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New Age Animation Courses

New Age Animation Courses

Animation came in to our life like a fresh breeze of air adding more life to our make believe world. In todays fast changing times the animation sector is getting updated at quick succession resulting in introduction of many new courses pertaining to the animation domain. Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, the pioneer in imparting professional animation courses in India has been updating its curriculum at regular intervals. Heres a lowdown on some of the new training programmes that have been added to the galaxy of Maya animation courses in India.
Degree Programme in 3D Animation and Visual Effects
Digital Film Making courses
Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation
First time in India a degree programme has been offered in the field of 3 D Animation and Visual Effects. The course is affiliated to Indira Gandhi National Open University. Introduction of this programme will add more impetus to the revolution in the field of animation and graphics which India is witnessing right now. A comprehensive course like BA would encompass all the topics that are part of this domain like camera, lighting of digital images, Fusion, Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Autodesk Maya.
The Digital Film Making Courses are of different types that are being offered in MAYA. The courses would train the students of MAYA on animation film making of every length. The curriculum would enlighten students on camera, lighting and compositing techniques. Last but not the least is the Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation. The Advanced Diploma is again of two types one that caters to experts and another that helps in enhancing the knowledge of professionals. Diploma in 3D Animation would take up some interesting topics apart from the regular ones like non-liners editing, sound editing, 3D Design and Modeling, particles and dynamics and above all character set-up.
The icing on the cake about the Maya animation courses is that it is open to all. The prospective animation artist needs to be 10+2 paas-out and have to clear the Maya aptitude exam. It is a wind of change knocking at your door, flow with it and be a part of the revolution.

Venezia E La Festa Del Cinema

Venezia E La Festa Del Cinema

Quest’anno, 2013, il festival del Cinema di Venezia festeggia la sua settantesima edizione, con un programma ricco di sorprese e proiezioni affascinanti.
La presentazione stata fatta in grande stile considerata la ricorrenza, con la direzione sapiente di Andrea Barbera.
Tra le novit pi importanti di questa edizione, che vedr Bernardo Bertolucci presidente della giuria per i film nella categoria In concorso, c quella che si chiama Venezia 70 Future Reloaded.
Gli addetti ai lavori hanno chiesto a 70 registi di tutto il mondo di realizzare un cortometraggio tra i 60 e i 90 secondi, in totale libert creativa. Tali cortometraggi saranno poi proiettati durante la mostra e resi disponibili in rete a competizione conclusa.
I generi che saranno presenti alla Mostra spaziano dallhorror (come la produzione australiana di Wolf Creek 2) al documentario, dal film danimazione (uno su tutti, Kaze Tachinu di Miyazaki) al 3D, che aprir e chiuder la manifestazione rispettivamente con Gravity (di Alfonso Cuarn, con Sandra Bullock e George Clooney) e Amazonia (di Thierry Ragobert).
I temi trattati sembrano essere influenzati dal fenomeno della crisi, non solo intesa dal punto di vista economico, che caratterizza la societ attuale. Una delle tematiche pi presenti lesplosione del nucleo familiare, la sua frammentazione, le assenze che ne segnano la sua fisionomia.
Tra i film inglesi “Philomena” di Stephen Frears, interpretato da Judi Dench; Terry Gilliam con The Zero Theorem (Christoph Waltz e Matt Damon su tutti); Under the Skin, del regista britannico Jonathan Glazer, trasposizione cinematografica dell’opera letteraria omonima dell’autore francese Michel Faber, con Scarlett Johansson che interpreta la strana protagonista.
Per gli italiani Gianni Amelio parteciper con Lintrepido, Emma Dante presenter l’opera di vocazione teatrale Via Castellana Bandiera e infine il documentario sul Grande Raccordo Anulare Sacro GRA di Gianfranco Rosi, che insieme al film americano di Errol Morris The Unkown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, costituisce una prima assoluta per il film-documentario nella categoria In Concorso.
Tanta carne al fuoco come per questo Festival del cinema a Venezia e sorprese tutte da scoprire direttamente nella magnifica citt marittima.

Vintage Bedroom Drama

Vintage Bedroom Drama

When time is at an optimum, trying to find time to do any decorating can be difficult, however if you manage to get a free weekend, you can overhaul your bedroom in one fail swoop. In one weekend you add drama to a lacklustre bedroom, create vintage look with your bedroom furniture or bring a tired room together with a change in bedding design.

The first area for a mini overhaul is to look at your wall; are they looking tired or is there wallpaper trying to escape from the wall, is there little scratches that make it look untidy. Once you have assessed what it is about your walls that needs updating you can begin to organise what you need to door, if it is a simple task such as re-sticking wall paper then this can be achieved within a few minutes, however scratches can be a bit of an eye sore.

