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Digital Media Mania!

Growing preference for Digital Media & Entertainment careers over hitherto glamorous pathways such as Engineering and Management.

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Mayank was possibly in the happiest phase of his life. All of 22, the relief from chucking studies for good was visible on his face. Fresh as a dewdrop, the newly minted graduate was upbeat about his career and raring to step into the real world. A lucrative job, the satisfaction of standing on his own two feet and the pride in his parent’s eyes; his dream future was just before him. Sadly, life didn’t play along and the dream went bust. Mayank, an aspiring Engineer from a reputed college now finds himself jobless, even a full year after graduation.

His father, an employee with a Hyderabad-based PSU is a worried man. Mayank, from Dilsukhnagar Hyderabad, completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and was keen on building a career in the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately, he was unable to get a job through his skills are highly relevant in industries such as Aerospace, Automobiles, Defense, Electronics, Infrastructure, Marine, Metals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Energy.

Mayank’s case is not an isolated one. This is the plight of lakhs of engineering graduates in India who find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. The employability rate of fresh graduates is declining steeply. Studies indicate that nearly 40 percent of the 15 lakh engineers India produces every year are not readily employable. Another study by ASSOCHAM reveals that only 7 percent of MBA graduates are employable. With the exception of government-run IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and a few others, a majority of the 5,000+ business schools in India are producing ill-equipped graduates who are unable to find gainful employment.

While there are several reasons for this sad state of affairs including the obsolete curriculum, and poor training, one of the key factors is the mushrooming of engineering and management institutes and the widening demand-supply gap with more graduates chasing fewer jobs.

While students across career streams, and the industry, in general, are grappling with this crisis, nowhere is it more concentrated than in hitherto mainstream career pathways such as Engineering and Management. As a result, students are increasingly scouting for superior alternatives. In the recent past, the academic sector has been witnessing a major shift to digital media and other new-generation career pathways which are proving to be more rewarding, secure and growth-friendly.

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The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector is going great guns, growing at 13.4% year-on-year (YOY) to touch INR 1.67 trillion in 2018. It is expected to cross INR 2.35 trillion ($33.6 billion) by 2021, at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.6%, according to a FICCI and EY report. The movie industry, of course, is a major contributor to growth. Just one look at the index of films in leading film database websites will give you an idea of the huge business generated annually. The M&E sector is entering a phase of accelerated growth, powered by many factors including new video streaming platforms, the spread of regional content, growth of smartphones and penetration of affordable broadband. Truly, these are exciting times and a harbinger of the huge growth ahead for the M&E industry.

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This huge growth is likely to translate into a plethora of jobs and boost opportunities for students learning Animation, VFX, Gaming, Graphic Design, Web designer courses and UI/UX Design courses. In fact, the media and entertainment sector’s growth is directly proportional to the population growth, as virtually every individual consumes entertainment in some form or the other. In this context, it’s safe to say that a career in M&E offers a secure and stable future with strong potential for career growth.

Today, jobs in media and entertainment are becoming more and more attractive. In fact, exciting and rewarding job opportunities exist not just in M&E sector companies but across other businesses including Animation & VFX Studios, Gaming Studios, Film Production Houses, Television Channels, Content Production Companies, Advertising & PR Agencies, Digital Marketing Firms, IT & ITeS Enterprises, Infrastructure & Real Estate Companies, Education & Training Companies, Pharma Research Firms, Industrial Design Agencies and e-Commerce & e-Education companies to name a few.

While an Animation/VFX/Gaming fresher commands INR 25,000 – 30,000 per month as starting salary, Graphic and Web Design freshers command INR 20,000 – 25,000 per month in the job market depending on various factors including the recruiter, the job role and the candidate’s caliber. Importantly, as this is a highly creative field, the growth potential is unlimited. Exceptionally talented candidates with 5+ years of high-quality experience are well-positioned to attract six figures salaries and more.

