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Anybody can learn Drawing in 5 Days!!!

I remember in my school days there used to be a guy named Alam Munim. He used to draw so well. All in the class used to see his drawing and enjoy!! Leaving couple more including me, none of other students could ever put down a presentable drawing. Even the toppers were nowhere in this respect even after lot of effort.

This has really been a mystery why some people find it so difficult to draw what they can see right in front of them and others are able to do so quite effortlessly. After some amount of effort those who are unable to come out with satisfactory drawing just give it up for whole of their life finalizing an assumption that they just cant draw.

We experienced similar instances during our long journey of creative education in the last 16 years. Noticed similar blocks that students faced who couldn’t draw. Setting out in research we were lucky enough to come across researches by Psychobiologist Roger W. Sperry’s and Art scholar Betty Edwards.

Most wondrous was the fact that there are two basic modes of thinking – one is Left Brain Mode (verbal, analytic and sequential) and other is Right Brain Mode (visual, perceptual and simultaneous). Howsoever intelligent a person could be with his/her left brain, unless a person switches to Right brain mode he cannot perform many creative activities, Drawing being the prime among those.

This theory gave the short cut exercises to Drawing skills and incidentally also to the creative mode of thinking.

The result is a magical workshop that we deliver to students. Within a short span of 5 days any person starts drawing. Just have a look at before and after drawings of students -

Betty Edwards' Before After Drawings

Would have been such a great gift to all my class mates :)

Expert Speaks: Lets jump to Acting Shot!!

Shooting was going on at full swing in a small village near Pune for a small budget movie. One supporting actor needed for the forth coming scene to be shot at this location could not be cast till now. Director could be seen bouncing on phone, may be calling his casting director.

Near evening, jeep of the casting director flooded into the sets. He comes out and announces “Found the actor!!”. All eyes on the Jeep. He opens his rear door and guides out a skinny guy. Director wore a smile of relief. The guy tries to come towards the Director, but stumbles, staggers, limps badly, falls down two three times, his hands moved totally uncoordinated. Director and whole of the team zero in at the casting director. Casting director answers,”No worries. He is just learning to walk, move, understand gravity, his weight, coordination of his arms when walking etc etc. I will train him in the night and he will be ready for acting out the shot in the morning.”

Amm..I’m sorry the above story was not true, but I think I got the idea right. Animator cannot put his character to the acting shot, unless his character learns all body mechanics, weight, play of forces in the body, gravity, walking, moving. Unless moving the body believably becomes his(animators and his character’s) second nature.

Although very tempting, animation student should never try jumping to acting shots, unless he is able to get his body mechanics accurate. Any good character animation training program will have loads of exercises teaching body mechanics before starting acting shots.

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Many studios while hiring freshers are more interested in checking if the applicant can get body mechanics right instead of giving them any acting shot during recruitment. Because it is possible for the Director to teach acting to an actor, but it seems bit difficult for the Director to teach the actor body mechanics, especially in one night ;)

Bye for now!! Keep Animating!!!

Arena Chandigarh announces Season II for BSc Degree

Arena Chandigarh has declared open admissions for BSc (multimedia and Animation) offered through Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Chennai.

It is taking admission in 2 categories. Students with Classical Animation skills can opt for the special select batch being trained to work on classical animation projects. Theses students would be assessed on their sketching skills (portfolio), personal interview and a creative aptitude test. Those students who pass the test and enrol, would be  trained in classical animation alongside their BSc Degree.

This is a unique proposition in which students with lesser skills have just one batch to take admission in. This is in line with the chandigarh centre management’s vision to give higher inputs in classical animation to a suitable qualified student. The aim is to create a student who is eligible to apply in some of the best studios of the world (those who have entry barriers for students without the classical animation skills).

The Chandigarh Centre has recently won Awards for Academic Excellence for the 3rd time in a row. Similarly, the chandigarh centre also won awards for overall Growth, Billing and Collections for 2009.

A fullday Hotline has been setup for outstation BSc Applicants – they can call +91-9872546753 to discuss their options and get Free career advice. Local candidates can walk in for a Free Career Counselling Session. You can call +91-172-2712812 to take a Free Appointment with the Career Counsellor.

Arena Chandigarh wins Academics Excellence Award 3 times in a row!

Students and Faculty Celebrates Awards for Academic Excellence

Students and Faculty Celebrates Awards for Academic Excellence

Arena Chandigarh wins Academics Excellence Award 3 times in a row!

Arena Chandigarh Sec 17 Centre Management and Academic Team was today praised for it’s consistent Academics Achievements during 2007, 2008 and 2009 for which it was adjudged as the Best in North India, spanning the states of J&K, Himachal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttarpradesh and New Delhi. It was presented with an award during the Arena Awards Nite at New Delhi today to honour it’s achievements in the field of Academic Excellence in 2008.

The Team that achieved this included Parminder Singh, Bikramjeet Singh, Hazrat Ali, Sushree Sunita Das, Rosa Hernandez, Aayush Chopra, and S. Vijay Kumar. This is in continuance of the recent Batch Toppers that emerged from this centre. Slowly but surely, Arena Chandigarh Centre has become a prime centre of academic excellence and various students have opted to cross the entire country to enroll at this centre.With students coming from as far as Bangalore, Jaipur, Dehradun, Nainital, Delhi besides towns and cities of Punjab (Rajpura, Bhatinda, Moga, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur, Amritsar) Himachal (Shimla, Mandi, Solan, Kulu Manali, Nahan, Dharamshala, Dalhousie) and Haryana (Ambala, Jagadari, Yamuna Nagar, Narwana, Kaithal).

