Date : 24th July, 2023
Venue : Savitribai Phule Auditorium
Aptech – Perspective Event held a three-hour session for all Arena Animation Pune students on July 24, 2023 at Savitribai Phule Auditorium.Mr. Anirban Das (Head of VFX, Redefine, Pune) and Mr. Sougato Majumder (Character Art Lead,Avalon,Pune) led the session.
The event was attended by over 300 students and professors from all Arena Animation institutes in Pune.
Description about the Event:
The entire event was co-ordinated and managed by Aptech.
→ The event’s host opened it with a brief introduction of Arena Animation. Mr. Vishal Mehra, Mr. Tarun Narula, and all of the directors of the Arena Animation Institute performed the ceremonial lighting of the first Diya. Mr. Vishal Mehra gave a short welcome speech for all the students.
→ The first speaker, Mr. Anirban Das (Head of VFX, Redefine, Pune), began by briefly introducing himself and engaging the audience. He emphasized to the students the importance of learning the basics of each department before concentrating on one in particular. Redefine, which is a subsidiary of DNEG Group, had information shared about it. ReDefine brings a fresh and dynamic approach to the art of Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation for film, episodic and multiplatform content. Displayed every honour won by Dneg, such as Primetime Emmy Award, VES Award, BAFTA Award, Academy Award, AIS Lumiere Award and many more. Showed their offices all around the world and how robust their pipelines are for huge projects that anyone from any office can access. Displayed all of their most recent work, including trailers for GLASS ONION, HALO, RRR, and BRAHMASTRA. Stated that the showreel shouldn’t be longer than two minutes. He answered several questions from the audience, and his tagline was “CREATIVITY HAS NO LIMITS.”
→The Event host showed National Student Meet Video and mentioned that we will be having this meet again in 2023.
→ Last Speaker was Mr. Sougato Majumder (Character Art Lead,Avalon,Pune), He spoke briefly about himself and chatted with students about gaming. Shared the significance of gathering references, following the art style, doing research on the genre of the art style, brainstorming and randomly improvising on the selected art genre, creating the moodboard for the asset selected, emphasizing on the essence of story-telling through your art and conducting study on the art style’s genre.
Below are the pointer on which he discussed in detail:
- Importance of Designing : Emphasizing and giving importance to designing while creating the high poly of any character, going beyond the concept and improvising the concept, improve and grill your mental library, brainstorming on the design, preparing the block out and a strong pre-production!!
- Detailing and balancing the details: First we block out the character, and then we move on to detailing, major focus on volumes and proportion, detailing the character wisely, silhouettes, avoiding unnecessary details, do not overcrowd or over do with the character, do not rush, take breaks to look at you art in a fresh eye, accept feedbacks (constructive ones), challenge yourself and do not compromise.
- Difference between working in A Studio and working on your personal art: Working in a studio is like having a deadline, time constraint, project constraints, pipeline restrictions, application of new techniques and methods and helps you to enhance your skill and speed. whereas working on your personal art will have no deadline, proper utilization of time, exploitation of your own expertise, no strict pipeline to follow, until you update yourself to new techniques, you will get stagnant and helps you to keep your skill expertise and creative portal charged
- To prepare yourself for your career: Focus, learning anatomy is a must for a character artist, watch good movies, read new books, comics, graphic novels, discuss new ideas and concepts, observe, be ready to learn new tools, techniques and methodologies, be humble, stay up to date, work-hard, main aim is to build a creative and strong portfolio, look out for inspirations, be patient, disciplined & practice, practice and practice!
→In the last a group photo was taken of all speakers, directors of Aptech and directors of all Arena Animation Center.