Jeff Hangartner – Revealing the Path Less Travelled in Video Game Industry

Jeff HangartnerJeff Hangartner, the founder of the gaming start-up, Bulletproof Outlaws has been a professional developer of games over the last half a decade. Creator of Pixelation, the 1st Pixel Art Forum and also originator of the Pixel tutorials which have been published in the form of a book. Jeff has always been a pioneer of the gaming industry.

CG Today is proud to present Jeff’s exploration as he shares the whole process of creating a start-up right from day 1. With the belief that gaming development is coming back to its original “one programmer in the basement roots” idea, Bulletproof Outlaws is chronicling every step of its start-up process from strategies, to marketing, setting goals and outsourcing, successes and failures. The aim is to help other developers who have ideas but are intimidated by the whole start-up process and are not sure how to go about it.

You can visit his website Bulletproof Outlaws to know more about him or send an email to get connected.

Bulletproof Outlaws - A Diary of a video game studio!

The 7th edition of India's largest Animation Awards - 24FPS organized by Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) - the leader in 3D Animation and VFX training saw over 3000 animation enthusiast's descent at the SRPF grounds in Goregaon, Mumbai.

This year's award surpassed all expectations with the spectacular show that saw Metanoia, bag the coveted Best Animated Short Film - Gold award and Best Visual Effects Short Film - Gold was won by Enhaut, while Sentence won the Best Animated Short Film - Silver award and Fabians for Best Visual Effects Short Film Silver award.

“Indian animation industry is expected to grow by 22% by 2012 to reach $1 billion mark.” Said former Technopark CEO R K Nair. “According to NASSCOM estimates, the gaming industry would grow 49 per cent to reach $830 million by 2012.” Mr. R K Nair said this at the convocation ceremony held for the 70 students who passed the one year full time Advanced Diploma in Digital Arts and Animation (ADDAA). The function was held at the Travancore Hall in Technopark.

Congratulating the students, R K Nair said, “Despite the difficult economic environment, the animation, gaming and visual effects industry is witnessing growth rate of over 20 per cent in India. In India animation industry is still in an infant stage. We will witness massive growth in this industry for the next 10 years. Currently there are more than 300 small medium and big animation companies employing nearly 10000 animation experts. I am sure our students who have passed out of this course today will create their mark in the animation industry. I wish them all the best for a great future!”

Noted Malayalam film director Rajasenan handed over the certificates to the students. Addressing the students, he said, “Though in its infant stages, Animation has a major role in mainstream cinema. The scope of animation is not just restricted to the cinema world but has great applications in other areas as well and it is imperative that we tap these.”

Speaking at the function Hari Varma, Chief Creative Officer, Toonz Studio said “Recently we have revamped the curriculum and methodology of our diploma course to make it more relevant for the industry process and practices. Students have developed their diploma project exactly the way a project developed in a studio”.

Toonz Academy is the training division of the award winning animation studio, Toonz Animation India Pvt Ltd. (www.toonzanimationindia.com). The academy was established in the year 2002 and is a fully owned subsidiary of Toonz Entertainment Pte Ltd Singapore, the parent company of the Toonz Group. The first centre of the academy was established in Trivandrum near the Technopark campus during the year 2003. Since then the academy has grown in stature with centres in Delhi, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Indore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Calicut. Plans are in fast swing to establish centres elsewhere in major cities across India. The academy offers 12 months Advanced Diploma course in animation. The Academy also offers a portfolio of short-term courses in animation and visual effects. Continuing its fast pace of growth, the Academy has signed MOU's with leading Chinese Universities to set up animation training centres in China and plans to expand its operation to West Africa, Middle East and South East Asia.

The Visual Effects Society recently launched The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by Jeffrey A. Okun and Susan Zwerman. It is an effort to compile and present Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures.

Wisdom from the best and the brightest in the industry, this visual effects bible belongs on the shelf of anyone working in or aspiring to work in VFX. The book covers techniques and solutions all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors need to know, from preproduction, to digital character creation and compositing of both live-action and CG elements.

Sets up Toonz Entertainment Global, Canada in partnership with Montreal based Mediabiz International

Technopark based animation major Toonz has announced that it has set up its new production unit in Canada- Toonz Entertainment Global in association with Mediabiz International, Canada. TEG, Canada will concentrate on producing both animation and live action properties.

(Reuters) - The animated comedy raked in $30 million beating new releases, including action flick Unstoppable.

Animated comedy Megamind topped film charts for the second week last Sunday, claiming No. 1 at North American box- offices with $30 million and beating new releases, including action flick Unstoppable. The family-oriented comedy pushed its two-week total to $89.8 million and showed staying power in theatres with a decline of 35 per cent from last week’s debut of nearly $48 million for its producers at DreamWorks Animation. The relatively small drop, compared to other major releases that often see ticket sales fall 50 per cent or more, has DreamWorks Animation hoping Megamind can hold its own against the widely anticipated Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1. “We’re seeing lots of momentum with kids and especially young boys,” DreamWorks Animation global marketing chief Anne Globe said, adding that the company expects Megamind to continue performing well in theatres equipped with 3D.

The new Harry Potter will not be show in 3D. In second place over the weekend was runaway train movie Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. It pulled in $23.5 million and was the top-grossing new release, pleasing its distributor 20th Century Fox.

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