When Virtual Reality (VR) Animation is So Real That You Run For the Door

Animation has come a long way in the last decade or so. The computers are getting faster and more powerful and the animators and technicians are getting smarter. Plus, there are more colleges and universities training the best and the brightest to enter this field. And for good reason too. In 2008 most of the…

Animation has come a long way in the last decade or so. The computers are getting faster and more powerful and the animators and technicians are getting smarter. Plus, there are more colleges and universities training the best and the brightest to enter this field. And for good reason too. In 2008 most of the animation movie companies made substantial profits, and they just can not get enough qualified help.

Of course there is much more to the story than that; as Virtual Reality environments have also come an awful long way. Some projects have been funded for the military for training, simulators for pilots and PTSD for returning soldiers. Other sectors have also chipped into the research, such as education, transportation, and video games. Some of the more futuristic video games and soldier training virtual reality simulators are so real that people involved, run from the room to get away!

Yes, they are fully aware that it is a simulator, augmented reality or virtual reality environment at the time, still, the realness triggers fight and flight responses that fool the senses into reacting as if they are real. So, the next question will be or already is; Now What? What do we do now that we have produced VR environments and animation that is so real to life that its able to trick the mind, brain and body?

What do we do when the animation is so real that we have people running away, literally to escape? Do we chuck this current world and enter a whole new realm? It's a whole new world, if we dare to take it; Dare we?

The Phenomenon of K-ON!

With each spring season comes new anime series in Japan and the rest of the world. The latest sensation that has debuted is a story of the trials and tribulations of four high school girls as they seek to establish their own after school activities club. The club revolves around light music which in Japan…

With each spring season comes new anime series in Japan and the rest of the world. The latest sensation that has debuted is a story of the trials and tribulations of four high school girls as they seek to establish their own after school activities club. The club revolves around light music which in Japan actually stands for pop music and the playing of musical instruments in a band for that purpose.

The club is known as Keion, which sounds like K-ON !, the name that the anime series is called. Based on a serialized manga that did not reach the head heights of popularity that the anime has currently achieved, the protagonist of the series is Yui Hirasawa. An easy going girl who excels in day dreaming, Yui stumbles along the club and three other members. Faced with the prospect of not joining in any club, Yui decides to join the three other girls since interim reservations.

Based on a very simple finish, the rise in popularity of K-ON! has surprised media onlookers and critics. There is nothing incredibly special about the series' plot or characters. In fact, they represent very ordinary people like you and I, with the same aspirations and dreams in life. Perhaps it is due to this fact that the characters are so similar to us, that fans have taken to them with great passion. The development of the four girls' friendship from episode to episode has also stuck a chord with most viewers, reminding them of their current or past relationships with both friends and family.

It would be too simple to attribute all the success of the anime series to the sentimental value provided by both the characters and storyline. There is much to praise about the high quality design and animation sequences it has. Its arrival also coincides with a global demand for cute characters that is often the highlight of Japanese pop culture. The voice actresses, or seiyuu as it is more commonly known within the industry, have also done very well in projecting believable characters, while expressing their talent and creativity in other areas that are required due to the nature of the anime. This includes having to sing, since Yui and her friends play in a band.

The success of K-ON! continues unabated with the release of more manga comics and even music CD singles. A sequel is also in the works if the first series manages to sustain fans' interest after the last episode. Perhaps the largest litmus test to its phenomenon and longevity will be the public's response to upcoming figure releases, which is often used to gauge a franchise's long term marketability. Whatever the result of that, the likable and uncomplicated story of the group of high school friends has absolutely made their mark in the anime world.

Animated Environments Come Alive – Can We Turn Old Down Town Buildings Into VR Theme Parks?

Right now with commercial real estate prices at a low point, and many buildings in the United States especially downtown, and in large retail centers sit vacant. This is a tremendous waste of resources, so is not there something we can do with these buildings? What if we created a whole new world, making Virtual…

Right now with commercial real estate prices at a low point, and many buildings in the United States especially downtown, and in large retail centers sit vacant. This is a tremendous waste of resources, so is not there something we can do with these buildings? What if we created a whole new world, making Virtual Reality entertainment centers out of them? It is actually very feasible.

Such a business model in the cities, would have instant success, and the PR gained will really accelerate the Virtual Reality future acceptance, and introduce the new technology to an enthusiastic group of trend setters. One advanced thinker on VR Anoop Jha explains that Urban VR Centers may someday be the way of the future?

Indeed, we concur with his thoughts on this and wonder if we can use some of these existing buildings to set up the first locations originally and then ever build stand-alone customized VR buildings that look futuristic in the future once the concept catches on. Either way the concept will catch on because it will be introduced as a hands-on “at will” demonstration experience.

The VR CAVE project in Europe also gives tours and brings in people from all over to participate in their projects in AR and VR, it is very well received. The technology is there, but it is not an entertainment center open to all like a community urban VR center in a theme park setting or scenario.

