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Monsters, Inc., The Matrix, Spider-Man, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Avatar, Finding Nemo and the very popular Game of Thrones have been made using Maya or Autodesk Maya. It is a 3D computer graphics software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, originally developed by Alias Systems Corporation. Some of the most creative minds in the industry came together to develop Maya. Each new release of Maya is empowering individual artists and studios around the world to create masterpieces and wow the audiences with their creativity. Maya’s main scripting language MEL is highly customizable, and that is one motivation why Maya can be found a lot in the film industry as studios like to be able to generate their own set of tools that can help them attain their job much easier. Maya has really been know as the go-to app for 3D animators among the industry for its robust rigging and animation tools and its animator friendly workflow

Maya is one of the most popular 3D software packages on the market. And the internet is full of endless resources and tutorials for people wanting to learn how to use it.

Simply Maya specializes in Maya tutorials, offering over 1000 individual training videos, which range from the basics through to intermediate training. Each lesson has been created by instructors with industry experience and are designed to get you up and running in the software quickly.

Creative Crash has some great eye popping free tutorials. Literally abundant with creative content, it has a section dedicated to Maya training. And very interestingly the user can filter their search by language, user skill level, choose from video or text training and whichever operating system you’re using.

Cg tuts+ is a learning source for all that is related to computer graphics, including Maya. There’s something here for users of all skills with tutorials covering everything from designing and creating cartoon characters, using rigs, expressions and constraints as well as dealing with the difficult issue of hair.

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If Akshay Kumar’s razor-sharp shark teeth are any indication, Shankar’s 2.0 is set to tear thing apart and tear them to shreds! And that it does with its super tagline “The world is not only for Humans”

One thing it has already done and that too even before its release is that it has torn the idea that things can’t go beyond Bahubali’s INR 250 crore earnings! As on date just the cost of 2.0 is close to INR 500 crores- almost double the cost of making the Bahubali series!

And for all the nay-sayers who gloat on the sidelines that such a huge budgeted movie would be difficult to sell, let it be known that the movie has already sold its satellite rights for a whopping INR 110 crores! The rest rests on the impressively mighty shoulders of Rajni Sir and Khiladi Kumar, both known to turn around the fortunes of any movie they work in.

Yes, a movie of this magnitude does have its share of scares what with Rajnikant’s last movie “Kaala” not doing enough to set the cash registers on fire. It barely managed INR 10 crores in its Hindi avatar and has the producers worried. Is the Rajni effect waning? Most likely not. And even if it did, there is Khiladi Kumar whose starts are on the rise for quite some time now.

As for the movie itself, its built around the idea of the transformers which transforms from one entity to another in the mater of seconds. Here, it’s not cars to machines but cell phones to machines. Yes, cell phones from everywhere (in your hands, in shops, at homes, everywhere) get sucked on the calling and form a swirling ferocious mass which then shows the face of the Antagonist. Actually, the real story from whatever we can surmise is that the villain is actually a Scientist who is concerned with what we have done to birds and bees with our crazy obsession for technology and this fact comes to light in the very first scene in the teaser when a huge, huge swarm of birds are seen flying around a cell-phone tower (the other could be the tagline “The world is not only for Humans”). Presumably this is their way of showing their anger towards what it has done to birds- all but destroyed them.

Somewhere in his quest to set things right, things go very wrong for the Antagonist (Akshay Kumar’s character) and he develops a strange appearance and wants to bring harm to humanity. And he can, which becomes evident from the novel way in which he snatches phones from everywhere!

When it becomes evident to everyone in power (Adil Hussain, the Minister) that the Antagonist is hell-bent upon destruction and that nothing in the world can stop him, they turn to Dr.Vaseegaran who in turn looks to Chitti, his look-alike robot. And so goes the story!

The bigger story here is not the story itself but the story of the making of the movie, its budgets, and the number of languages it is being dubbed in and so on. For the records,

  • Of the whopping INR 540 crores, a huge, huge chunk goes to pay the leading men. Figures, don’t ask. Instead, go figure it out!
  • Of what-ever remains, INR 100 crores accounts for cost and time over runs, meaning no addition to the movie itself but an expenditure all the same- and a big, big one at that!
  • Bahubali’s earnings were INR 250 crores. 0’s costs itself is double that!
  • Part of the INR 540 crores have already been recovered by selling the satellite rights for INR 110 crores!
  • 0 shall be dubbed in “over 15 languages” (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and many other languages). Even the likes of Sound designer Resul Pookutty finds this formidable and says it would take a minimum of three months to work things out.