There are a couple of solutions to this problem, you can cover them over with your bedroom furniture, and by carefully positioning your wardrobe you can hide a myriad of sins. But to get that vintage drama we are looking for, try adding a large wall stencil, or attach soft sumptuous material to a board, add a few folds and voila, you have a dramatic textured wall art.

If you are a bit of a hoarder then creating the vintage look could be fairly easy for you, especially if you have a good selection of bold jewellery or chic neck scarves, draped on half body mannequin will add appeal, plus it will be much easier to find what you are looking for. You could attach decorative coat hooks to the wall and display your necklaces or scarves.

Lace is always good for creating that vintage feel, a single panel at the window will help diffuse light and it also has the added bonus of providing privacy. If you are concerned about light shining through at night time, you can always have a roller blind behind it and drop this down at night time.

For the vintage look your bedding needs to be in a creamy gold colour, the diffused light from the window will enhance this aspect of the room. As for the bedroom furniture, you probably won’t need to spend out on major pieces, but the key is to keep the furniture light, preferably white.

Don’t forget about adding the finishing touches such as pretty mirrored boxes, floral structured candle holders, ornate pictures frames and pretty bottles of perfume.

Philip Sedgefield has been involved in interior design for many years and enjoys to write about home improvement in all areas. Currently working with Space2.com.

Leading Russian Composer And Executive Alexander Shulgin Signs To MusicDish Network

Leading Russian Composer And Executive Alexander Shulgin Signs To MusicDish Network

MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay announced the signing of leading Russian composer, performer and industry executive Alexander Shulgin to its artist development program. Shulgin has had more than 20 hit albums, including 10 Number 1 albums as co-producer, while working with such iconic artists as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov, Gruppa.fm and many others.

MusicDish will be providing representation in the North American market, including brand development, marketing, fan building and consultation on all aspects of online artist development. Specifically, MusicDish will be promoting Shulgin’s 3-album compilation “Tryptych” through its network of online assets, social networks and street teams. Featuring new music, melodies and instrumentals from the famed composer, the albums were recorded by an impressive line-up of artists including legendary drummer Billy Cobham, pianist Gary Husband, bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Paul Drew, to name a few.

About Alexander Shulgin Alexander Shulgin is a leading composer, performer and executive in the new Russian music industry, having worked with such iconic artists as Valeria, Mumiy Troll, Dima Malikov, Gruppa.fm and many others. Mr. Shulgin owns and operates Familia Entertainment, a record label, and Familia Publishing, a publishing company.

Shulgin began his career with the legendary Russian rock band The Cruise (1983-1986), which sold 20 million copies of their first album in 1985. He went on the work on a series of international projects, from “The Taiga Symphony,” a combination of Russian classic music with western rock-music performed by The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, to “Merry Christmas to the World”, another ambitious East-West collaboration between Shulgin and BBC Worldwide. Shulgin is also a composer of music for films and TV, his songs appearing in films by Lukas Moodysson and Ken Russell, the TV music serial “Primadonna” as well as all the music for the first public TV channel “Spas” for which he composed .

Websites: (Russian language)

About MusicDish, LLC Since 1997, MusicDish LLC has served as the bridge between the music industry and the artist. Through its extensive online presence, MusicDish provides artists with an edge over the ever-prevalent competition the music industry entails. MusicDish gives the artist the opportunity to take advantage of several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even a indie music video channel.

Elements Of Concert Stage Lighting

Elements Of Concert Stage Lighting

When asked to share your all-time favorite concert experience, you likely recall details such as stellar musical performance, great special effects, and a memorable venue. What you may not remember, however, is how fantastic lighting contributed to your concert experience. Though often overlooked, lighting is the single most important element in setting a concerts overall mood and tone. A great lighting designer knows how to evoke an audiences emotions and can change the tone of the concert several times throughout the show. Here are 3 ways concert lighting designers use lights to create unforgettable concerts.

Direction and Placement
Proper direction and placement of stage lights helps to direct or detract audience attention from specific stage elements. In concerts, lights are used from varying angles to hide or reveal people or objects on stage. Lighting angles come into play when creating specific effects for example, lighting that comes from behind the stage, can create beautiful shadow and silhouette effects on stage. Side lighting, however, highlights a performers shape and brings details like an instruments silhouette or a performers costume to attention. Finally, lighting a stage from various angles can create illusions of dimension. With clever lighting, dramatic shallowness or depth can be created on stage.