It might be very wise to take advantage of the low real estate prices, empty buildings, need for employment and kill many virtual birds with one stone while revitalizing downtown areas and vacant retail centers. Please consider this.

Naruto – Madara Uchiha Vs Pein

The story is now coming to a point where you are made to wonder who will take charge of the Akatsuki. It is of course going to be one of two, either Nagato with his controlled bodies of Pein or Madara so really its a battle between the best Sharingan user and the best Rinnengan…

The story is now coming to a point where you are made to wonder who will take charge of the Akatsuki. It is of course going to be one of two, either Nagato with his controlled bodies of Pein or Madara so really its a battle between the best Sharingan user and the best Rinnengan user. So, which is more powerful, Rinnengan or Sharingan?

We only know a little about the Rinnengan so we assume it only has one state and in that state its said to be the most superior of the three Ocular Kekkai Genkai. We do know that apparently the first user of the Rinnengan, the Sage of Six Paths is told to have founded the ninja world and know all ninjutsu. Also, something probably not worth mentioning is that he apparently created the moon with the technique Chibaku Tensei. Along with Chibaku Tensei, it is thought that BanshM Ten'in and Shinra Tensei are among the techniques that come with possession of the Rinnengan, techniques which basically grant the user to control gravity and push / pull objects from their own center.

The Sharingan on the other hand has three main states, normal Sharingan which gives the ability to read movements, copy jutsu and cast basic genjutsu.

Then there is the Mangekyo Sharingan, acquired by killing somebody close to you. Abilities depend on the user but so far we've seen the Mangekyo giving abilities such as powerful genjutsu and space / time distortion. Examples are Itachi's Tsukuyomi which casts the victim under genjutsu and enables the user to control time along with everything in the created world and Kakashi's only know Mangekyo technique which gives him the ability to distort space and transport objects to other dimensions. Black flames called the Amaterasu that burn until it consumes the target is another technique used by Itachi. The downside to the Mangekyo is that the user ever ends up blind if they overuse it which brings us on to the next Sharingan level, the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan.

The EMS is admitted when an Uchiha with Mangekyo receives another Uchiha (who also has Mangekyo) members eyes, this merges the two patterns of these Mangekyo to make one and gives the user 'Eternal Light' meaning the user will not become blind if he uses the Mangekyo's abilities a lot. We are told that with the EMS comes many new Mangekyo jutsu so we can only imagine what other abilities Madara has since we've already seen him make any jutsu pass through his body.

From what we've seen I'd like to think that the EMS would await over the Rinnengan and without Naruto kills Nagato in the coming manga or the story suddenly ends then I hope we will see a Sharingan vs Rinnengan battle sometime soon!

Ben 10 Alien Force

Ben 10 Alien Force, a sequel to Ben 10, is a remarkable and an interesting anime Television series, which is the result of hard work done by Dwayne McDuffie and Glen Murakami and the studio “Man of Action”. The studio is a group of 4 young creative personalities named, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly,…

Ben 10 Alien Force, a sequel to Ben 10, is a remarkable and an interesting anime Television series, which is the result of hard work done by Dwayne McDuffie and Glen Murakami and the studio “Man of Action”. The studio is a group of 4 young creative personalities named, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle.

Ben 10 Alien Force is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, and is based on the central figure Ben Tennyson. He is now 15 years of age and has grown up to become a more mature guy with a clear outlook towards life.

He has removed the Omnitix, and has tasted the good and challenging adventures out there.

Now, in Ben 10 Alien Force, you see there is a fanatic aliens known as Highbreed have surreptitiously com on Earth and they have the mission to ruin the earth and kill its habitat altogether. Max, who is Ben's grandmother and also an active member of the planet-defending Plumbers has already gone out there to protect the humanity from their evil deeds, but nobody has heard of him ever since. There stands no choice in front of Ben, but to use Omnitrix to fight the aliens back from the earth. Omnitrix has adapted according to his teenage body, and this has addressed into new forms and functions, and makes Ben ready to go for fighting the aliens.

Ben is supported in his endeavor by Cousin Gwen, and both have their natural abilities enhanced to give the Highbreed a tough blow. Ben's formal rival, Kevin Levin who worked in Null Void is also coming in front and joining his hand.

The cartoon animated series has all its drama and adventure lined up for the children and the adults. What's more, the animated series has got all the super digital sound and backed by odd music scores. The best thing is that you do not get bored while watching the entire series. Ben is leading the fight the war against the aliens and also on his mission to look for Max. In the time of five years that has past, been has become more mature and he has all the goals set in line to go ahead with the mission along with his cronies. Come and explore the adventure filled mission where the fight for the cause is truly realized by the saviors who are packed with their guns.

Animation For Advanced Concepts Convinces Academics

Over the years, we have observed new concepts come and go, some take hold and are considered the next best thing to sliced ​​bread, others fade away. Sometimes a concept or innovation succeeds because there is someone behind it that is really inspired and dedicated to the cause, a salesman, spokesman, and hard charger who…

Over the years, we have observed new concepts come and go, some take hold and are considered the next best thing to sliced ​​bread, others fade away. Sometimes a concept or innovation succeeds because there is someone behind it that is really inspired and dedicated to the cause, a salesman, spokesman, and hard charger who refused to give up.

