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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 -
Would have been such a great gift to all my class mates
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.
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 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 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:
Date – 19th November’09
Time – 11:00 Hrs Onwards
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
Jamia Humdard Convention Centre
Near Tara Apartment
New Delhi – 62
Land Mark – Near Sangam Vihar
Date – 21st November’09
Time – 10:00 Hrs
Shankar Lal Concert Hall
Faculty of Music & Fine Arts
Delhi University, Mall Road
Land Mark – Near Vishwa Vidalaya Metro St.
During the year 2008-2009, Arena Chandigarh reached many new milestones and set higher benchmarks. Some of the notable achievements were:
- Arena offers BSc (Multimedia and Animation) with MSU University
- Academics Achievement Award (North India Zone) Winner
- Student from Imphal studying at Chandigarh Centre is All-India DAE Topper 2008
- Chandigarh student tops North India AAASP Sem I
- Placement Workshop by International HR Professional faculty from Poland
- Placement Drive at Spice VAS
- Appointed Adjudicator at all major Government College Fests
- Celebrated ASIFA international animation with talent building activities
- Faculty prepares Barack Obama Inauguration Speech Animation launched onYoutube
- 12th Annual Function held at Government Museum
- Arena Chandigarh holds 3 Day Workshop at IIT Roorkee
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. Chandigarh 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.
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.