Students of the first graduating batch (batch of 2013-15) of M.A. in Visual Effects and Animation course at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia organized an exhibit titled, “Drawing Room,” which showcased their work produced over the past two years of their course, held at the Animation Lab, AJK-MCRC, on Friday, 10 April 2015.
The exhibit included, about 40 animation and visual effects incorporated film screenings, at least two computer games, and an assorted variety of wall-art, which included paintings, graphic designs, photography and hand-made craft items. Select items were also available for purchase, which apparently many did buy.
Out of all the films screened at the event, the one created by the entire class using sand-art titled “Tom, Dick and Harry” was the most notable.
According to a written statement, Mr. Dharmendra Arora, faculty and curator of the event said: “Drawing Room was conceptualized as a platform for showcasing our students’ work just when they are ready to set foot into the media industry. Not just that, the event gives them a chance to work on their business and management skills, a prime requirement everywhere in the client-business module of the media industry.”
On the question of how well was the exhibit received by the public, Mr. Atul Sinha, Course Coordinator, MA Visual Effects and Animation, is quoted to have said: “The response we have received for the event is phenomenal. We didn’t expect such a huge footfall. But it’s just a humble beginning. We hope with the coming batches, we make Drawing Room a much larger and grander event.”
Though this is the first batch of M.A. Visual Effects and Animation program, the course came into existence in 2007 as a one-year postgraduate diploma course and was later turned into a two-year Masters program in 2013.
According to its official website: “This course provides learning opportunities for students to imagine, visualize, and tell a story. Students are trained to use Industry standard software packages like Maya, After Effects and Flash.”
In addition, according to their official statement, AJK-MCRC’s M.A. in Visual Effects and Animation holds the special distinction of being the first degree course of its kind in India.
And interestingly, among the course alumni, includes the famous Visual Effects artist, Kabir Verma, who won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the Hollywood blockbuster “Life of Pi” in 2012, according to the official statement.
1. Sand Animation titled “Tom, Dick and Harry”.
2. VFX Re-Edit: Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Ye Shaam Mastani’
4. Sapne toh apne hotein hai (cut-out animation)
7. Happy independence day animation
9. ‘The Weary Traveller’: Pixilation Animation
10. Feed the Bins.
11. Animation on child labour.