Other times the person with the idea does not know how to get it done, does not have any financial backing or lacks the presentation prowess to wow first adopters, investors or the public enough to start a trend.

Indeed, I've observed all these scenarios play out time and time again, and one thing I have noted is that those who spend the time and money to create professional animations of their advanced concepts or revolutionary innovations are the ones that convince the academies, political leaders, investors, and industry professionals that the project is worthy.

Why is this? Well, it is often hard to describe a concept with renderings, as a picture is worth a thousand words as then say, then consider a fully animated video of an advanced concept, what is that worth these days? A lot because often it is the difference between success and failure, but why am I telling you this?

You see, you might very well be the next innovator to come up with a breakthrough technology. I'd like to see you succeed and bring that innovation to the human race. So, my hope is that you will consider this and take action to see it through and put forth a winning presentation to get that ball rolling. Please think on this.

3D Architectural Rendering Process

3D process is extremely important in professional fields and also outsourcing services like industrial, automotive, or architectural design, where 3D models often serve as prototypes for real-world products like chairs, cars, and buildings. In other situations (for instance, in some scientific applications), 3D models must be completely accurate replicas of existing physical objects. Data for…

3D process is extremely important in professional fields and also outsourcing services like industrial, automotive, or architectural design, where 3D models often serve as prototypes for real-world products like chairs, cars, and buildings. In other situations (for instance, in some scientific applications), 3D models must be completely accurate replicas of existing physical objects. Data for these kinds of models can be obtained from 3D-imaging technologies ranging from photogrammetric to 3D scanners.

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That means 3D animations and 3D architectural Design interfaces with the visitors reading their psyches so that they seem relevant and have much more noticeable results! Maximum and repeat clicks are some of the common outcomes that our clients enjoy with our 3D animation and graphic services.

Stages in the Development Process: –

Stage1: Collection of information such as AutoCAD drawings and photographs of the project, videos, Images, Perspectives, reference materials, target audience, objectives and end results expected.

Stage2: Review and analysis of the information collected; study the highlights or USPs of the projects. Evolve the right strategy and the right action plan that assures the best output.

Stage3: Develop the script / storyboard for the Walkthrough keeping in mind all the above objectives. The script will provide insight into the Layout, lighting, camera paths and all the other key components of the project.

Stage4: Develop the Camera paths, which include direction of camera, Areas to be highlighted and important features

Stage5: As per the Camera path, Team develops the required layout with landscape.

Stage6: As per the collected information the team develops the model with accuracy & perfection.

Stage7: After Modeling the team will apply the textures as per the requirement to give it realistic look.

Stage8: Adding appropriate lighting to enhance the look of the place and adding shadows for more realistic touch.

Stage9: 3D rendering of various shots of the 3D Walk through as per the storyboard.

Stage10: Professional voice over according to the approved script if needed will be recorded.

Stage11: audio engineers will select a powerful music from the stock or compose music to match to the mood and ambiance of the project.

Stage12: Integration of various camera shots with the voice, music and effects.

Stage13: Rendering of the compiled Walk through for review.

Stage14: Review of the First Cut. Quality checks to ensure high quality is maintained at all stages.

Stage15: Rendering of the Final compiled Walk through (after corrections if any) for Final Delivery.

Usages of 3D Walk through

* Architectural Visualization

* Construction Applications

* Interior and Exterior Decoration

* Real-Estate Development

* Engineering Simulations

* Advertising

* Films and Animation

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3D Animation Movie Maker – The Evolution of Making Animations at Home

I guess a lot of people would like to make their own movies. By that I mean to go beyond editing together movie clips taken while on holiday, to making movies which tell a story. In most cases professional players are expensive and most friends do not make good actors. This is why making a…

I guess a lot of people would like to make their own movies. By that I mean to go beyond editing together movie clips taken while on holiday, to making movies which tell a story. In most cases professional players are expensive and most friends do not make good actors. This is why making a 3D animation movie is a satisfying low cost alternative.

I remember a holiday movie my father made in the 1950s. It had an animated title filmed, like the rest of the movie on 8mm celluloid film. When I asked him about it, he told me he had put his camera in a clamp pointing at the floor. He then created the first letter of the title using a piece of string and filmed it for a couple of seconds, then he created the second letter and so on. It was several days later, when the film came back from the developing laboratory that he discovered that his desk lamp had not really been adequate to illuminate his work properly.

Then along came computers. It took a while before computers got good at graphics, even stationary ones. But of course they did ever get good, not only at rendering still scenes, but also animations. Unfortunately Hollywood studios being able to afford high powered hardware and software did not make it accessible to the amateur movie maker.

