ASIFA India braces for power-packed three-day International Animation Day celebrations

ASIFA India has announced the details of their power-packed programs running for three days between 26-28 October to mark the celebrations of International Animation Day 2021. Legends of animation, games and VFX will give masterclasses on topics ranging from traditional art techniques to cutting edge technology, and there will be a case study of the Oscar-winning film, Tenet. 

Animation lovers can join the online sessions and get inspired as the events are free. 

ASIFA India, spearheaded by  ‘Vani’ Saraswathi Balgam and led with heart by an amazing team of Sanjay Khimesara, Sesha Prasad, Ramakrishnan Vinod, Siva Kasetti , Ramakrishna Polina and Priyanka Ajit, is celebrating its 22 years.

ASIFA India’s program details for each day is given below:

26 October– Unreal fellow and tech evangelist at Epic Games Arvind Neelakantan will open up the world of real time pipelines for animation using Unreal Engine. Neelakantan has been in the games and animation industry for 13 years with industry leading studios such as The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon and Unity. He excels in making the technically complex accessible to artists. We can look forward to a fun session. 

27 October– DNEG India VFX head Jigesh Gajjar will present a case study of the 2021 Oscar winning film for outstanding VFX, Tenet. He will go behind the scenes with a 40 minute in-depth discussion about how DNEG pulled off the incredibly complex effects for Christopher Nolan’s ambitious film. In his career spanning 18 years Gajjar has worked on Oscar-winning films such as Life of Pi, Blade Runner 2049, and First Man

28 October– ASIFA India’s flagship event, International Animation Day, will honour the foundations of art with a special program, for the first time in India, by legendary artist Glenn Vilppu. In the 90 minute session there will be the rare opportunity to witness Vilppu at work with a live demo. He is a master of drawing for classical animation and has trained artists at studios such as Disney and Marvel for over 50 years. Vilppu’s numerous books and videos are used by universities and art schools around the world. The event will be followed by a raffle where a few lucky fans can win a book signed by the legend himself.

ASIFA International is the oldest global organisation that supports animation and a commitment to the welfare of art, creativity and the artist. 

The past year and a half has been challenging and events like this keeps us all connected and supports the growth of artists and advancements in art and technology in India. The event’s sponsors – Unreal Engine, Creative Multimedia, DNEG, IACG, Dancing Atoms and Arena Animation, are all committed to this positive momentum.

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