Saturday, December 28, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
One of my greatest inspiration Frederic Back passes away at 89 leaving us with his greatest Animated short films. I remember seeing all his films during my college days and getting inspired to get into short film making. You sir were a genius at capturing those moments of life which engrosses the audiences into the magic of storytelling. You have surely have touched my heart with your creations. You will always stay as a master for all years to come. Rest in peace
The Man Who Planted Trees from MrGreatShortFilms on Vimeo.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This was done by a friend Sagar Funde. I thought it was hilarious! Loved how he recreated the 70s, and that too in animation!
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Check this small lecture on creativity by john cleese. It might open up some new avenues for you
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Friday, November 15, 2013
John Lewis - The Bear & The Hare from Blink on Vimeo.
John Lewis 'The Bear & The Hare' - The Making Of from Blink on Vimeo.
After seeing the making of the film, you might ask "Why??", but this is pretty insane stuff! I remember a similar effect achieved in those Popeye cartoons where the backgrounds were miniature sets and the animation was on cell. I don't think they had laser cutting back then!
Anyhow this must have been fun!! :)
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Shocking!! :-o After layoffs from Dreamworks, R&H, now Pixar too? I hope everything's okay in Emeryville! :(
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Friday, September 27, 2013
Hmm I wonder if I'm the only one who thinks this looks like Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus stuck in an ice world!
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This almost brought tears to my eyes! Such passion! :)
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Hey guys here's an awesome animated ad of Micromax Canvas Doodle 2. And the animation is done by the super talented Rajiv Eipe. I've had the privilege of working with this talent freak on Nick projects and it's like an adrenaline rush! Check out the ad and more of his work here.
P.S. As far as the product is concerned though, I still think my Note II is better! :P
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Absolutely brilliant film......This film is a personification of all those true artists in distress. A must watch
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
I am so proud to put the Animation Promo of my students work done at Animation and Art School Goa. Enjoy the promo reel and leave a feedback
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Anyone here who remembers of that big dream to meet those masters who created the magic of illusion in the field of animation, design and art by not just shaping our creativity but even life. Well here is that big oppurtunity to meet them and make that dream come true. Creative talent network CTN is holding an international online art challenge with one winner of selected nations win a vip sponsered trip to upcoming international CTN expo. Its a great honor to our country to have Mr Dattaraj Kamat an amazing character designer who is also a co sponser of this event. This oppurtunity wouldnt have been possible for indian students without his unique artistic ability and his incredible designs based on our people. Lets give a big round of applause for his achievement and for bringing this rare oppurtunity to india. All the creative maniacs out there gear up with your weapons of art and go get that treasure.
International Design Challenge Presented by the Creative Talent Network
Win a VIP trip to the CTN animation eXpo
The Creative Talent Network, known as the premiere community for top talent artists in the animation, video and film industry, is hosting their first annual international design challenge where the winners win a VIP trip to the CTN animation eXpo. Open to emerging talent, young artists will show how they would design their own way of getting to the CTN animation eXpo from their part of the world to the animation capital of the world, Burbank CA USA. Whether a flying machine, shot out of a cannon or space travel the goal is to tell their story in one image and impress the judges. The distinguished panel of judges include legendary artists Armand S. Baltazar Feature Film Animation Senior Designer, Andy Gaskill Feature Film Animation Art Director, Ed Gombert Storyboard Artist, Glen Keane Feature Film Legendary Animator, KekaiKotaki Video Game Concept Artist, and Scott Robertson Concept and Transportation Designer.
This challenge is being presented in association with artists and supporters from the following countries. CGMA of the United States, DattarajKamat of India, Arludik Gallery of France, Satzinger& Hardenberg Feat. of Germany / Austria / Switzerland, Paul Young and Cartoon Saloon of Ireland, Sergio Pablos and SPA Animation Studios and Pablo Navarro of Spain / Brazil.
Important dates and information:
Opens June 1
Submissions close October 10th, 2013 12:01AM PST
Winner(s) announced on or before Nov 1st, 2013
Website Details: http://ctnrecruiting.com/
The top winner that is chosen receives a complimentary VIP trip to the CTNX 2013 held this year on Nov 15-17, 2013.
For more information please go to www.ctnrecruiting.com or email info@creativetalentnetwork
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Filmmaker and animator Arthur Metcalf creates a mobile game for stress buster.. brilliant
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This looks insane!! Bill Plympton is so awesome!!
Posted by Dapoon at 10:51 PM
Best PORTFOLIO advice to ART/ANIMATION/DESIGN Students from the legendary artist/illustrator/animator PASCAL CAMPION. Please read through. Something might just sound right and everything might change from this point......