We could go on and on and on about the movie and you would be sitting there reading and turning into something like the antagonist. Better still, book the tickets RIGHT NOW and see it first day, first show on 29 November 2018 when it is being released! BOOK THE TICKETS RIGHT NOW. If nothing else, you would be doing your bit to recover the costs!

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Silence sometimes speaks louder than words. In noisy times like ours, it is silence which creates the most noise!

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin knew this way before others. And helping him in his silent movie endeavors was the era of silent films. They didn’t speak a word then, but they communicated a lot more than we do these days because situations create emotions and we equate emotions with sounds! His movies are always a source of inspiration for many of our students specially those who take admission in our Diploma in Visual Effects and Film Making courses.

One of his greatest classics, the silent comedy movie “City Lights” still lights up people’s lives even today- a full 87 years after it was released! It is said that by then i.e. 1931, sound and dialogues started to appear in films but Charlie Chaplin was adamant he did not want the same for this feature. And boy it worked wonders!

Looking back, it may seem like the story of a time when there still was innocence in the air around us; when cell-phones and gadgets did not occupy the entire waking hours of us humans, when before buying anything, we seemed to reflect how deep our pockets were and to the depth the seller had gone to bring the product to us. Yes, those were slower times when digital watches weren’t around but time still passed by fairly well.

About the story, it’s about the infatuation/ love of the Tramp (who else in a Charlie Chaplin movie!) to a blind flower-seller girl. He was always is on the road doing odd jobs to keep himself aloft. With a heart full of gold, his pockets, unfortunately, are just as empty. Never-the-less, he tries in his own super-sweet, super-innocent and super-emotional ways to make a difference. Life seems to support the tramp in his mission to bring the gift of sight to the hapless flower-seller girl when he meets a drunk millionaire who is about to commit suicide. He too is a regular with the blind-girl for flowers. Drunk, he becomes a large-hearted benefactor. Sane, he doesn’t remember a thing. His extremes bring in the essential comic relief. And is also the reason the tramp ends up behind bars once too often! The tramp’s attempts to make money doing odd-jobs come to a naught and he has finally to depend upon the Drunk (in the right mood to relent!). He does get the money but not before his share of crazy capers including an attempted robbery. Behind bars, he finds it hard to explain how he got the money. Add to that the Drunk millionaire who doesn’t remember a thing of having given it to the tramp!

The money finally reaches the blind flower-seller girl. And not before the Tramp is arrested for robbery! By the time he is released, she has her sight restored- but doesn’t recognize him! How she finally does, is the stuff of sheer brilliant story-telling, and needs only to be seen to understood and appreciated!

If you are a student of Visual Effects Course or studying Film Making in Pune, be informed that Veda College Pune is holding a special screening of this awesome silent-era movie at Hi-Tech Hall, Azam Campus on 23 Nov 2018 .

Be there and see the power of silence being spoken and how love transcends everything!

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Why did it happen?

This may seem an innocuous question. It is. Think deeper and you realize that a “Why” is the reason behind most stories! It is the central reason which propels stories to be formed and told over and over again.

Why did the world come about? Because Adam and Eve came together! And why did they come together? Well because they ate the forbidden apple and were cursed to become humans and so out of heaven!

Something similar is the case with questions like” Why did the Mahabharata happen? Why did Mahavir Singh Phogat go after his daughters to become wrestlers? Why did they have to land a rocket on the moon? Why, why, and more whys!

The fine art of story-telling and weaving magic (including lies in office, lies to the wife/ girlfriend, lies to the teacher and all other lies which were never caught!) by bringing facts across does not arise if the “Why” is not considered strongly at its very onset.

This fact comes out rather strongly when the stories get related to a larger audience like for example movies, TV serials, news articles etc. Implausible stories get some traction till the audience is small as is the case with most folk-lore which are region & religion specific and somehow does not fit into any other genres or stories which need the backing of another story or are not stories at all but are portrayed as such. Like a small fish in a deep and rough sea, small & weak stories get lost in as their “Whys” aren’t strong enough to support their existence. The bigger, more plausible and strongly built stories get told over and over again as there is substance, drama and a certain degree of attraction for the characters therein, like for example the central idea of the Gita and the Mahabharata and such epics. People will listen to it a million times. And yet want to listen to it again! Here, the element of “Why” comes out in capital and bold!