Color
Color is another important element of stage lighting. Overall mood and ambiance can be greatly influenced by colored lighting. Different shades and intensities can create specific effects. Red for example, conveys passion and intensity. Blue makes people feel serene and calm, yellow brings to mind positivity, and green conveys a sense of strangeness or trouble. Color can also help to establish a sense of time. Dark shades remind audiences of night, while bright yellow or orange tones bring daylight to mind.

Plot
Much like a stage play, concerts rely on lighting to tell a story. Next to music and stage design, lighting is one of the most important elements in concert design. While stage design, choreography and costumes are important visual elements that help create a plot, music and lighting add emotion and intensity. Well-executed concert lighting can effect audiences emotions and shift overall tone multiple times throughout the show. It can also be used to guide a story line, highlighting important characters and triggering action onstage.

Lighting design is essential to creating a great concert experience. Many light designers collaborate with live concert video producers to create amazing live experiences. An example of a concert video production company is Daddy Van Productions, which helps create concert memories that will last a lifetime.

Nike Cartoon Sneakers Available At Sneakerin

Nike Cartoon Sneakers Available At Sneakerin

The most well known sneaker which was took inspiration from the band Channel Zero. The Channel Zero Band is the famous Belgium band, but disbanded at 1997. Thats so sorry. Nike features this inspiration as the designing concept for the classic sneaker model, Nike Dunk High. To express the Channel Zero, the sneaker also features the channel zero which usually appeared in the TV on every Tuesday. The Dunk Channel Zero placed rainbow colorful panels at the side section of the shoes. To contrast to the colorful panel, there are the grey tips, lace panels and ankle section besides the white toe on the shoes. To begin the article, you will like the three pairs of Nike sneakers bellow.

Recently, Nike released the Spongebob Nikes dunk shoes in three styles. The first pair features whole yellow upper with white toe and midsole, while the lovely and happiness Spongebob face at the ankle strap and mid panel to attract people. And the second pair came with some blue accents at the lace panels and bubbles on the yellow upper. The Spongebob face was placed at the mid panel and blue color give the shoes more fresh feeling. And then, the third pair sports contrast color black fill up the toe box, mid panel and collar. With light grey Nike Swoosh and midsole decoration. The Spongebob face with black glasses placed at ankle strap to attract you absolutely.
In your childhood, there must also full of the cartoon characters. And this Nike Dunk features the cute hero Pikachu as the design theme of the shoes. The Pikachu is the cartoon hero of the Pokemon and was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. The Pikachu Nike Dunks features light bone color while give some contrast as the navy mid panel and collar. Besides the beige tips and Nike Swoosh, on the light blue ankle strap, the Pikachu pattern echoes the design theme of the sneaker.
Another cartoon character and famous brand character Hello Kitty would also be appeared everywhere in your childhood. Girls always collect things in Hello Kitty design as their collection to accompany their childhood, even they have grown up. Sneakerin offer several pairs of Nike SB Hello Kitty in different styles, different color scheme and different design. All the shoes came with some pink accents in the upper, and so is the Hello Kitty pattern. To give the lovely sneakers more pretty outline, there also came with some flowers and butterflies pattern on the upper.
You may enjoy collecting the Cartoon Sneakers. But now just take a trip in sneakerin, and you will find any classic sneakers in your mind here.

The Benefits Of A Home Music Studio

The Benefits Of A Home Music Studio

In case you are a music enthusiast or an expert musician, then you would certainly be running to a music studio for practice every now and then. Heading to a music studio each time might not be easy especially when you are juggling with time limitations. Steps in- home music studio! Having a home music studio offers various advantages, making your music practice a lot simpler and easier.

Anyone who visits a music studio frequently would certainly understand the inconvenience engaged in the same. It isn’t a simple job to pack your musical instruments and then unpack them over and again. Besides, it may be quite cumbersome to carry your musical instruments primarily if you need to travel long distances.

In case you believe in living penny wise, then you’ve even more factors to have a home music studio. Renting a music studio comes at quite a cost. When you have to incur this cost too often, then you could end up burning a hole in your pocket. Having your own home music studio could eliminate this expense, providing for more savings in your budget. You could use the same money to buy a treadmill.

Now one may argue that establishing a home music studio isn’t cheap either. Well, it may not be cheap but it isn’t as expensive too. All you require is some fundamental audio equipment and you are done. Of course, you may eventually go on to add other amenities like plush couches, bean bags as well as other things.

The next in line advantage of home music studio is customization. You can select the equipments according to your own liking and specific requirements. This comes as a welcome change as you need not put up with the bad quality mikes and other equipment that you have to use in rented music studios. Home music studio is the superb option as you canget everything tailor made right from the audio equipment to the couches.

