Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FICCI Announces Media and Entertainment Business Conclave from 29-30 October at Bangalore.

FICCI is all set to conduct Media and Entertainment Business Conclave this year from 29-30 October at Bangalore. Technology perspective of Media and entertainment including film, TV, gaming, mobile and new media will be the spotlight of this MEBC edition.
Promising sessions on Indian Animation, VFX and gaming market will be witnessed in this 5th Edition of MEBC with panel discussions on Formulating & Implementing a viable Media & Entertainment policy for a State, Reshaping Mobile entertainment in the era of Digital Revolution, The Emerging Trends of Indian IP in Animation & its exploitation and The Emerging gaming Industry in southern India.
Kamal Hassan, Chairman, FICCI MEBC, says, “The focus would be on “effective proliferation of meaningful content in the backdrop of digital technologies and the array of new media”. Traditional platforms have been disrupted and new methods for the future need to be adopted in order to create and monetise content. For this, skill development for the industry needs special discussion and a road map.”
Panel discussion on Formulating & Implementing a viable Media & Entertainment policy for a State will focus on developing infrastructure, local skills, technology, and explore possibilities on how to develop the Media & entertainment eco system for a State.
VFX enthusiasts should join in to experience a session on how to create cost effective Visual Effects for Indian movies and also a detailed making session on VFX of Kamal Hassan Starrer Vishwaroopam.
Emerging Trends of Indian IP in Animation & its exploitation will shed light on’ what does it take to create a product that is internationally marketable and acceptable? And will be moderated by Dr. Ashish Kulkarni-CEO, Reliance Animation with panelists Krishna Desai – Turner International. Sharad Devrajan- Co Founder & CEO, Graphic India, Smita Maroo – Shemaroo Entertainment, Nishit Takia – Co Founder, Krayon Pictures and Rajiv Chilaka- Founder, Green Gold Animation
Speaking to AnimationXpress.com, Leena Jaisan, Senior Director & Head – Media & Entertainment, FICCI, says, “For the first time such an initiative encompassing all sectors of M&E is happening at Bangalore. Stalwarts from all the fields will be present and we are expecting record number of delegates this year too.”
The Indian gaming industry has evolved speedily in recent times and to bring out the current scenario of emerging gaming Industry in south India, a discussion on the same will be moderated by Rajesh Rao of Dhruva Interactive and panelists will be Anshuman Rudra- Studio Head, Tiny Mogul Games, Bharti Soft Bank, Jugul Thachery- Co Founder, Chaywoo Games, and Lalit Patel- Co Founder, Bash Games.

Friday, September 20, 2013

All-India Level Animation Challenge - 'Last Date Extended'!!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Launched an animation company: Animation Square - 30 August 2013

Bangalore: Animation and Art director Mrs. Sushila , have launched an animation company, Animation Square, which has completed 5 projects and has Two projects in the pipeline. Addressing media persons, she said the Bangalore-based  partners invested in the company to drive its operations and growth including two projects the company currently undertook. The company, which proposed to increase its headcount from 8 to 20 by the end of the year.

Animation Square Pvt. Ltd. with its headquarters at Bangalore, India, is a young vibrant company of the new age Multimedia and provides Creative Digital Communication Solutions. We are a company totally committed to Quality and Innovation. This has granted us widespread recognition and has been our guiding motto ever since our inception.

At Animation Square, we work as a Team, to understand our customer's requirements and meet their expectations. In a volatile marketplace, we are constantly upgrading our skills and keeping abreast of cutting-edge technology to cater our customer's inherent needs.
Animation Square has the necessary expertise and ability to deliver quality solutions within tight delivery schedules. Our costs are highly competitive since we employ Processes and Methodologies that increase efficiency. We offer you integrated multimedia services to help you communicate your ideas, products, services and information. This includes communication media based on Computer graphics, Animation, Internet and Interactive Program. We provide solutions in the areas of digital media.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, 12 October 2013 - Call for Entries

After the grand success of its debut, Delhi Shorts International Film Festival organized by Miniboxoffice, is all set for its second edition which will be held on 12 October 2013, Delhi. Entries are being accepted in various categories which includes 2D/3D short animation films that can bring out some innovative concept, interesting story telling and good technical craft. The last date of submission is 20 Sept 2013.
Delhi Shorts International Film Festival-13 is an independent film festival which has tied up with well know festival organizations like  filmfestivals.com,  festivalfocus.org,  filmfestivallive.com,  clickforfestival.com,  uptofest.co at national and international level as well. Till date, it has received great responses from USA, Austria, Brazil, Malta, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Berlin, London, Portugal and Israel. It has managed to receive 33 international films in addition to national entries in categories action, comedy, history, animation and VFX worldwide. This film festival has also tie-ups with some international agencies like Fest home and Fippuebela (Mexico Film Festival).
Talking to AnimationXpress.com, Festival Director Rambhul Singh shared, “DSIFF-13 awards are meant to recognize the best talent & work in animation industry.” He added further that few winners can even get placement in Reputed Animation Organisations as per festival tie-ups
Apart from short film screenings the festival will also feature interesting talks and workshops including master class on ‘Short film marketing, distribution & revenue generation’ by  Festival Director, Multiple Award Winning Filmmaker & Marketing Head Miniboxoffice Rambhul Singh, as well as Dr. D.C Singh, Chief Advisory, Miniboxoffice.
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IAD 2013 Awards of Excellence Film Submission : Call for Entry ...

