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Documentary Film-Making: Tools and Techniques

Expert : Prof. Karl Bardosh

During the 10th International Festival of Cell Phone Cinema, School of Animation organized a seminar on Documentary Film Making. The seminar was conducted by Prof. Karl Bardosh, the famous filmmaker and professor at Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (NYU Tisch School of Arts). Pioneering a unique course Cell Phone Cinema, he has conducted numerous narrative workshops and seminars relating to research and writing for the documentary.

During the seminar, Prof. talked about the tools and techniques used in cellphone film-making, and his experience with iClone Character Creator software. iClone creates and customizes unlimited realistic looking and stylized 3D characters, that are rigged and ready for any body and facial animation with automatic lip-sync. Unique character designs are created through this software, having unique feature such as facial animation with advanced puppeteering, auto lip-syncing, and motion key editing. It also comes with customizable high-resolution skin textures, and advanced soft-cloth physics simulation.

Prof. Karl then introduced our students with Storyboards, and the software Storyboard Quick used for storyboarding. For those who just do not have enough time to quickly draft and effectively present the ideas, this is a great tool that can help in positioning and rotating 3D characters and objects in all directions. It can include text blocks and speech bubbles, insert photos in every shot or scene, add notes and even record audio. During the seminar, he also talked about upcoming mobile technologies that are enough to create a feature film. Many new mobile phones, now-a-days have cameras with 4k resolution, which enables almost everybody to make cinema easily.

School of Animation students were also introduced to the concept of a sophisticated animation technique Rotoscopy, by Prof. Karl Bardosh. Rotoscoping is an animation technique used by animators to trace over the live-action motion video or the motion-picture footage, frame by frame, to create animation. This technology is more used in Hollywood movies and Indian 3D motion picture films. Now-a-days, we are working with a technology called Real-to-CG. While making use of this technology, we shoot a human character and transform them into 2D & 3D Character. The computer-generated (CG) imagery saves more time and money with compression, as compared to earlier technologies.

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