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.)
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:
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