The high price of professional 3D animation software led to the concept of Machinima. In Machinima inexpensive computer games are used to record 3D animated movie clips. Some computer games have a camera or record function built into them, and for others which do not, there are additional utilities such as Fraps, which can be used for recording the game action.

Popular Machinima games include Quake, Unreal Tournament and SIMS 2. These games come with the ability to design your own sets and characters, either as part of the main game itself or using utilities, which are provided with the game. Admittedly getting exactly the movie clips you want from these games can be challenging. I never did find out how to part characters in Unreal Tournament or Quake from their guns, which meant unless you wanted to make a shoot 'em up movie, they were not ideal. No doubt obstacles like this could have been overcome, but it seemed you could not get very far unless you were prepared to get immersed in scripting language.

Of the three games I have mentioned, SIMS 2, is probably the easiest to use for making Machinima, except that the characters, or in our case actors, tend to have minds of their own. So your movie star may wander off part way through filming, or someone else you do not recognize, may suddenly turn up and disrupt the scene you are shooting. With SIMS 2 you might even find your movie set spontaneously combusting during filming if you forgot to buy fire insurance. Sometimes this is like movie making in real life, but I would prefer not to have to put up with all of these uncertainties.

So you may wonder why no one has produced a budget software product, specifically for the purpose of making 3D animations at home. In fact Microsoft did exactly that in the mid 1990s with a product called 3D Movie Maker, which they targeted at the kids market. However the product was designed for early PCs, so it was pretty basic, on most home PCs it was slow, and it was soon discontinued.

Recently there has been recognition of this unfulfilled need. Reallusion in particular, has developed a 3D animation movie maker called iClone . This software is pretty much a dream come true for anyone who wants to tell a story using 3D animation. In its basic form it costs about the same as a new top end computer game, while the more advanced and more useful Pro version is still very reasonable.

Although you could make a whole movie in iClone, I find it is best to use it to create a series of 3D animation clips and to then edit them together using Microsoft Movie Maker, which comes as part of Windows, or using a more advanced home movie editing suite such as Pinnacle Studio.

Other key points to note about iClone are that if you want to get up and running very quickly, there is a good library of actors, scenes and props, which you can purchase to add to the collection, which comes with the program itself. On the other hand if you are short of cash and prefer to build everything yourself and have plenty of time to spare, you can do that too using the tools included in the software.

One optional utility, which I recommend purchasing bundled with the iClone, is Reallusion's 3DXchange. This allows you to import content from other sources, including Google 3D Warehouse, which is a fantastic resource full of free models of buildings and other props, to enhance your 3D animations.

I find it amazing to think that with a budget of less than $ 1,000 I can now purchase a PC and the software required to make 3D animation movies, when twenty years ago I would have needed $ millions for less capacity facilities.

Animation in Virtual Reality Environments – A Look Ahead on Virtual Companions

With animation software and technology enhancements avatars used in augmented reality and virtual reality environments as companions, tutors, and online cartoon-like friends, animation is certainly uniting the real world with an imaginary one. Some of the greatest uses of artificial intelligence software is used in animation and VR environments. As for a human assistant VR…

With animation software and technology enhancements avatars used in augmented reality and virtual reality environments as companions, tutors, and online cartoon-like friends, animation is certainly uniting the real world with an imaginary one. Some of the greatest uses of artificial intelligence software is used in animation and VR environments.

As for a human assistant VR companion, Carnegie Mellon University is doing some work on this, as they also had some funding about 5-years ago to develop assistants that could read manuals and repeat them in laymen's terms for mechanics working on high-tech equipment , walking them through the process.

Indeed, I bet we could use some of their research to see if we can accelerate various uses of animation concepts in the virtual environments of the future. Perhaps, bringing some of this obvious reality of future periods to fruition on a shorter time-line.

Animated characters that are close to real life people would be a smart step in getting humans used to participating with such computer generated systems treating them like people, as that will be the next step for us as we progress with such technologies. Many science fiction authors have discussed such probable futures, and it appears we are nearly there.

The Virtual World and Animated world are one, both created by man for man, and they are becoming more and more like the real world, soon some scientists believe they will merge. Why? Well for many reasons such as entertainments, relaxation, instruction and companionship. Please consider this, will it be part of your reality too?

Five Tips For Creating an Animated Flash Cartoon

With Adobe Flash, creating cartoons is as accessible as ever. With a little know-how and time, you can jump right in and start animating a cartoon of your very own. However, there's a difference between an animated cartoon and a good animated cartoon. These five tips (listed in no particular order) should help you with…

With Adobe Flash, creating cartoons is as accessible as ever. With a little know-how and time, you can jump right in and start animating a cartoon of your very own. However, there's a difference between an animated cartoon and a good animated cartoon. These five tips (listed in no particular order) should help you with planning and animating cartoons.