Another primary advantage of owning a music studio is that you can save on your time. Travelling to a music studio on daily basis is no joke as it could eat away a lot of your time. Commuting to the studio every day can be a hassle in case you do not have your own car. You might be required to hire a car, which is again a time consuming process, to ensure that you take along your musical equipments safely.

In addition to the given benefits of having your individual music studio, there are plethoras of other pros too. To understand more about the other pros, it is finest to experience them for yourself by first owning a home music studio at the earliest best.

Top 3 Cities to Become an Actor

Top 3 Cities to Become an Actor

How to Become an Actor: Moving to Los Angeles

In your quest to become an actor there will come a time when you consider moving to Los Angeles, CA. This is an obvious choice because Los Angeles has been known by many generations as the home of the film industry. However, over the past decade there are many other cities that are becoming film centric. You can visit these cities and find film projects taking place, agencies, casting studios, many directors and producers live in these cities and you actually have a great chance to become an actor.

1. Austin, TX:

Becoming an actor in Austin, TX can be an awesome experience. Austin is an enormous cultural melting pot that is home to film festivals and theatres. Some of the theatres include The Paramount Theatre, Arts on Reel, and The Salvage Vanguard. There is also a large amount of musical and entertainment culture in the city. You can move to Austin and should not have an issue finding a job there while being able to pursue your acting career.

2. New York, NY:

Becoming an Actor in NYC is a tremendous challenge and there are a ton of pro’s and con’s when moving to the Big Apple. First, NYC is very expensive. You can expect an average daily increase on everyday expenses of about 20%. Second, NY is the one of the most competitive landscapes in the film industry. New York is one of the busiest homes to casting calls, auditions, and film industry networks. While NY provides you with the best opportunities, you will need to be very prepared financially and mentally before moving there.

3. Los Angeles, CA:

Los Angeles, The City of Angels…..After you arrive in this city the 1st thing that you are going to realize is that it does not seem like a city. Everything that you are looking for is sprawled out and hard to reach. You can’t go anywhere without a car and you are guaranteed to sit in traffic at some point during the day. If you are going to pursue an acting career Los Angeles is the place to be. L.A. is home to the most agents, casting calls, directors, studios, and network of film industry professionals. L.A. has its own personality that has grown from the movie industry and no matter how many other cities become great cities for an actor L.A. will always take the cake.

London Cinema Listings

London Cinema Listings

One look at London’s cinema listings, and you are wonder-struck at the sheer number of films Londoners devour every week. More than 120 movies are showing in London’s theatres at any given day, and about 80 films release there every week.

London cinemas screen almost everything under the sun, including classics, world cinema, short films, and Bollywood. BFI Southbank (located on Belvedere Road) is a big name for serious movie buffs. BFI Southbank was formerly called the National Film Theatre, is operated by the British Film Institute, and is also known for its screening of classics and foreign cinema. It also hosts the London Film Festival.

BFI IMAX, meanwhile, is the biggest screen in Britain. It is over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide, has 11,600 watts of digital surround sound, and seats 500. BFI also takes credit for being home to London’s smallest screen: the BFI South bank Studio has just 38 seats. Apollo Piccadilly Circus, Odeon Mezzanine, and Empire Leicester are other small-capacity cinemas.

Art movie connoisseurs need no introduction to Curzon, an art-house cinema chain has 6 cinemas across London. Independent films are patronized by Curzon as well.

Odeon Cinemas is one of the largest chain of cinemas in Europe, and has about 26 cineplexes in London. The Odeon West End in Leicester Square has hosted the London Film Festival for many years.

Another popular name to reckon with for cinemas is Riverside Studios, located on the banks of the River Thames (Hammersmith, London). Riverside is known for its double-bill screenings of foreign language and independent films. It hosts foreign language film festivals, too.

There are places where you can watch a movie child-free (at the Over 18s screenings), and places (for e.g., he Electric, Rio, Picturehouse, Rue, Odeon) where you can watch a film with a baby.

If Hindi movies are your staple, then head to the Himalaya Palace, Southall, Upton Park Boleyn, Harrow Safari or Willesden Belle Vue; or any of Cineworld’s cinemas at Feltham, Staples Corner or Ilford.

Interestingly, there are increasingly more things to do in London at the cinemas, than merely watch films. You now get to breathe in some culture in the city’s cinema halls some being Odeon, Curzon Cinemas and BFI – which have started screening opera and ballet. In fact, the Royal Opera House has launched a venture that will see some ballet and opera performances being screened in over 700 cinemas worldwide.