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

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ pays tribute to Jack Kirby’s centurion birthday with a new poster
10:00 pm PDT 29/08/2017 By Sachin Bhat

Come November, and the God of Thunder will hammer his way into cinemas in what promises to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. As the promotion wheels of Thor: Ragnarok are gaining more momentum by the day, here’s yet another poster from the makers commercialising the upcoming Marvel epic through a homage to Jack Kirby. In an effort to remember him on his hundredth birthday, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige tweeted a new, rustic poster of the … Read More

Disney’s Simran Sethi to lead Netflix’s Indian content
1:48 pm PDT 26/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix is plumping up on executives of Indian origin as it continues to build its content catalogue targeted at the 1.3 billion strong population nation. Amongst the first to be hired for India was former Star TV-exec-turned-independent film producer, Swati Shetty, who has been shuttling between Los Angeles and India. The latest to be recruited is experienced programming executive from traditional media, Freeform’s SVP scripted development Simran Sethi. Sethi has left the Disney-owned network Freeform (earlier ABC Family) to join … Read More

Turkish colourist Metin Okutay joins Nube Studio, feels India would be a “colourful” experience
2:09 pm PDT 21/08/2017 By Sachin Bhat

Turkish colourist Metin Okutay has recently joined colourist based company, Nube Studio that is located in Khar,Mumbai. He is the latest international talent entrant in their admirable roster. Okutay has worked for six years in his native Istanbul. And now he found his way to the colour team of Nube where he anticipates working on various Indian projects. Animation Xpress caught up with the Turkish talent, who talks about his journey as a colourist, experience of working in Turkey and … Read More

Creative couple Sohini Mitra and Abhishek De unravel the phenomenal journey of “Avant Garde Films”
9:40 pm PDT 15/08/2017 By Swati Panda

  Welcome to Avant Garde films, a creative boutique company operating successfully in the digital and media space which continues to make huge strides. Barely four and a half years into operation, it already boasts of a glittering portfolio having worked with some stellar names of the industry. It boasts  of advertisement production with the likes of Idee Eyewear (Alia, Varun, Sidharth), UNICEF Fair Start promoted by Priyanka Chopra, Image Eyewear starring Saif Ali Khan and Esha Gupta, Welspun Hygro … Read More

MergerTech CEO Nitin Khanna is on a mission to change the eco-system as a whole
5:01 pm PDT 14/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Seasia Infotech recently announced their collaboration with MergerTech CEO Nitin Khanna to set up a “Centre Of Excellence” in a move to leverage the start up ecosystem of India. The initiative allows startups to avail the workspace of Seasia Infotech to work and learn at no additional cost. Moreover, the CoE also guarantees financial support to these startups. Animation Xpress got in touch with MergerTech CEO Nitin Khanna, who provides further information on this landmark movement. Can you tell us … Read More

Indiagames founder Vishal Gondal is back, this time with a podcast series
6:00 pm PDT 10/08/2017 By Krishanu Ghosal

Vishal Gondal has been a known personality in the Indian gaming circuit. Being the founder of ‘Indiagames’, one of the most noted gaming companies India has seen, he created a name for himself as a polished veteran in the industry. He departed from the Indian gaming scene in 2012 after Disney acquired Indiagames for $100 million. Post Indiagames, he has been working towards his wearable, fitness brand, ‘Goqii’ and he showed interest in coming back to the gaming scene when … Read More

Writing duo Pamela Hickey and Dennys McCoy join US branch of Green Gold
6:00 pm PDT 10/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Green Gold has brought on board veteran kids’ toon writers Pamela Hickey and Dennys McCoy to run the story department of its US branch. The dual appointments were announced on 9 August 2017 by Green Gold USA VP and operations head Marc Lumer. Hickey and McCoy will oversee writing and story duties for every aspect of the company’s production business and will review the current and future projects by and for the company. “We will be looking for creating and … Read More

Tinkle comics editor Rajani Thindiath delivers a spectacular Ted Talk on changing children and evolving comics
1:04 pm PDT 03/08/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Rajani Thindiath who is currently the Editor-in-Chief for Tinkle comics at Amar Chitra Katha and also a storyteller, comics writer, character and creative content developer recently gave a spectacular Ted Talk on how children have changed with the times and how comics is trying to keep up with that change. She posted in her linkedin account. “From Malgudi Days on Doordarshan to Avatar and Avengers in 3D, a short talk I had given at #TEDx #SIESCASC, exploring how stories evolve to … Read More

First anniversary gift for 88 Pictures: Philippe Gluckman to take charge as chief creative officer
6:30 pm PDT 28/07/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

With every anniversary, the team at Mumbai-based 88 Pictures believes in achieving a newer milestone. And they just did their first with a bang by bringing animation industry veteran Philippe Gluckman as a chief creative officer on board. Gluckman has been the creative director for DreamWorks Dedicated Unit India, a position he has occupied since relocating to India in October 2008. Having been in the animation industry for more than two decades, he has worked on animated features like Boss … Read More