You know, I see quite a bit of portfolio on a regular basis, and even more so when I go to comic con and CTN.
This time around was the same thing, I saw quite a few portfolios. Some good ones and some that miss the mark.
There were a few in particular that caught my eye.. a few extremely good ones, and a few that just didn't work, and I wanted to try and share my opinions about portfolios in general.
This is just my point of view, based on MY experience and definitely not a definitely law, rule, or "must do". Just what I noticed in many student's and young professional's portfolios.
The first thing that strikes me is how similar portfolios can be from one student to another..I can almost always tell when one student is from Art Center, San Jose State, Otis, Sheridan or any other major school. It's a good thing and a bad thing. Mainly a bad thing though
Just a few personal thoughts on portfolios since I just came back from comic con and saw a ton over there.
Your portfolio should be a reflection of yourself , not just your skills. When you do a portfolio and go shopping it around, or just ask for some feedback, the person you are showing it to doesn't know anything about you. Doesn't know how long you took to draw this piece or this piece, and quite frankly, does not care. Do you know how long it takes to make a commercial? a movie? does it matter when you are in the movie theater and watching it? The same goes for the reviewer. The number one thing that matters( at least to me) is how enjoyable the experience of going through your work is.
It doesn't have to be funny, or cute creatures.. I very often appreciate portfolios that are fairly gory and bloody, or of other nature, as long as I can relate to it somehow.
The way I relate to a portfolio is through the quality of the images in them..and this is what I consider to be quality work.
1 If you are images tell a story, you are more than halfway there.
2 if your story is crystal clear, you are ninety nine percent of the way there.
3 if your stories are clear and personal, you just broke the house.
You'll notice that neither in 1 or 2 is there any mention of technique... and, oddly enough, there is still no mention of it in number 3 either.
You know why?
BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!
Let me make this clear.
When you are showing your portfolios to people, you are selling ideas and personalities.
Not how you handle Photoshop, or perspective.
Not how you mix your colors, or how many different variations on a tree you can create.
These are exercises you do in school to develop your skills that are used to create stories..which is what I look for.
I am not saying that technique is not important, but I see it as a skill that is very similar to writing.
When you are a kid, you learn how to draw letters, and eventually words and how to write..and you forget about it.
You use that skill to write essays, and novels, and letters to your mom, girlfriend or potential employer.
When you send a letter to a potential employer, you are not showing them how many different ways you can draw the letter A, or B, or Z.
You write ideas.. you try to show this person who you are and what is interesting about yourself.
The better you write, the better you will be able to convey these ideas..but if you have no ideas to convey, all the nice writing in the world won't amount to much.
In a similar fashion.. if your resume is fifteen pages long, most people won't want to read it, especially if you are just showing declinations on the letter M and N, and how well T and H can go together.
Back to Portfolios.
Images are beautiful letters, beautiful words and it's easy to get caught up in the "how it looks" bit..much more than with the alphabet( unless you look at how old Manuscripts were written), but they still function like words and paragraphs.
In some ways, if you use them correctly, they actually function better. If you are careful enough, you might be able to express emotions and feelings that you wouldn't necessarily be able to do with words. You can suggest images that don't exist, and you can make someone feel something... very much like a great writer can create worlds that do not exist.
You can , and you should do that as well in your portfolios.
I understand it is easier said then done, and a lot of you think they have nothing to say.
I think every single person has something to say in a unique way.
Maybe you don't have something DIFFERENT to say, but the way you are going to talk to your best friend ,your mom, a complete stranger about how you feel about ice cream will be different from person to person.
The way you and your neighbor see the sky and the clouds outside your window will be different and unique.
As an artist, you are an author, not just a mechanic.
As an author, you develop your technique to fit your vision.
This is what school and teachers are here for. They are not meant to transform you into an artist... you already are one. They are here to help you develop the tools you need to fully express who you are and what you see.
This is what most people in the industry are looking for.
People who can use the skills they have to share visions.
You need both.
You don't need to possess ALL the skills in the handbook.. that would be impossible because that handbook is being written as you go along.
There definitely fundamentals that have been around for centuries and that will always be around, but techniques change and evolve with you and with society.
The latest software you are going to be be so good at might not exist in three or four years.. but if you are using this software to express your ideas, chances are you will be able to do it somehow with a different piece of software, or a different type of tool altogether.
Last week, I saw two portfolios of note.
One from this young artist from Mexico who could barely speak English.