  1. Write a Script. It may seem unnecessary, for the idea of ​​the cartoon might be right in your head, but writing a script can greatly enhance the flow of you movie. Even short movies benefit from scripts. You do not need to go out and purchase expensive screenplay writing software. A simple text editor will do, just as long as you can write down the stage directions and dialogue. If not a script, then at the very least write an outline. This is also helpful if you need to add or change something later on. It's much easier to write it all down then to remember your ideas.
  2. Get a Graphics Tablet. Drawing with a mouse is hard and not too many people find it very comfortable to do. So, go ahead and buy a graphics tablet, which is basically a digital pad and pen you can draw on. You can draw on the screen just like you would a pencil and paper and this can greatly enhance the way your cartoon looks. And in the long run this will be quicker then having to battle the oddities of the mouse. You can find a great variety of graphic tablets (varying in size, price, etc.) on Amazon or in computer stores. Just search around, read customer reviews and find the right one for you.
  3. Watch Other Cartoons. If you've never made a cartoon before, watching other peoples' works is a great way to get a handle on flow and style. Now, do not watch a cartoon and steal the ideas or plot from it, but rather watch how the director uses cuts, camera pans, camera zooms and so on. Also pay attention to how the director uses lines (if any), color, special effects, character design and other artistic properties. Find out what appeals to you and what does not and then start to adapt it and form your own style.
  4. Seek Input. You want your cartoon to be your own, but it never hurts to ask for input. You can do this by finding an online community and posting your work there or simply showing your cartoon to your friends. While people you know tend to be biased (and may hold back their thoughts to spare your feelings), it can still help you get an idea of ​​what direction to take your cartoon. Now, do not let input discourage you. There are many people out there who will bash you just for fun. Ignore those hateful comments and focus on the constructive ones.
  5. Practice! I'm going to be honest, your first cartoon will more than probably not be your greatest work. Like anything, this process takes time and lots of practice. Research never hurt either. The Internet is a vast resource full of articles, examples and video tutorials for you to learn from. Once your first cartoon is in the can, keep going! Start writing scripts for your next cartoons, practice your drawing skills, continue to seek input from others and keep pushing!

Five Tips For Making Your Animated Flash Cartoons Look Better

So, you have a great idea for a cartoon. The problem is your artistic skills are a bit lacking. No problem! With a little practice and these tips, you'll be on your way to creating eye pleasing works of art! The Shape Tool Is Your Friend. Did you know that using the shape tool (circles,…

So, you have a great idea for a cartoon. The problem is your artistic skills are a bit lacking. No problem! With a little practice and these tips, you'll be on your way to creating eye pleasing works of art!

  1. The Shape Tool Is Your Friend. Did you know that using the shape tool (circles, squares, etc.) keeps the file size of your flash files down? Furthermore, it creates a smoother look for the things you draw. The Pencil Tool is great and allows for a lot of freedom, but it can cause drawings to not look as good as they could. With a little practice and some manipulation, you can create anything with the shape tool.
  2. Use Filters! Let's say you have created an object and placed it in the background of your movie. The problem is it looks too dominate and clashes with the foreground. Want to add more depth to the scene? Apply the blur filter to the object! By doing this you can create a pseudo depth of field that can bring out your foreground objects, while keeping your background objects minimized (and vice-versa). On top of that you can take advantage of the shadow filters to create the effect of light sources and more!
  3. Play With The Framerate. The framerate of your cartoon can greatly have an impact on the visual style. The higher your framerate, the smoother things will look. Of course with high framerates you have toimate more frames to compensate. But that extra work may be worth it for a smoother looking movie. Of course the opposite is also true. Maybe you want a choppier look to your film which would require a lower framerate. Again, this is something you should play with to determine what looks best to you.
  4. Use After Effects Or Similar Software. After Effects is an incredibly powerful piece of software and with little effort you can add a completely new look to your cartoon. Of course using After Effects (or similar software) requires your cartoon to be a video file and not a Flash file. So, depending on how you plan to distribute your movie, this may not be an option. But if you are exporting your cartoon to be a video, I highly recommend you check out this option.
  5. Believe In Your Style. Look for ways to take advantage of your own style. It can take sometime for a Flash cartoonist to “come into his / her own”. Is there a limitation in your own style your aware of? Go ahead and play with that in the movie; turn a disadvantage into an advantage. More importantly, just have fun with it!

What Anime is and is Not

Do you watch cartoons? I do. Not bugs bunny; I'm talking about anime. Do you know what that is? Anime is, simply put, animation that's made in Japan. I'll give you some examples of anime that you might know. Speed ​​Racer, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, RoboTech, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and a lot of the…

Do you watch cartoons? I do. Not bugs bunny; I'm talking about anime. Do you know what that is?

Anime is, simply put, animation that's made in Japan. I'll give you some examples of anime that you might know. Speed ​​Racer, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, RoboTech, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and a lot of the cartoons you find on Cartoon Network qualify as well, particularly Adult Swim.

Thankfully our country has gotten the rights to translate the stories from Japanese to English, because the storylines in anime are really good. Often they're better than what Hollywood shovels into your brain.

That's basically what anime is. Now let's talk about what it's not.

