every frame that is no less than a visual masterpiece.

It is the first Indian movie to be released in 4K High-Definition format, so the audience got to see crystal-clear graphics that has left the viewers stunned and experiencing new flavour of Indian Cinema.

It has proved to be the most expensive movie series in India, and a large part of the budget has gone into the visual effects, so the movie is full of effects which are beyond anything that anyone ever seen before.

Every scene has been pre-visualised before shooting. After completing the shoot, footage has been send to the VFX team and get a post-visualization done on them.

There after the footage were taken to the editing table to see if it is going as per director’s vision or not.

The team has been involved in intense post-production work for the last five months (after shoot got completed) when they started receiving VFX shots for colour grading (or colour correction).

Each and every scene (both VFX and non-VFX shots) similar in terms of colour and it took a lot of time to complete and to give it the desired intense look and feel.

There were problem of bad light sometimes but the team had overcome it successfully.  Starting from brilliantly choreographed bow and arrow sequences to VFX scenes each and every scene is a treat to watch, Bahubali 2 had all of us awestruck.

Bahubali 2 happens to be a visual film and it has a lot of visual effects.

The film has create visuals that don’t exist in real life with VFX assistance it had actually made it possible to happen.

The film has been released in IMAX format that will enhance the viewers’ experience.

The images are wider in Baahubali 2. So, one will get to see 25% more of Baahubali and Mahishmati kingdom compared to Baahubali 1.

Also, Baahubali 1 was about character introduction. Baahubali 2 is grander than the first film. Everything is on a bigger scale. One get to see grandeur visuals and emotions.

The brilliant tapestry of VFX-aided visuals, the larger than life war sequences, the intricate action scenes, the pulsating romance, the hate, rage, envy and commitment wraps the film in.

The director Rajamouli enhances the real-time emotions, the pace he unleashes to turn this period drama into a modern thriller making the sequel as big a blockbuster as its prequel.

It is a matter of pride that this is one Indian film that has the muscle to match up to Hollywood’s special effects and visual effects and stands to make it go down in history.

The movie turned the tables on Indian cinema’s VFX backwardness forever.

The film has now set some really high standards for other films to follow in terms of visual effects in upcoming years.

Reports claim that it took more than two years to get the VFX elements in the film perfectly set in the movie.

And approximately more than 30 studios from countries like Ukraine, Serbia and China were brought on board for Baahubali’s sequel.

Apart from being one of the most expensive climax shots, the sequence is approximately 40-45 minutes long, which means as a Baahubali fan, you know you are up for a visual treat with some stunning graphics and effects.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017


In the present time, Animation as a carrier option has boundless scope. There are various ongoing domestic projects as well as outsourced projects from the industry giants in animation industry.

This has fueled the growth of this industry in India in spite of global economic crises.  For an individual who loves to create magic has immense opportunity with proper education and guidance. There are courses and avenues an individual can pursue after finishing his or her 12th grade.

The major problem students find in case they are not good with maths, physics and science what will they do. Their parents also are extremely worried about their future prospect.

This happens to be quite common symptom now a days.


At the very beginning one has to be clear in his / her understanding about the field one is entering. Often animation is misunderstood as cartoon creation.

To end that confusion animation can be defined as a process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change by means of rapid display of a sequence of images.

To simplify, animation is the art of making inanimate objects alive with modern computer techniques.

As an animator an individual can use techniques like 2D hand drawing, 2D computer generated sketches, 3D computer generated  animation, stop motion or model animation techniques .

The method depends on the specialized skill acquired by the animator or individual.  Animation is done now –days with the help of computer and various software’s are used to create 2D and 3D animation.

In India, different courses are available in animation.

Diploma courses, Certificate Courses, skill based specialization courses etc.

The duration varies from 36 months to less than 6 months respectively. The eligibility for the Courses is 10+2.

Whereas institutes allow even 10+ to take up Diploma and Certificate Courses. Since it’s a skilled based course.

Sometimes the Certificate Courses help an individual to assess oneself if he or she is suitable for this field. As a student when an individual is being taught the very basic skills of the trade, he gets to know whether he is in the right carrier path.

While choosing the right course a person has to know the various courses offered by institutes and the jobs offered by the industry, with the clear understanding of the skill required for the specific job roles.

A person can approach the industry with a specific job role in mind and prepare himself with the required skill and courses.

A person who wants to concentrate on pre-production and digital film making with overall concentration on 3D animation should have an exposure to the following areas:

Concepts of Film Making
Stop Motion
Digital Design
Sound Editing
Concepts of Non-Linear Editing
Modeling & Texturing
Lighting & Rendering
Particle & Dynamics
Character Setup & Skinning
Character Animator
Moreover to cater to the requirement one should have the knowledge of the required software’s on 3D animation.

The software’s are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects, Adobe Audition and Autodesk 3ds Max.

The job roles on offer with the above are as follows:

3D Modeling Artist
Character Animator
Texturing Artist
Lighting Artist
Rigging Artist
Render Artist
Layout Artist
3D Generalist

Again for a person who wants to concentrate on all the aspects of 3D Animation should learn certain specific software’s like Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Mudbox. The skill and knowledge required are:

Concepts of Filmmaking
Digital Painting
Matte Painting
BG Modeling & Surfacing
3D Character Development
Texturing & Look Development
Lighting & Rendering
Particle & Dynamics
Rigging & Character Setup
Character Animator

The job roles offer for an individual with the above set of skill is as follows:

3D Modeling Artist
Character Animator
Texturing Artist
Lighting Artist
Rigging Artist
Render Artist
Layout Artist
3D Generalist

For venturing into the animation industry with complete knowledge of the process of animation film making from pre-production to post production require something extra on the knowledge and skill part. A person should have exposure to the following areas:

Video Editing
Digital Design
Sound Editing
3D Design & Modelling
Digital Sculpting
Look Development
Lighting & Rendering
Fluid, Hair & Cloth FX
Character Set-up & Skinning
Character Animation
Visual Effects
3D Tracking & Match Moving

For a person to become a job-ready professional in the industry , acceptable by animation studios , graphic design companies and gaming studios should go for specialization on any one of the following subjects as per requirement of the industry :

Modelling and Texturing
Lighting Shading

Specific software skill is required for such a professional. The software’s should be learnt are the following :

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Audition
Autodesk 3dsmax
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk Mudbox
Eyeon Fusion
Autodesk MatchMover

The job roles on offer for a person with the above knowledge and skill are:

Modeling Artist
Character Animator
Motion Graphics Artist
Texture Artist
Lighting Artist
Rigging Artist
Storyboard Artist
Compositing Artist
FX Artist
Match Moving Artist
Render Artist
Layout Artist
Digital Sculptor
Roto & Clean-up Artist
Video Editor

As per data of the animation industry pay scale of 2017, the average pay for an Animator is around Rs 3, 53,000 per year. Experience plays a key role in salary in this industry.

We at Maac Kolkata help aspirant who wants to build a career in animation, with relevant hands on practical training from best faculty team who are industry expert and experienced people in the said field.

At Maac Kolkata, we not only focus on quality teaching staff and infrastructure, but also on the placements of the students.

MAAC offers 100% Placement Assistance to all its students. The placements begin before the course ends and large number of students are already placed before their course ends.

For this reason, Maac Kolkata has been ranked as the best animation, VFX and multimedia training institute in Kolkata and eastern India by the students unanimously.