He did comic books, and was there with his other friend, who didn't speak English Either.
He showed me his work, and was very shy about it.
When I looked at it, my first reaction was.. ha.. this is not my style, this not the "look" I like.
When I read through the first story he had, the hair on my arms were raised. I loved the story.
It was simple, clear, and easy to relate to. it was a love story.. love gone wrong if you want.
Technically, there were some issues in the pacing, there were a few frames here and there that were not totally necessary and some that could have have been totally cut out... but the overall point of the story came across loud and clear and it worked.
His second story was a sci fi story...once again..not my cup of tea..it looked like a mix between Anime and something else that I didn't know and that is not necessarily my favorite type of art.
Here again. the whole story worked, and there were NO WORD BALLOONS. He hadn't had time to put them in.. but the story still worked.
There were again some things that were not necessarily working with layouts and pacing, and the look of it was something way more bloody than I cared for, but it worked.
My feedback to him was that his work was awesome. I saw some issues here and there, but in spite of these, his stories worked very well.
I didn't feel like I should tell him what to fix, because although some parts were clumsy, they were not broken. It was imperfect, but it worked.
The point I am trying to get across here is that even if it's not perfect, your stories, your images can work. And that's really all you can ask for.
Perfection doesn't exist.. we strive for it, but we know that no matter how close we get to this ideal we have, it will always move a little further back, always out of reach.
The other portfolio I saw that made an impression was for the wrong reason.
This young girl who had just graduated showed me her work and everything in the book was an exercise she had done in school.
Technically, it was all good. She actually drew and painted better than me( which happens VERY often) BUT... there was very little personality in the book.
When I see something like this, I usually pick apart the technique because that is the only thing that is presented to me. And that is what every recruiter will do..if you just show him how well you draw your O's and your T's, they will just look at that, and not at the bigger picture, they won't read the text and will just get very nit picky on those things.
That's what I did.
I also encouraged her to put all that aside and to use her own experiences in life to come up with stories that she could put in images...and make them as honest to what she felt as she possibly could.
This girl has so much skill, but it seems that along the way she forgot to use them for what they were meant to be used.
And that is what I see a LOT in portfolios.
This my advice to you guys when you are prepping your portfolios, when you are in school,when you are relying on your teachers.
Remember WHY you want to be artists. Remember that you ( most likely) were draw to this because of the cartoons, comics, films you have seen as a kid that made you laugh, and cry, and wonder.
Remember that your teachers are there to help you but they won't transform you into artist. They can just help you find your way, and develop the tools you need to get there.
And remember that you are special and unique. That even if everybody else in the class, or around you can draw better, color better , animate better than you, it's about what YOU are going to do with your skills that matters, not how many skills you have.
And that's what you should be showing the world.
That's my two cents.
Once again.. that is just MY point of view.
I am sure many many people will have different opinions, sometimes contrary ones, but this is what I think and this is what works for me.
Posted by damncreative at 10:18 AM
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Toothless is BACK!! :)
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Friday, July 12, 2013
My all time favorite actor playing my all time favorite animation pioneer?? I AM SOLD!! :D
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Well well AM show reel 2013 is out. What do you guys think of the new stuff?
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Brilliant stuff! Animation really is easy!
Posted by Dapoon at 9:13 AM
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Hey guys long time no posts! :)
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Wow!! An animated movie made with ACTUAL ATOMS!! You don't get any smaller than that! This is HUUUUUGE (or rather, the opposite)! Check it out!
And here's the making:
Posted by Dapoon at 12:55 AM
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A post after a long time. Check new CHEF ANIMATION clip i animated and designed sound for our new Animation Film Production program at Animation and Art School Goa.
Enjoy he clip
Posted by damncreative at 12:27 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Did another digital painting and wanted to share.
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A new animated short featuring Mickey Mouse and the old gang, reportedly the first of 19 planned shorts designed to bring classic disney toon characters to a new generation.
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
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Friday, March 1, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
This is so cool! Wonder what it'd be like to animate with this. It would be 2D + 3D + Stop motion! :D
More information here.
Posted by Dapoon at 12:02 PM
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
There you go Monsters! The whole short film! :)
Btw does it seem similar to this?
Posted by Dapoon at 2:16 AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Finally we got something to watch about the making of dragons. Check it out people
Posted by damncreative at 10:10 AM
Friday, January 18, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Check out Pixar's latest offering in short films. Looks awesome and I can't wait to see the rest of it.
However I must say it reminded me of Disney's classic cartoon Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet.
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Friday, January 4, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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