Of games, movies, and comics – Artifex: Chapter 22 min read
MANIPAL: The second chapter of Artifex, the animation fest organised by the Animation Department at School of Communication (SOC), MAHE, was held on February 1-3 in the SOC campus.
After the success of the premier edition of the fest, there lay a solid foundation for this year. The three-day fest, which centred around ‘Visual Effects’ as its core theme, saw some interactive workshops by the faculty, students, and some eminent personalities from the field of animation. Additionally, many students from local schools were invited for the first day of the fest, where they attended workshops by Praseed Nair and Balaji AC, both faculty members at SOC, and learnt about the basics of animation. “It took me back to my school days. It was a challenge handling so many children but it was also a lot of fun,” said Anubhav Joshi, a second-year student, who conducted a workshop on ‘Animation Film Appreciation’. The children also took part in other fun activities like face painting and tattoo art. The first day ended with a speed painting contest, where the winner of the event received a Wacom Tablet by the digital partners of the fest.
The second day of the event was easily highlighted by a workshop by RC Kamalakannan, VFX Supervisor for the blockbuster Bahubali 2 and many other films, with Saaho being one of his more popular future projects. He spoke about his early days in the industry, and how hard work is the only key to success in the field. Another workshop on the second day was by an Adobe representative, on the cutting edge technology that is being created by Adobe with all the new features that they plan to release soon. The final workshop was on ‘Look Design’ by Ankur Rastogi, an alumnus of SOC who shared his experiences from the industry having worked on big projects like Spider-man, Noddy, and Scooby Doo.
The third day was an evening of Cosplay, where students gathered dressed up as their favourite characters from movies, games, and comics, and grooved to the tunes that surrounded the college. Apart from the buzz created by people walking around in vibrant costumes, there were also other games and events, including FIFA 18 and NBA to add to the excitement.
Balaji AC, Head of the Animation Department said that the objective of the fest was to inspire people and make them aware of the possible careers in the animation field. He also mentioned that next year they will focus on comics as a theme and make the event better than this year.
Featured Image Courtesy: Aradhika Jain
Edited by: Karthika Venugopal