Abhijeet Kini: You never know what opportunities may knock at your door
4:00 pm PDT 11/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

A lot of people come up to me today and ask, “Why and how did you get into comics,” and every single time I answer this question, I’m thinking, “What can I possibly tell them that’ll make this choice sound earth-shatteringly different?” And almost always, it is the usual cliche, “You know, this is entirely driven by passion and so I’m in this full time.” Part of that is true, the rest is upto the person who is into it. … Read More

Legendary comics writer and editor Len Wein passes away
2:30 pm PDT 11/09/2017 By Sachin Bhat

The comics fraternity drowned in a sea of sorrow as award-winning comic writer and editor Len Wein passed away yesterday, 10 September 2017 at the age of 69. Best known for co-creating Swamp Thing of DC Comics and also the Wolverine of Marvel, Wein left for heavenly gates on Sunday afternoon as the news triggered an avalanche of tributes from the comic industry. Wein, who was also the editor for Watchmen, started his career with Teen Titans #18 in 1968 … Read More

DHX media appoints industry veteran Jerry Diaz as new VP distribution
6:45 pm PDT 09/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

DHX Media Ltd has  announced the appointment of Jerry Diaz as VP Distribution. In this role, Diaz will have direct responsibility for managing the global sales and distribution business at DHX Media, and will report to Josh Scherba, EVP, Content and Distribution, who holds overall responsibility for creating and selling winning kids’ and family content for the company. Bringing more than three decades of experience, Jerry Diaz is a veteran of the global content distribution business. He joins DHX Media after … Read More

Eric Combrie promoted as COO of Deluxe Method Studios
5:30 pm PDT 09/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Deluxe’s Method Studios has added three new global leadership roles: Eric Combrié has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Tom Wild has been promoted to VP of Global Production Operations, and Jeff Werner returns to Method as Director of Digital Studio in Los Angeles. The new positions greater enable the production capacity and capabilities required of blockbuster features and world-class advertising. To enable the global production capacity and capabilities that blockbuster features and world-class advertising require, Deluxe’s Method Studios continues to integrate VFX … Read More

Anando Banerjee: Five things successful game artists do
4:00 pm PDT 08/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Over the course of the 20 years during which I’ve been in game and game art development, I have had the opportunity to observe closely the careers of many talented artists. Of the artists who started their careers 15 or even 20 years ago, some have achieved great success. They are art directors in game art or game development studios and have a great body of work behind them. Many others, though, who started their careers at about the same … Read More

Behram Patel: A VR-AR guide to students and professionals
7:32 pm PDT 06/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The re-beginning Virtual reality as a technology has been around for a few decades. Once you start researching the history of VR, you realise you’re a part of something transformational and fascinating. As an educator, it is prudent to know one’s place in the grand scheme of things and endeavour to contribute towards VR, AR, AI education in a way that makes a positive impact on the technology and ultimately humanity. I distinctly remember when I started to become curious … Read More

Shajan Shamuel: Teachers are the answer for India’s sustainable poverty reduction
5:16 pm PDT 05/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Teachers are or should be, the biggest influence on their impressionable charges, at least after the parents. Their impact on young lives is profound and long lasting. They shape the character, curiosity level and intellectual potential of their students . In other words, they help shape our society. India is in a skill emergency (50 per cent of the 300 million children enrolled in school won’t finish secondary school) and out of the 14 million students studying in 26,500 institutes … Read More

Srinivas Vasanthala : Animation is a journey by choice and not by chance
5:15 pm PDT 05/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

That’s why fulfilling student expectations, delivering quality curriculum and nurturing them into being well trained professionals is my single priority as a training professional. I stepped into the animation industry in the year 1997 after graduating from Osmania University when animation in India was getting noticed. I learnt advanced 3D animation in Mumbai and was exposed to the wonderful world of animation and the possibilities that exist. During my training I realised my calling in life – to train others, … Read More

Philippe Gluckman shares his vision for 88 Pictures; says Mumbai has a different energy
5:00 pm PDT 05/09/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

If you meet this man in person, you will not fail to notice his cheerfulness, humility and unadulterated enthusiasm. He has this smile on his face that is warm and welcoming, and very soon, you see yourself talking to him ever so comfortably. Ever since DreamWorks Dedicated Unit (DDU) closed down, staying in India and continuing work has been most important for animation industry veteran Philippe Gluckman. Delivering high quality work and developing a team of artists who can do … Read More

P. Jayakumar : A perspective on the changing scenario in animation
11:00 am PDT 05/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

At Toonz, we practice the modern day ‘Gurukula’ system of training. In Sanskrit language, Guru means teacher or master whereas Kula stands for extended family. Here we have our family consisting of experts and professionals from the industry directly interacting with our students. Training here provides skills, attitude and knowledge. Today’s skill-based education offers only learning through books/tools while the faculties lack in professional practice. However, students learn more through experience, which is lacking in our present day training scenario. The characteristics of skills, attitude … Read More

Bot VFX ropes in compositor extraordinaire Zameer Hussain as creative head
11:00 am PDT 04/09/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Bot VFX, a privately held visual effects services company based in the US with a production operation in Chennai, recently welcomed Zameer Hussain into the Bot family as its creative head and more informally, as its creative evangelist. He joins the Bot from MPC, where he most recently served as 2D supervisor. Zameer, a well regarded mentor to many in the VFX community in India, has supervised and worked on countless franchise films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, X-Men: Apocalypse, Ant-Man and most recently, The … Read More

These young animators are all set to fly high!
4:00 pm PDT 30/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The Paris International Film Festival 2017 is almost here, and these prodigious, young animation talents from Toon Club Mumbai will put India on the global animation map. Their films have been selected for the annual festival and will be gunning for the top honours. Animation Xpress got in touch with Ruchee Ajwani (grade seven student of Ecole Mondiale in 2016), Tavishi Kapoor (a student of Cartoon Walk program at American School of Bombay and Toon’in on Saturdays Program at Toon … Read More