To understand the effect of the “Why” in story-telling remember a time in Bollywood in the years between min 90s and early 2000s. Movies were made in numbers and went down just as fast. Why? Because their central themes, the story & bedrock which carries the load of the movie on its shoulders, was very weak (if not completely non-existent in some cases!). The mid-2000s to the present, Bollywood has sprouted some seriously good movies which have been greatly appreciated by the masses. Why? Because the story-line is strong and its narration impressive. A case in point is Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wassypur”, a gritty yet earthy film on the lives and times of families in a small town in hinterland India which was located on the crossroads of India’s coal belt. The story strongly in place, each character and situation has been given the treatment which sees them stand on their own two feet!

So, for all those among you who want to become story-tellers across mediums, forums and platforms, if there is one thing you ought to keep in mind to make effective stories which get told a million times (and more if it possibly can!), get your “Whys” in place. And do it strongly with all the bells and whistles in place. If done as desired, you could just be on of the most effective story-teller the world has ever seen- and one who can have a name and fame which matches the best in the world!

Regards,

Prof. Rishi Aacharya
M.Sc.-I.T. ,B.Sc. Multimedia
Principal & Director
University D.L. Programmes
MCE Society’s College of Visual Effects,Design & Art
Ground Floor , Hotel Management Building ,Azam Campus , Camp, Pune 411001

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Our B.Sc third year Students  got an Opportunity to an industry tour of  Reliance Games arranged by  P.A.INAMDAR COLLEGE OF VISUAL EFFECTS DESIGN & ART.

In the session they tested a game which is designed by the studio and shared their reviews with the game developing team. They also learned about the Workflow of the 𝟐𝐃 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝟑𝐃 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 Pipeline, which will be very beneficial for them in future.

The overall session was fun and interactive. Students enjoyed the visit and learned so much from the studio.

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS: Students got the knowledge of Gaming Industry Pipeline, also the studio is interested in giving workshop to students and taking students for internship also.

  • Our visit started with a warm welcome by the Reliance Studio Team.
  • Afterwards, the team provided their Game to the students, for testing.
  • After the testing of the Game, they took feedback from each student.
  • Our students from both PAI VEDA & VEDA EXTENSION CENTRE gave their feedbacks based on the testing.
  • The feedback session went for a long time but was quite interesting.
  • Reliance Team took the students feedback positively and was quite impressed with some students as they haven’t expected this type of quality feedback from students.
  • Afterwards, they provided some refreshment to the students and the staff.
  • Post lunch they provided one more game for testing and took a quick feedback for that also.
  • After the testing and feedbacks, we interacted with the Team Leads of Modeling & Texturing, Rigging & Animation and Pre-Production Departments.
  • All the Team Leads shared the work pipeline of Game Industry.
  • They also shared some valuable information regarding Modeling, Texturing, Rigging and Animation.
  • Also, they told us about the Importance of Sketching and Color Theory in Game Industry and Production.
  • They shared some good tips on making a good Demo reel/ Portfolio for Fresher’s.
  • We also met with the HR of the studio.
  • In the discussion with the HR, they told us that they can do a 1 day workshop after Diwali.
  • Also, they are interested in taking up some students for internship and might be do some hiring.
  • The overall tour was quite interesting, fun and knowledgeable.

Students who wish you create their career in Game  Designing can also join Diploma in Game Designing , an year long programme for teaching the complete aspect of game design and making a strong vote for the job in Game Industry.

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On the auspicious day 17th International Animation Day PAI College of VEDA celebrated their 4th Akhil Bhartiya Kala Shikshak Gaurav Samman on 28th Oct, 2018.
Principal Prof. Rishi Aacharya started this initiative to appreciate and reward eminent personalities from the field of art and animation, who have made a mark in the society. The result was Kala Shikshak Gaurav Samman Awards. He added in his speech: We will continue inviting & appreciating the Artist of India.

