THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: To create awareness on the possibilities of animation in different fields, and to make participants understand the techniques behind the making of cartoons and movies, Toonz Animation India is conducting ‘Animation Safari’, a three-day programme at the Toonz Studio, Technopark, commencing on Monday, to be held from 9 am to 5 pm. It is for the first time that the academy is organising a programme of such a kind.
The programme is open for students who are 15 years of age and above or students from tenth standard onwards.
The session, titled ‘The journey of a story through animation production’, aims to target students who wish to step into animation and also for those who have no clue about it, but keen on knowing about it.
“Vinod A S, Head of 3D at Toonz Academy, will be introducing and giving a clear picture on the techniques of making an animation movie for a duration of 40 minutes. Following which, the students will be taken to the studio for familiarising them with the pre-production, production and post-production processes of animation,’’ says Vijay Kumar, Director of Operations at Toonz Animation Studio.
At the studio, there are departments specialising in their own fields of expertise. For the making of an animation video, the first job is with the designers; then with the rigging department which gives life to the cartoon figures, to the legs and hands.
Texturing department does the beautification work of clothing and skin texture; the animation department takes charge of the acting, walking and other movements of the characters; the lighting department sets up the appropriate light depending on the requirements; the composing department compiles all of it together and finally the editing is done and also mixing of music with the videos. All these departments will be shown to the participants.
There will also be an interesting and interactive case study session based on ‘Avatar’ and Toonz’s home-produced ‘Jil Jil Genie’, an animated TV series which has been aired on Cartoon Network and POGO. A few aspirant students will be chosen for their diploma course in animation which will be helpful in the making of a strong base for a beginner.
“We undertake projects from abroad. Presently, we have been asked to make a short film for the kindergarten children in the UK. The production of the film has started. ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ will be an animation movie having 14 episodes in all, each episode of about two minutes,” says Vijay.
The participants who have registered for the ‘Safari’ would be divided into batches.
Each batch having 30-40 students will have a three-hour session. The programme goes on till April 4.