Some of the big recruiters of digital media talent across industries include Walt Disney Studios, Amazon, Deloitte, HCL, Infosys, Microsoft, MPC, Technicolor, TCS, Prime Focus, Deluxe Digital, Cyient, Prana Studios, Makuta, Green Gold Animation, Reliance Digital, DQ Entertainment, Orient Blackswan, Thomson Reuters, Tech Mahindra and EA to name a few. All these companies are many sought-after companies offering rewarding jobs with tremendous scope for career growth.

The shift, or perhaps more appropriately, ‘Exodus’ from conventional career streams to Digital Media & Entertainment is visible and is gaining traction even as technology and trends unshackle growth.

P.S.: Watch out for our next blog “Enhancing Employability of Young India. Since 1998”, a narrative on how India’s best digital media academy has been playing the training game smartly to help its students avoid the “unemployability issues” plaguing fresh graduates of engineering and other mainstream disciplines in India.

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Creative Multimedia celebrates International Animation Day – Prestigious Pixellence awards throws spotlight on students of India’s leading Animation mentor.

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Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – International Animation day celebrations.

Creative Multimedia, ‘India’s Largest Digital Media Academy’ and winner of the Best Digital Media Academy in India Award celebrated ‘International Animation Day’ on Sunday, the 28th of October, 2018 at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad, Telangana. Leading lights of the Animation, VFX and Gaming industries graced the event to inspire students, share their insights, and present the coveted Pixellence awards to outstanding digital media talent.

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Suresh Eriyat, Founder of Studio Eeksaurus at Creative Multimedia -International Animation Day Celebrations.

Creative Multimedia has been passionately celebrating International Animation Day every year for the past 15 years with the aim of helping proliferating the craft and driving growth of the Animation sector in India. This landmark event has been attracting luminaries of the Digital Media Industry who have been passionately patronizing the initiative with a deep endeavour to inspire and enlighten the future game changers of the Animation industry. The event aims to bring Creative Multimedia students closer to the industry and to honour and encourage outstanding talent in Animation, VFX, Gaming, Web & Graphic Design.

The CEO & MD of Creative Multimedia Services, Raja Sekhar Buggaveeti delivered the inaugural address and renewed his commitment to ‘Enhancing Employability’. Addressing the students, he reminded them that Creative Multimedia affords the finest infrastructure, mentoring, value-additions and placements in the industry and urged them to take advantage of these privileges to pursue a successful career and bring laurels to the academy and the country.

This years’ International Animation Day Celebrations at Hyderabad had a star-studded invitee list comprising Suresh Eriyat-Founder of Studio Eeksaurus and the man behind the iconic Amaron Batteries Clay Animation Commercial, Peter Draper – Co-founder of Makuta, the studio behind the CGI-heavy blockbuster ‘Bahubali, and Rajat Ojha, Founder of Gamitronics. Rajiv Chilaka- CEO of Green Gold Animation couldn’t make it to the event but he greeted the students through a pre-recorded video and offered his best wishes to Creative Multimedia.

Animation maestro Suresh Eriyat delivers a spellbinding master session

Suresh Eriyat, Founder of Studio Eeksaurus

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Suresh Eriyat, Founder of Studio Eeksaurus and one of India’s most celebrated Animation professionals was the chief guest of the day. Reminiscing his childhood days and retracing his career path, he said that Animation was always his first love and that during the initial days of his professional career 20 years back when Animation was in a nascent stage in India, he was hard put to make Animation films despite his passion as there was little demand for the craft then. He screened an introduction montage of his best Animation works including commercials for B4U Movies, and Sulekha.com apart from the immensely popular Clay Animation commercials for Amaron Batteries and MTV to a reverberating applause.