Chandigarh clocks all India highest growth during 2009

Arena Awards for Overall Growth in 2009

Arena Awards for Overall Growth in 2009

Arena Chandigarh clocked the highest growth rate all across India and became the only centre across the country to have a 1 on 1 growth rate. The astounding growth of over 100% was achieved due to the high academic standards (for which it was again given an award) as well as student growth centric approach. The overall system is designed to allow talent to achieve their best with inputs from the experts from time to time. The Centre won separate awards for billing, collection and growth during 2009.

The Centre within just one year has become the main destination of students seeking the BSc Degree in multimedia and animation. The valuable additions made by Arena Chandigarh to the course have been instrumental in raising the standard of the students above the normal animation students. This years students worked on movies, research, acting, and attended seminars to improve their worth.

With students coming from as far as Bangalore, Jaipur, Dehradun, Nainital, Delhi besides towns and cities of Punjab (Rajpura, Bhatinda, Moga, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur, Amritsar) Himachal (Shimla, Mandi, Solan, Kulu Manali, Nahan, Dharamshala, Dalhousie) and Haryana (Ambala, Jagadari, Yamuna Nagar, Narwana, Kaithal).

Arena Chandigarh Awarded by Shiksha.com
Students celebrate Awards

Students celebrate Awards

Arena Chandigarh added one more feather to it’s cap by becoming the Highest Contributor for Career Advice on the shiksha.com website. For this Shiksha has awarded them a Cup and the title of “Star Contributor”. It is already a Lead Avisor on the website.

The Chandigarh Centre has also won Awards for Academic Excellence for the 3rd time in a row. Similarly, the chandigarh centre also won awards for overall Growth, Billing and Collections for 2009.

Arena Expert delivers Animation Seminar to CCET Engineers
SEMINAR ON ANIMATION INDUSTRY FOR ENGINEERS

SEMINAR ON ANIMATION INDUSTRY FOR ENGINEERS

A special talk was organised today by authorities of CCET (Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology), sector 26,  wherein 3D animation technical expert, Mr. Parminder Singh from Arena Animation, Sector 17 was invited to guide budding engineers.

The talk was targeted to give insight into the animation industry and elaborate on what all career options are there for engineers in this upcoming and futuristic industry.

“There used to be an industry called Commercial Art. There used to be an industry called Engineering/Technology. The industry where these two Mega streams meet is called Animation.”, summed up Parminder.

Students were glad to know that animation industry is not about graphic art alone. The backbone of this industry is engineering and looking at the demand-supply curve this is one of the most lucrative job option for them.

Arena Chandigarh student wins at Creative Minds

Arena Chandigarh AAASP student, Ankush Thakur won the Award for the Best Entry in the Web Portal Category at the Annual Creative Minds 2009 competition at New Delhi for his submission titled “Teen Channel”. He had created a website aim at Teenagers with the content covering all areas of interest to the teenagers. He was competing against 50 other Arena Centres of North India.

The function details were:

Creative Minds

Date – 19th November’09

Time – 11:00 Hrs Onwards

Venue :

Kamani Auditorium

No. 1, Copernicus Marg

New Delhi – 110001

Land Mark – Near Mandi House Metro St.

Faculty Seminar / Creative Guru

Date – 20th November’09

Time – 9:00 Hrs onwards

Venue :

Jamia Humdard Convention Centre

Humdard Nagar

Near Tara Apartment

New Delhi – 62

Land Mark – Near Sangam Vihar

Placement Expo

Date – 21st November’09

Time – 10:00 Hrs

Venue :

Shankar Lal Concert Hall

Faculty of Music & Fine Arts

Delhi University, Mall Road

New Delhi

Land Mark – Near Vishwa Vidalaya Metro St.

Arena Chandigarh Time Capsule 2008-09

During the year 2008-2009, Arena Chandigarh reached many new milestones and set higher benchmarks. Some of the notable achievements were:

Arena Chandigarh student is All-India DAE Topper

S. Vijay Kumar, one of the students of Arena Chandigarh, was adjudged the All-India DAE Topper for 2008

S. Vijay Kumar, one of the students of Arena Chandigarh, was adjudged the All-India DAE Topper for 2008

Hailing from Lamdeng in Imphal, Son of a Government Employee, Soubam Vijay Kumar from ARENA Chandigarh Centre has been declared as the best DAE Student for the year 2008. vijay kumar dae topper 2008 arena chandigarh panchkula mohali new delhi north india arena multimedia animation learning education training centre center school institute college diploma 2d 3d maya 3dsmax toonboom studio TBS soloChandigarh was one of the first Arena centres to have launched the high-end DAE curriculum way back in 2005. During this period, Arena Chandigarh has produced some very fine artists who have joined the industry in India and Abroad.vijay kumar dae topper 2008 arena chandigarh panchkula mohali new delhi north india arena multimedia animation learning education training centre center school institute college diploma 2d 3d maya 3dsmax toonboom studio TBS solo

The best DAE student Award is declared based on the overall weighted marks (minimum being 75%), which is taken into consideration for deciding the DAE Certificate Grade.

Vijay had come all the way from Lamdeng, Imphal (West District), with only one vision in his mind – to pursue animation education at Arena Chandigarh 17. He says,”Way back in 2005, when DAE course was just launched, I had come to know that it was being offered only through Chandigarh and Chennai centres. I opted for Chandigarh since I was sure that I would get more personal attention here – as animation is new in North India.”

Vijay is the son of Soubam Kulabi Singh, who is Manager, Loktak Power Station, N.H.P.C.

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