Anime is not a genre; it's an art form; a medium. From now on I want you to think of anime as being equated with movies, books, music, etc; all the entertainment media. Just like you have movies for kids, movies for teens, adults, so it is with anime.

All your entertainment comes in 31 flavors, right? Comedy, horror, drama, suspense, action, etc. You file similar movies on the same shelf in the store, do not you? But you should not be putting all anime on the same shelf because anime is not a genre. It's a medium, like movies are a medium, like books are a medium. A medium can have any genre of entertainment in it; well so can anime. Anime is not all sex and violence as some people will tell you. When I hear someone say that anime is sex and violence, that immediately tells me that they watched probably one particular anime show that had that and then they go “Oh well that's how it all is.”

Now granted, some anime has that. Just like some movies have that. Just like some books have that. Does that make all books bad? No. So why should it for anime? Again, anime is an art form, not a genre. Anime can have comedy, it can have horror, drama, suspense, action, hey it can even have porn or blood-and-gut, but that does not mean it all has it! I'm not going to lie to you and say that anime is all happy goodness and none of it has anything you do not want to see. There is good stuff, and there is bad stuff, and there is everything in between, just like any other form of entertainment. If somebody came up to you and said “Hey man, we should really be censorship these 'movies' that people are talking about. we should let our kids be watching movies. ” Would you believe that? No, you're going to “Excuse me, but that does not apply to all movies leave me alone.”

You've got a rating system in the movies, right? G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17. Anyways, think about the movies. Just because Lord of the Rings was PG-13, did that mean it was necessarily bad for kids to watch? That's opinionated. Okay, think of a movie you like but your kids do not like it because they do not understand it. The themes are over their heads and they do not go for all that characterization. In our movie rating system what would we rate a movie like that? It does not have anything the kids should not be seeing, it's just that they do not understand. What do you think MPAA would rate it?

Now with anime it's the companies who distribute the anime who rate the anime. Their rating system is a little different from the movies: They'll take all factors, not just sex, violence, nudity, language, etc. but also factor in if younger audiences will be able to understand it. So on the back of an anime the rating could be OT for Older Teens, but really all that did that for was because the story is difficult to understand. Now granted OT can be for the other stuff too, but you have to realize that they think of everything when they rate.

You could have a G movie that's for little kids, and a PG movie that they completely do not understand. The rating system did not help in this case; you need to read up on the movie so you know what's in it, and that really goes for all entertainment, including anime. You need to read up on something you want to watch, read, listen to. It may be okay; it may not. You can not expect the rating system to do it all for you, because it will not.

Another reason why people may be against anime is that certain companies make only anime that a lot of us do not want to watch; then when people get introduced to anime, they unfortunately see it from these companies, which is like taking an Amish person to a shoot-em-up movie. That Amish guy is not going to think well of movies after that!
So understand that just as certain publishers publish certain books, and certain movie companies put out certain movies, so certain companies put out certain anime.

So as of now, unfortunately, all anime is grouped together like it's a genre, and it's not. You could have a porn right next to Hello Kitty and who knows the difference because “Oh it's all the same.” Watch Hello Kitty and watch that porn! You'll see a difference! Those are two extremes, by the way. Like I said, not all anime is porn; in fact most of it is not; just like movies. And not all anime is for little kids, but I would expect more of it's for them than is for porn-seeking people.

So that's one extremist perspective of anime: that it's all sex and violence. Another view that people take on it is that anime is just like cartoons: it's for little kids, and it has nothing bad in it. Do not take that approach either. I just went over anime, so you know now that it's just like movies, books, and music: it can be good or bad, for little kids, for teens, for adults, could contain this or that. Just like we would not believe the stereotypes that all blondes are stupid, that bodybuilders have no feelings, and that life is always a happy ending, so we should not be casting anime as cartoons gone bad.

But I do not want to lead you into the thinking that an anime that has something like nudity is necessarily a bad show to watch. You have to take into consideration that anime comes from Japan, and just like other countries that come into contact with each other, you'll find that Japan has different thinking than we do. Is that to say that nudity has no effect on them? No. Something that you may find objectionable, they may not. For example, Japan has public baths, therefore their stories may include that. You may see in an anime a public bath scene in which the characters are talking while they are in the bath. Public baths are part of Japanese culture; the nudity is not sexual in any way, but some people find that offensive.

And anime often has sexual humor in it. Not anime for little kids, just for us older people. You may also see a person naked or partly so, but it does not have to be sexual. What I'm getting at is that the Japanese are willing to talk about a lot more in their cartons than we ever will in our. They are a lot freer; depends on you to decide whether that's a good or a bad thing.

So when people say that “Oh this anime has nudity in it,” you have to ask them “What kind?” Then they'll give you a look. (Make a look) “What do you mean 'What kind?'” Well there are several kinds! There's the making out kind, there's the public bath kind, then – and I do not even know that I would put this in here – the short skirt kind. Japanese girls wear short skirts to school, and since a lot of the anime stories are going to center around Japan, since that's where it came from, you're most likely going to see short skirts. The kind that if there was a big gust of wind – you might get a big gust of view. And some people might find this offensive. You know, you're watching the show, and there's a gust of wind, and you get a panty shot. Now granted, you could take that as sexual, but it was the wind's fault, not anyone else's!

