3D Animation in Blender

Hello friends,

Its nice to be back in the classrooms of  ‘film productions‘ diploma course, after nearly 2 months of holidays! Yesterday, 20 Aug got the results and I am satisfied. Specially with an A+ in Intro to Animation. Yuhu! Results of other modules – Cinematography and Storytelling being OK, let me talk about the amazing world of animation…

The last semester was very interesting as well as challenging working for this module as we have been introduced to the production of 2 types of videos: Stop – Motion Animation and 3D Animation. For Stop-motion animation, one has to be very patient to take the several photographs which are then to be assembled in a video editing software.

As part of assignment, we had to produce a stop motion animation to market a product. The video should be accompanied by the appropriate jingle/music and should be marketing-oriented in order to convince consumers to buy the product, which is an innovative one and newly being launched in the Mauritian market.

Interesting…We did on ‘Marchand de Sable’ – Torti Dodo, the product being a small electronic device, when switched on displays a cool ambience in the room of the baby, so that the latter can go to sleep quietly…

The next series of tutorials were on Blender 3D animation.

In Blender, learning all the shortcuts was daunting but in the end, it proved helpful to quickly proceed with the sculpting of objects (cube etc.)

blender animation

The final exams were on developing a 3D cube world and a moving camera around this world. The animation should last for about 30 Seconds, accompanied with a matching music.

I personally like the Open Source software Blender, as you can do the work with it! of course it require years of practice and experience. Some interesting sites linked to blender are:

http://www.blendernation.com/, http://www.blenderguru.com/ etc.

In Mauritius there is Avarts Arts Studio that produce Professional 3D animations and as well as courses in it..

One can render awesome graphics with Blender: http://www.blenderguru.com/articles/top-20-blender-artworks-from-2013/#.U_Wn-fmSxBQ

 

One of the discussions in class that we had is that the Industry of Cinema is using more of 3D Animation technology for many reasons, the most obvious one being Cost. The lecturer argued that more films will use actors plugged with sensor, whereby their movements are captured to produce movements on screen for the 3D character.

To conlude, I would say that CGI artists working in the film industry / graphics industry are more in demand. In Mauritius, there is AUTO-CAD being used for modelling purposes. for eg. Xworks (moka) is reputed for generated 3D models of real estates http://www.xworx.com

xworx-mauritius

IT Personality Awards 2014

Hello friends,

Now is the time to apply for the IT Personality Awards 2014, organised by the British Computer Society (Mauritius) Section. The full advert is on the website as follows:

http://www.bcsmru.bcs.org/Mauritius%20Section/IT%20Award%202014.html

bcs-mauritius-it-award-2014

 

Here are some of my previous posts on BCS IT Awards: http://asheshr.com/?s=bcs+it+award&submit=Search

Mauritian Theatre – In the Press this week

Hello friends,

When we were in India performing during theatre festival, I still remember journalists of the Indian press used to come interview the director and then take group photo etc. We would then follow the publication of the article. I still remember my first interview before a journalist when playing the role of ‘Moulshankar’ in Swami Dayanand Saraswatee – and the funny anecdote about me needing to give my interview again because the cameraman had a technical problem!!

 

Last year also (2013), was in the press concerning Mauritian Theatre. Some links as follows:

Our interview in Bol Bandhu – Part 1 – I realise that Part 2 was never broadcasted given that end of year programmes were scheduled.

Bol Bandhu is a programme featuring on the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation’s channel – Bhojpuri Channel.

 

Natak Nahin – au-dessus du lot (in French language, Weekend newspaper)

natak-nahin-weekend

Journalist V.J seems to take the competitors arguments as they cannot digest the Adjucating panel’s decisions. The biggest frustrating part is that competitor was confused about names of the actors.

Spotlight on media coverage on Mauritian Theatre this year in the recent weeks..

media-coverage

 

The defi media group covered two full page articles in which I am featured. Both links are as follows:

English Drama Competition : Un conflit d’intérêts allégué (in French language, a featured article).

Journalist R.S. published her report in the daily newspaper ‘le defi quotidien’ which sells around 80,000 copies per day approximately.

An article by the competitor group who apparently cannot digest the Adjucating panel’s decisions.

 

and the second article entitled:

Ashesh Ramjeeawon : The born actor (in English language)

Journalist N.F’s article was published on News on Sunday, where i was featured on the front page also.

 

In Mauritius, I have noticed there is not an evolution in the field of theatre. In fact I am very surprised that participating group(s) have made it a tradition to produce to the authorities complaint letters to contest jury’s decisions. The zeal of competition should be improved to create a healthy atmosphere and not a warzone. I have spent 2 years of my life competing for state scholarship and I have been through the competition present in our education system. There were also these college days when I was competing to come first in Computer Studies, nevertheless I had great respect and admiration for equally talented/brillant computer geek in other class.

I firmly believe that the Mauritian Public should be given an opportunity to view the Drama finals on TV (Live) and an award kept for the Best Play voted the majority of the audience. (if technically possible, in this mordernised world of technology). Competition does not necessary lead to a healthy promotion of arts or to the subject, instead can lead to different harmful/annoying events as Human beings are fraught by ego, revenge, jealousy etc.

 

After my come back in theatre world in 2013, I didn’t expect to touch success after a long time of hibernation from the theatre world. I had set foot back in the backstage after a long time, had even forgot how the prize giving ceremony in the finals was revamped! However, I always had an inner voice telling me to be back on stage if one day time and situation permits.

As I said in my news on sunday interview, I dream of Short Films/Documentary productions for the TV/mass media as I believe this could be a source of attracting more artists into this field. From a form of hobby, why not an income generating industry in mauritius employing many artists and technicians as well. Mauritian Cinema has never taken off and will never take off. IMHO, regular participants in theatre festivals should be invited to studio for recording of their plays after the script has been properly converted in screenplay. This will result in a boom of local productions which the Bhojpuri/Senn Kreole and other channels could schedule in their playlist.

I am inspired from this way of thinking from famous actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Bedi, Nawazuddin siddiqui, Naseerudin Shah, Irfan Khan etc..who made their debut in theatre and today have been able pave a successful career in the film industry/bollywood. Very encouragingly some are still active in Theatre:

shah

Am I dreaming too much? Let me dream, till now I am a free man living in a democratic country :)