Perhaps, no individual has ‘entertained and inspired’ the world like Walt Disney. He lived many lives: entrepreneur, animation artist, voice actor and producer. The pioneer of Animation, and the man behind the iconic ‘Mickey Mouse’, Walt Disney created one the largest entertainment empires in the world, comprising the eponymous ‘Walt Disney Studios’ and ‘Disney World’. He received several awards, and honours including a record-breaking 22 Oscars (59 nominations). He was also awarded honorary degrees by several top universities including Harvard and Yale. The US government released a postal stamp in his honour and a minor planet ‘4017 Disneya’ was named after him. Disney remains the central figure in the history of animation and is possibly the most enterprising entertainer the world has seen.
Inspired by the legend of Walt Elias Disney, students of Creative Multimedia College, Dilsukhnagar conducted an art show in his honour. Aptly titled ‘THE WALT DISNEY RETROSPECTIVE’, the show was held at the Nehru Art Gallery, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), Hyderabad from 05 – 09 February 2019. Walt Disney would have been immensely proud of the creative skills displayed by students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts (CMCFA) – Hyderabad.
The show featured 114 beautiful portraits of Walt Disney, created by students of CMCFA – the Animation and Applied Arts training initiative of Creative Multimedia Group. Each a unique work of art, the portraits gracing the walls of Nehru Art Gallery had visitors awe-struck. Students experimented with a range of interesting tools and mediums: coffee on paper, graphite dust on the ivory sheet, nails and yarn on wood, pencil on corrugated board, etching on a mirror, colour engraving on foil, plaster of Paris on cardboard, mixed media on glass, glitter on paper and paper collage.
Students also employed mixed media and such conventional tools-mediums as soft pastel on paper, poster colour on paper, watercolour on paper, colour pencil on the ivory sheet, charcoal on paper, oil on canvas, acrylic on paper, crayons on mount board, and sketch pen on paper to create inspiring illustrations and artworks.
Praveen Kilaru – Visual Effects (VFX) veteran and Production Head at Digital Domain graced the show as the Chief Guest and was blown away by the art skills of CMCFA students. He went around the gallery, observed the exhibits keenly, spent time with each student to understand the thought process behind their respective artworks and complimented them individually.
Addressing the media, Praveen said: “I didn’t come with a lot of expectations but was really blown away after seeing the exhibits. All the works are unique. Marvellous! The student’s passion is evident and so is the faculty’s zeal. I’m very proud to see this promising talent. It gives the industry a lot more confidence. I must thank the CEO of Creative Multimedia B. Raja Sekhar for grooming such fine talent which is very helpful for studios like us. You must conduct more of these art shows.”
Praveen had many encouraging words for students. Praising their work, he said: “Continue with the same passion. All of you will do great and earn many accolades in your respective animation careers. Remember, it’s important that you back up your art skills with good presentation skills. To sell your idea, you must articulate the process – what inspired you to create the artwork, how you did it and what was your approach. This is a valuable career skill. Importantly, in the VFX sector, passion takes precedence over money. So be prepared to work hard.” At the end of his address, he extended an invite to aspiring animation and VFX artists of CMCFA to visit Digital Domain.
Digital Domain is acknowledged as a global force in VFX with over 100 major awards including Clios, BAFTA and Cannes Lions apart from Oscar awards for the films ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, ‘What Dreams May Come’ and ‘Titanic’. Digital Domain recently bagged an Academy nomination in the VFX category for the film ‘Avengers – Infinity War’.
- Shankar, popular caricaturist and winner of several prestigious national and international awards including the Grand Prix World Press Cartoon Award graced the show and appreciated students. Prof. Dr N. Kavita Daryani Rao, Vice-Chancellor of JNAFAU and Mr Vikas, Principal of JNAFAU also visited the gallery as special guests and appreciated CMCFA students.
Speaking to the press, Mr Buggaveeti Raja Sekhar, CEO of Creative Multimedia Group said: “CMCFA frequently conducts art shows with the motto ‘Education with a purpose – Art for a cause’. The art shows are part of CMCFA’s multiple initiatives aimed at helping students build a strong foundation in drawing while embracing a noble cause. Our previous art show ‘Mahanati’ was a resounding success and the proceeds of the exhibits sold at the show benefited the victims of flood-ravaged Kerala.”
CMCFA is famed for producing highly trained animation, VFX and applied arts professionals. Offering updated, industry-oriented programs imparted by passionate mentors in a supportive learning environment, CMCFA ensures the best resources and career support for career aspirants.
On the strength of its benchmark 3D animation courses in Hyderabad, CMCFA offers the best 3D animation training in Hyderabad with excellent placement assistance. Over the years, CMCFA has gained prominence as the best animation training institute in Hyderabad. With the focus on enhancing employability, the college helps students pursue successful careers in the digital media and entertainment industry. CMCFA is part of Creative Multimedia Group which owns and operates India’s Largest Digital Media Academy.