The List of Awardees was:
1) Shri. Vaibhav Kumaresh (2D animator) http://www.vaibhavstudios.com/

2) Shri. Sudhakar Chavan (Artist) http://sumbaran.org/about.html

3) Shri. Nitin Desai (Film Production) http://www.nitindesaiartworld.com/

4) Shri. Ravsaheab Gurav (Artist) http://www.ravsahebgurav.com

The Chief Guest for the Program was Dr. Uday Kumar Dharmalingam; He is the Designer of the India Rupee Symbol. He was very much thrilled with the concept. He addressed Students & in his Speech he said: One should have passion for his working. One should learn ourselves to discover our self to rule the world.

Students were awarded for their good work done in Arts, Shri. Vaibhav Kumaresh added: Variety of Talent among Students is needed to scale their individual performance.

Shri Sudhakar Chavan after receiving the awarded was so touch with his feelings commented that, I appreciate PAI College of VEDA for this honour to him as a Teacher. He also said that we need to have sensitive thinking & imagination!

While awarding Students Shri Raosaheb Gurav expressed his valuable views: Dedication is required in all the students & he himself will never give up ART.

Teaching, Non Teaching Staff & students of PAI College of VEDA attended the Session.

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Amazing Tips for Good Sketching by VEDA college

Sketching is a great way to express art. It’s rather also very interesting to do.There are millions of people out there who consider sketching as a hobby.

Well it’s not completely appropriate to say that people just do it for themselves, people actually make a living through it.

If you are a novice, Here are a few common but great tips that you could use to sketch better.

Tip #1: Use the right tools

“Use the right tools” is the most basic advice anyone would give. You don’t really need a lot of money to gather the right type of tools. Let’s take pencils as an example. There are a few different types of pencils designed for different purposes .It’s just about you being able to choose the right ones for your purpose.

Tip #2: Observation

It’s commonly said that Observation is 50% of making a piece of art. And It is completely agreeable as your ability to observe the object and put it in paper is what sketching is all about.

Tip #3: Develop your own style

Art is all about doing something very attractive differently in your own style. Ones you have gathered all the skills and knowledge about sketching, You have to focus on what you can do in your own different style. Art has not rules.

Tip #4: Look around

The best way to develop your own style is to looking at other artists styles. Now you might be thinking that wouldn’t that be copying?…. Absolutely not, Ideas are made when you analyse a thousand Ideas of other people floating around you.

Tip #5: Keep practicing

It doesn’t happen overnight. The sooner you understand this, the better it’ll be for you. It takes hours and hours of thinking and practicing your skill to one fine day reach to a level when you can call yourself a professional.

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(If you are already into digital marketing, You may skip to the steps but for those of you who are not aware of link building(getting backlinked) can stick around for the basics)

Backlinks are links on other websites that are directed to your website….

Seemed confusing?

Read it again!

If you are new to blogging or owning a website, You probably might already be thinking that link building is a great way to gain traffic and audience for your website.. Which is right!

There’s no getting around the fact that it does help you, generate more traffic through getting linked on other authorized websites.

But in addition to that, getting back-linked from reputed websites is also considered to be very SEO effective.

Yes…. Google does prioritise your page (in terms of page rank), If you have good/reputed websites linking back to your web page.

And its rather pretty logical,

let’s get this straight with an example:

If a bunch of good people are talking good about a person, You as a rational human being will also believe that yes, That person can’t be a fraud!

so , it’s all about reputation.

(You also need to make sure that the websites linking back to you are authorised/ reputed)

Now, You’ve got a rough idea about why backlinks are necessary

But now the question is! How do we actually get backlinks

Here are a few things that you can do to organically get back-linked from reputed websites.

Produce quality content:

The first thing that you need to assure about content is, It has to be engaging and to be engaging, It has to be unique and valuable.

Many bloggers complain about, how they are not able to gather a decent audience to look at their stuff….

But the fact is

Nobody cares about how hard you work, it’s all about how valuable your content is(to the viewers)

So, in order to get recognized by good websites, you will have to maintain the quality of your content.

Reach-out to websites:

There was a time when people used to buy a bunch of backlinks

but lately, Google has been very keen about how they rank pages….

They believe in providing the most organic search results to their users. So if you want to sustain in the market, you will have to respect the authority and be organic.

Once you have good content to show,

You need to reach-out to good websites via email or social media or by any communication means

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In the process of reaching out, you will have to be patient and not just fill your email with asking to get linked. They receive hundreds of such emails on a daily basis.

You need to provide some value to them first, Like you could praise their website and propose to write a good article for them for free and build a good relationship.

And then request for a back link…

Just think how well/powerful would that be as compared to just throwing an email, asking for a backlink.

