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A01- Preface

श्री गणेशाय नमः।
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णु गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरु: साक्षात परब्रम्ह तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः।।

Salutation to all teachers.

Hi, Welcome to this grand tour of 3D animation world.

My name is Mahesh Deshpande. Before proceeding ahead, I want to salute all of my teachers, who introduced and brought me to the animation field. I want to salute all the great animators, like Walt Disney, Richard Williams, John Lasseter who always inspire us through their work. My deepest regards to those who always strive to bridge the bap between art and technology and to popularise it. As a small token of appreciation, I dedicate this training series to all those great ones. I will try to make this series, simple and easy to understand and at the same time deep and fundamental.

Let me tell you some background. A few years back, i.e. in Nov 2003, my article on ‘3D animation’ was published in ‘Sakal’, a very famous marathi Newspaper.

CS3DM-ARTICLE-01-2003-webIn those days, no newspaper used to post articles or columns about this topic. Naturally, I had a huge response from readers. My second article, published in 2004, too, had an overwhelming appreciation. I started receiving many calls, emails from readers and was asked to put more light. The inquiry is still going on. Because of this experience and the big demand, I have decided to reach you again, through this series. The very objective of this training, is to introduce and give detailed information, about computer graphics and 3D animation, to all the curious ones.

Nowadays, we are already familiar with names like animation, graphics etc. Even as a child, we have grown up watching ‘Mickey mouse’, ‘Star wars’ and up to ‘Shrek’ or ‘Lord of the rings’. Animation films have always attracted every one of us. Every one of us must have dreamt, at-least once, of making an animation film of our own. Many of us actually want to learn making an animation film or becoming an animator. And that’s why I have brought this series specially for YOU.

LL3D-Curiosity to Career-webThis training series will be very helpful to everybody, from those who are curious about 3D graphics, up to those who are seriously considering it as a career. We will talk about fundamentals and various aspects of 3D, and also learn the primary uses and applications of it. This series will be full of fun and enjoyable. And that’s not all, during this series, you will be making an animation film yourself!

That’s right! You will be THE ANIMATOR of your animation film. We will be learning all this through a real short film. We will go through each and every step in the way.

Exciting! isn’t it?

But a word of caution! We will have to take the full ride without any shortcut. We will have to learn along step by step. Don’t worry, I am alway here to guide you. But I want your support and commitment too. We together will make it very exciting and full of fun. I will talk about all the tools, techniques, softwares required for this and also give you many files to download during these episodes.

So lets take a ride of this 3D graphics world. Lets learn 3D animation! See you next time…

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Posted by Mahesh Deshpande

Director at Advaita Studios Pvt. Ltd. Having wide career experience in Design, 3d graphics and animation, since 1998. Actively involved in various 3d graphics programs and training.