Dear ASIFA Friends,

It's that time of the year again! Preparations for International Animation Day 2013 are in full swing.
Gear up for all the fun packed activities, sessions, workshops and more!!!

As a part of International Animation Day celebration in November 2013 we once again proudly bring forth the annual ASIFA India Awards of Excellence.

For more details on film categories, regulations for submission and how to submit your films please visit the ASIFA India website on www.asifa.in.


Invitation for Broadcast India Show, 9 - 11 October 2013... Pre - Register Now!

Wacom India Brings 2 New Contests

Wacom India Brings 2 New Contests

FOR MORE DETAILS: Design 2 Win ; Wacom India

SOURCE: Design 2 Win ; Wacom India

The Animation Society of India presents Anifest India 2013

ust look at the awesome line up of sessions TASI has planned for Anifest India 2013!!


FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Animation Society of India

15th TBS Digicon 6 Animation & Movie Awards Calls for Entries

Win a trip to Tokyo, Japan for TBS DigiCon 6 Awards
INR 20,000/- 
Send your Entries by 10th September, 2013.

Download Entry Forms - http://www.cgtantra.com/downloads/13_07_digicon_enteryform.pdf 
15th TBS DigiCon 6 Website

Talk to the Pro: Sandeep Menon - Blue Sky Studios, Inc.

An artist always grows on his creativity, and creates a tremendous art which fanatsize people's mind. Such artist is Sandeep Menon who is a Visual Development Artist at Blue Sky Studios, Inc., who has explored in the animation industry with his visual observation. And Talk to the Pro is the place where you can interact with Sandeep and ask questions, regarding his experience in this creative industry.

Sandeep's first foray into the entertainment industry was an Art internship at Pixar Animation studios where he had the opportunity to work on the Academy award winning movie, UP(2008). His movie credits include Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Epic (2013) and he is presently working on the new Peanutsmovie that is due in Nov 2015. For his other works check his website www.sandeepdesign.com

CGTantra also had a chance to interact with Sandeep Menon. Here are the links of the interviews:

Interview with Sandeep Menon - Visual Development Artist, Blue Sky Studios, Inc. 

Interview with Sandeep Menon - Visual Development Artist, Blue Sky Studios, Inc. - Part 2 

‘The Warrior Lady- ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai’ 3D animated film

‘The Warrior Lady- ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai’ 3D animated film

Manish Tandon
Based in Mumbai and Founded by Manish Tandon, Honey Interactive animation, a department of Honey International, since 2010, has been delivering services in designing, animation and implementation of full-service digital solutions for companies.
This studio has finished the production of their 3D animated film titled ‘The Warrior Lady- ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai’ that will bring awareness about this historic ideal among the young generation and are presently looking out for a distributor for this film.
The life story of Rani inspired this studio to move forward towards composing a 90 mins 3D animation movie in Hindi language, using the Autodesk 3D Max software. Directed by Gajender Shortraya, this movie targets the age group between 5-15 years, who are fond of watching cartoons and animated movies.
The characters of this movie revolve around Rani Lakshmi bai, King Gnagadhar Rao, Raghunath Singh, Jawahar Singh, Gulam Gauss Khan, Sanghar Singh, Major Ellis and Hugh Henry Rose.Rani’s character is represented in the full fledged form of her being an excellent horse rider, who practiced with weapons. Her sacrifice and courageous fight against the British Raj will surely drill the society to move their eyes towards the ‘regiment’ of women.
22 artists of this studio have worked for a total of 3 years on this movie, but it was not at all a cake walk for as the team visited Jhansi to research about the life of Rani. The only primary source, from which this studio managed to get extensive information, was by interacting with the inhabitants of Jhansi along with analyzing two books written by Vrindavanlal Varma and Tripti Roy.
They didn’t just stick to this resource, but even set out on a field trip to Jhansi, visited the fort and captured the photos of the different corners of the town. This in turn helped them to ideate the traditional set up for this movie including the construction of varied 3D elements including the fort and city wall..
In order to know more about this movie, AnimationXpress.com’s Nicole Fernandes asked Manish Tandon, Creative Head and Co-producer, Honey Interactive, as to how did they come up with the idea of working on this concept and he comments”
“The main crux of this movie lies in bringing out Rani Lakshmi bai as a National Heroine and an epitome of female bravery. This movie is made keeping in mind the concept of sending a message to the women that they are not an inferior race but they too can dare to dream and accomplish their goal by a strong willpower inbuilt.”
Talking more about the challenge, he informs, “Constructing the characters of this movie was a tedious task for us, as we didn’t have a proper picture of Rani Lakshmi bai.”.
Adding more on this, Pawan Lahotiya, Producer, Honey Interactive, says, “The creation of reality into fantasy is designed keeping in mind the true story of Rani Lakshmi Bai which will attract kids to get interested in history as well.
When Manish was asked about the look and feel of this movie, he confidently said, “My team has tried to enhance the historical value of this film through 3D animated characters and we believe that we’ve managed to achieve remarkable International standard.”
The studio is trying its level best to convince a well known celebrity to lend voice for Rani’s character and is also in talks with a famous lyricist for to pen the songs.
Once this movie connects with the Indians audiences, it will also release around the globe in 70 languages. This studio hasn’t just stopped at this, but are also currently engaged in creating two E-Comic series titled ‘THE BIRTH OF HANIMAN’ and ‘MAMA MALANG’.
To get in touch with Manish Tandon, you can contact him on 9320773284 or hianimations@yahoo.in


GRAVITY 2013, MAAC, Vashi