Use Social Media

Getting recognized is the ultimate key to getting more backlinks. Once you get recognized and get exposure, other bloggers will automatically start talking about you which will inturn generate more backlinks to your website.

Social media is a great way to get recognized as a personal brand or an organization. So sharing your content and actively participating in putting out value to the community will also help you to gain recognition and exposure.

Be consistent:

Initially, you probably might not get the level of attention that you thought you would. Which is normal.

Yet, You will have to be consistent in putting out great content, reaching out to websites, being active on social media or be it any activity that will help you gain more traffic and backlinks.

So,

Don’t Give up, The ones that do…. fail!

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Career after 12th: How to Choose and Pursue a Career Path

 

The one question that arises multiple times in a 12th grads brain is ‘what am I going to do next’, ‘What career path am I going to choose?’, ‘What value is the degree going to hold?’, ‘How much money will I be able to earn?’.

But while thinking about all of this, they often forget to ask themselves “who they really are?”….. What’s the one combination of skill-set that they want to acquire, And actually feel happy about it?

In this article, I’m not gonna talk about “WHAT” courses you have to choose or “WHAT” degree you have to learn, we are going to talk “HOW” to choose the right course, “HOW” to choose the right degree.

Here are 5 things that you’re gonna consider

What’s My Passion?

It might sound cliché, But it never ceases to amaze me, the fact that was reported by returntonow.net that said “In 2013, Forbes magazine reported on the poll, saying “work is more often a source of frustration than fulfilment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.”

To figure out what you love you’ll have to ask yourself, What is the one thing that you would enjoy doing happily even if you weren’t paid anything in exchange………… THAT’s YOUR PASSION.

Who are the People, I can Look up to Seek inspiration?

Here is one of the biggest tip I would give you, Once you have figured out, what you are passionate about, the next step is to find people who belong to the same niche and ask them about their journey to the top. By doing this you can be certain about “are you ready to face the challenges that they did”. If no, you better back off. It’s never too late to quit.

Am I just doing this for Money?

There are a ton of people out there that choose a career just to assure value in terms of money and eventually end up getting bored of what they do, but keep doing it till they retire.

“Getting bored” is human nature, But how frequently getting bored is the question.

Make sure the thing that you’re getting into has a lot to do with your interests.

Make a Career Plan

Ones you have figured all of the above out, Now it’s time to plan on how are you actually Gonna achieve that goal. Research about every single thing that is required for you to be an expert, write that down so you won’t forget why you started, and just start doing it.

Fast Forward (Pro tip)

This is a tip for procrastinators. There is no getting around the fact that we all procrastinate. But whenever you realize that you’re not being as productive as you should be. Just keep your actions in mind, and fast forward your life by repeating it over and over again. And ask yourself, will you be what you’re supposed to be. (If you didn’t get it read it again. This will get you back to work much faster).

 

– Ravi Tikate

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Do you that the most of the dinosaurs we see in Jurassic World were fake? Do you know that these dinosaurs were actually created in 3D and given larger than life effects by using VFX?  Well, it’s really hard to differentiate between real footage and the CG effects created by the 3D animators or by VFX artists. To have more understanding of their work Visual Effects team of Jurassic World released some of their work. Industrial Magic & Lights is the team behind the exceptional visual effects for the movie

To have better understanding please check this

Now as shown in the video you can kids are riding on dinosaurs but in reality, human replicas were used in order t get real movements of the character.  The sequence was shot with the help of actors, technicians and the VFX specialists

In another shot, we can see Velociraptors. These frolickings were too played by the actors. They acted in a way to pretend that they too are the dinosaurs

Jurassic World movie is not only about actors or specialists pretending to be dangerous but it’s about use of fantastic digital art.  All shrubs, bushes, greenery, dinosaurs, wreckages were created with layer by layer digital artistry.

To have more detailed perceptive for VFX breakdown of Jurassic World you must take look at the full video. This video will give insights of magic behind Visual Effects of Jurassic World created by Industrial Light & Magic’s team. This team really worked very hard to produce high VFX which will as realistic as possible. Team Industrial Light & Magic is awarded numerous awards likeCritics Choice Award, Visual Effects Society Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Satellite Awards and Annie Awards etc for its outstanding visual effects work quality. ILM team is due with it’s another sequel called as Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom on 22 June 2018