But you might see a skirt that you think is too short, and oh! That's bad! It depends on you. It's what you're comfortable with. Just like movies; you watch what you're comfortable with, but again, many people think of anime as cartoons, therefore they're for little kids. Not always the case. You have to understand that we as a culture have accepted other culture's stuff like languages, customs … we really are the melting pot, and you can not think of cartoons as being for kids anymore.

To sum it up, there is anime that is porn. There is anime that is for little kids. There is anime that has wonderful stories and that really makes you think, all without objectionable stuff. And there is everything between those. And the reason that anime can be so varied is because the Japanese view anime as an art form; a medium. They've got it figured out; a lot of people here in America think that cartoons are for little kids, and anime as some screwed up cartoon. But that's not the case. Anime can be and often is deeper, richer, and more thought-provoking in its stories, but what I really want to stress to you is that anime, and all other types of cartoons, are a form of entertainment, not a genre.

Computer Animation in Post Production

One of the most thought after jobs in the market today is computer animation. The technology of computer animation is getting simpler and simpler day by day; simultaneously, the opportunities for people aspiring to become computer animators have increased tremendously. The Technique Traditionally, animation always used to be done in the manual way. The most…

One of the most thought after jobs in the market today is computer animation. The technology of computer animation is getting simpler and simpler day by day; simultaneously, the opportunities for people aspiring to become computer animators have increased tremendously.

The Technique

Traditionally, animation always used to be done in the manual way. The most popularly adopted method was to create a series of cartoon frames, which were then combined into a film. Another method was by using physical models, which were placed in a certain place and the image was captured; the model was then moved and the next image captured; and the process used to continue.

But, the conventional way has been replaced by computer animation. Computer animation, which is a part of computer graphics, is the technique of creating moving images with the use of computers. It is created by means of 3D or 2D computer graphics. Computer graphics is also referred to as 'Computer-Generated Imagery'. An image is shown on the computer screen, which creates an illusion of movement and this is replaced by a new image, which is slightly different from the previous image. Sophisticated computer animation involves moving the camera or the objects in a more refined way, wherein, the law of physics is used for achieving this.

The Software

Computer animation can be created with the help of a computer and animation software. Cinema 4D, Amorphium, Poser, and Ray Dream Studio are some examples of animation software. Many software options are available and prices vary according to the sophistication of the programs.

Computer animators are creative artists who use high-tech tools for achieving their creative perfection, but the ultimate reason for their achievement is their creative vision.

Forms of Animation

There are different types of animation available:

o Scripting Systems was the earliest system used for motion control, where the computer animator writes a script in animation language. One of such scripting languages ​​is Actor Script Animation Language.

o Procedural Animation (which defines the movement over time), uses the law of physics for generating a movement. For example, consider a motion, which is the result of another action, as in the case of a ball, which if thrown towards an object, hits that particular object and causes it to move in the desired direction.

o Representational Animation is a technique, wherein an object changes its shape during animation. This is sub-divided into three categories – articulated object animation, soft object animation, and morphing.

o Stochastic Animation, which controls a groups of objects like fireworks and waterfalls.

o Behavioral Animation, where a group of objects behaves according to a set pattern as indicated by the animator.

Computer generated animation is used in various diverse fields such as films, television, videos, advertising, gaming, website designing and in a host of other situations. Due to its wide range of application, computer animation has seen a spurt in growth in the last few years.

Audiences all over the world, especially young audiences, are captivated by the extreme graphics and sound effects, which have been introduced in television programs, movies as well as in commercials. Use of multimedia makes the presentation even more attractive and effective.

Are you planning to jump into the world of computer animation? Go ahead … the sky is the limit!

The Animation Writer’s Cliche Test

To make the test as pleasant and as realistic as possible, we suggest the following guidelines: 1. Do not think too much. 2. Do not think at all. 3. Forget what thinking IS. And now on with the test. Answer all questions honestly and feel free to copy down your neighbor's answers. Question # 1:…

To make the test as pleasant and as realistic as possible, we suggest the following guidelines:

1. Do not think too much.
2. Do not think at all.
3. Forget what thinking IS.

And now on with the test. Answer all questions honestly and feel free to copy down your neighbor's answers.

Question # 1: Your HEROES have crash-landed their sleek modern AIRCRAFT in a sense jungle. Suddenly, they are surrounded by PRIMITIVE NATIVES who steal the aircraft. For what use?

a) They want the little bags of peanuts.
b) They want to see the in-flight movie
c) They want the air-sickness bags for hats
d) They want to worship it as a god

Question # 2: Which of the following characters should you NEVER create for a cartoon show:

a) an optimistic character
b) a character who eats too much
c) a character who invents weird gadgets
d) an interesting character

Question # 3: It's your MAIN CHARACTER'S birthday, but all of his / her friends are avoiding him / her. Why?

Question # 4: You're doing a mystery show in which our main characters are holed up in a haunted house that is very much desired by a GREEDY LAND DEVELOPER. At the end of the episode when the “ghost” is unmasked, it is actually ….

a) The character you planed for no other reason
b) The Greedy Land Developer
c) A total surprise
d) Dick Cheney

Question # 5: Match the blanks in Column A with the correct phrase in Column B:

A ——————————— B
A_________ is discovered. ——————— frozen Viking
A ________ is discovered. ——————— sad robot
A ________ is discovered. ——————— pirate treasure
A ________ is discovered. ———————— dinosaur Egg
An _______ is discovered. ——————— magic amulet
A ________ is discovered. ——————— lost continent
A ________ is discovered. ——————— Egyptian mummy
A ________ is discovered. ——————— homesick alien
An _______ is discovered. ——————– dimensional warp
A ________ is discovered. ——————– treasure map
A ________ is discovered. Abominable Snowman
An _______ is discovered. ——————– magic lamp / genii

Question # 6: A smash hit movie known for its irreverent comedy, satire and vivid action scenes has been adapted for animation. What will not the writers be asked to do:

a) irreverent comedy
b) satire
c) vivid action scenes
d) a second season
e) all of the above

Question # 7: Your heroes have entered an Egyptian tomb lined with mummies. Statistically, which has the greater chance of happening:

a) The mummies come to life and chase them
b) You will die someday

Question # 8: True or False: It is possible to write the climactic action sequence of a script using only the lines “Yikes!”, “ARGGGHHHH !!!” and “Let's get out of here!”

Question # 9: You've been told the new show you've been assigned to is “like any other show. Which of the following can you be sure of:

a) the show will be fresh
b) the show will be original
c) by the fifth episode there will be a body switching story

Question # 10: What should NEVER happen at the end of an episode?

a) everyone turns TO CAMERA and laughs at something not even remotely funny
b) everyone turns to FIZZBIT, THE ROBOT and laughs at something not even remotely funny
c) the viewing audience turns toward the TV and laughs at something REALLY funny

Tenjo Tenge Manga

Tenjo Tenge is a Japanese Anime and Manga series written by Ogure Ito, also referred to as “Oh Great!”, “The Creator” or “Air Gear”. Tenjo Tenge in the story of Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara as they enroll in the Todo Academy, a martial arts school where Mitsoumi Takayanagi is the president, with the aim…

Tenjo Tenge is a Japanese Anime and Manga series written by Ogure Ito, also referred to as “Oh Great!”, “The Creator” or “Air Gear”.

Tenjo Tenge in the story of Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara as they enroll in the Todo Academy, a martial arts school where Mitsoumi Takayanagi is the president, with the aim of taking it over. When they realize that the school houses some powerful fighters and can not be taken over, they join the Juukenbu club, captained by Maya Natsume.

The Tenjou Tenge series focuses on the battle between the Juukenbo club and Mitsoumi Takayanagi, who had murdered Maya Natsume's older brother, Shin Natsume, three years previously.

The Story of Shin Natsume

The story of Shin Natsume, Maya's brother, is told as a flashback over 6 episodes as Maya attempts to explain the history to the newcomers. This is to ensure that viewers and readers have a back story to reference to, as both the Anime and Manga frequently refer to the past.

The anime series continues until just before the “Imperial Arts Tournament”, which is hosted by the Todo Academy and where also decide who will be the “President” of the school. The manga series however, continues on well after this.

The manga series show how Mitsoumi recognizes the threat of Souichiro Nagi's power, the ability to take over someone's power during battle, and he then sends fighters against Souichiri. It is only during one of these fights that Souichiro discovers he actually has this special power but that he can not control it. Souichiro ends up in hospital after the fight with temporary loss of control of his left leg.

The Natsume Sisters

Aya, Maya's sister, falls in love with Souichiro during the first episode, and uses her power, the ability to see into the past or future or see things hundreds of miles away, by spying on him. In the 5th episode, her power is shown for the first time, and it is reavealed that she is probably the strongest fighter of them all, though the only reason she fights is because she wanted to become stronger for Souichiro.

The Story in Short

In Tenjo Tenge the main characters such as Maya and Souichiro, have “special” powers, which generally differ from fighter to fighter. It is discovered later in the series, however, that Souichiro has the ability to “take” someone's power after fighting them, and he actually is supposed to become a “demon” in order to defeat them.

After the Imperial Arts tournament, the Manga also follows Souhaku, Souichiro's father, who had discovered a way to live forever, and has been alive since the feudal ages. Souichiro is kidnapped by Souhaka, and forced to fight ever stronger warriors in order to become a monster.

Tenjo Tenge, also known as Tenjou Tenge or Tenjou Tenghe, is a truly fascinating and entertaining series that plays off in modern day Japan.

Japanese Anime and Manga is also one of the fastest growing entertainment forms in the World and is available both in print and online.