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Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Spelling out his work ethic and citing examples from his past projects, he inspired students to always give their best, saying: “I’m a story teller first and I’ve always strived to do the best with every task, no matter how small or big. As young Animators with a promising career ahead, all of you must explore all mediums, especially the manual versions including stop motion animation and clay animation. Familiarize yourself with these fundamental mediums before mastering the animation software so as to strengthen your skills and build a strong foundation. As future artists, you must build your potential and harness your passion to make films that become benchmarks for Animation, not just in India but globally.”

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Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Suresh also screened two live action commercials that he created for popular chocolate brands Kit Kat and LuvIt. Post the screening, he recreated the entire post-production process of both films using the behind-the-scenes visuals to give students a glimpse into the process of drawings/sketches, shortlisting ideas, set construction, the lighting set-up, the wire work used to manipulate props and characters and the actual shoot.

His final presentation was a brilliant 12-minute Short Film created by his studio using the medium of Clay Animation. Revealing that the film has been in the making for 8 years now and explaining the extraordinary time and effort it takes to create just one second of high quality clay animation footage, he delved into the depths of the pre-production process with on-set, live-action coverage of the shoot and the behind-the-scenes visuals of the animatronics, the production design, prop design, the puppet mock-ups and their separate proportions for interior and exterior shots, references, miniature set design and the manual lighting and animation. It turned out to be an immersive master session for students who lapped up the presentation and joined their hands in a loud, rising chorus as a mark of honour for the master animator.

Encouraging students to raise questions, he initiated an interactive session towards the end of presentation and addressed a wide range of queries on the Animation process, his professional experience and career in the industry.

Rajat Ojha puts the spotlight on incredible career opportunities in the gaming space

Rajat Ojha, CEO of Gamitronics

Rajat Ojha, CEO of Gamitronics and a highly successful gaming industry veteran graced the event as a special guest. He interacted with students, shared valuable insights into the craft and offered powerful advice on pursuing, building and sustaining a career in the talent-hungry gaming industry.

He delivered a presentation titled ‘Animation in Games and Career Opportunities’. Commenting on the extraordinary potential that the Gaming industry offered for career aspirants he exclaimed: “The Gaming industry is by far the largest industry of all in the Digital Media and Entertainment space, offering 200+ unique career opportunities. The Indian Gaming industry comprising about 450+ Gaming studios is valued at INR 2000 crores, ranked 3rd globally in install rankings and is all set to add 62,000 jobs in India in the next 5 years with a projected growth rate of 16%. The fantastic growth potential of this virtually recession-free industry is enhanced by the vast demand-supply gap. All of you can expect a rewarding, high growth career ahead.”

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Presenting the showreel of Gamitronics and showcasing a range of popular games including Uncharted4, God of War, HeavyRain and MSG4, Rajat took students on a steep learning curve, elucidating with illustrations, the behind-the-scenes of the design, the animation types and process levels, in-game cinematics and new-age tools such as Motion Capture and Euforia which are now being widely used in many games to build virtual skeleton and muscles for characters. Stating that body mechanics and timing are critical skills required to achieving good results, he also dwelt on the vital software skills including Wwise Unity, 3D Studio Max, ZBrush and Photoshop.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Discussing career opportunities in the gaming industry, he advised students to follow a multi-pronged approach including registering at leading gaming events, regularly browsing online gaming job portals, joining industry groups and participating in various industry forums apart from other conventional methods. The presentation made for a great learning opportunity with invaluable career tips for students aspiring for a career in the rewarding, roller-coaster world of Gaming.

VFX virtuoso Pete Draper counsels VFX students

Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – International Animation day celebrations.

Pete Draper, the CGI veteran with several VFX-related books/tutorials to his credit and the co-founder of Makuta, the studio behind the CG of the hugely popular film Bahubali graced the event as a special guest. His presence at the event ensured that VFX students of Creative Multimedia got an opportunity to interact with a highly respected, experienced and knowledgeable veteran of the VFX industry.

Pete Draper, the CGI veteran and the co-founder of Makuta.

Pete allowed students a sneak peek into his best CG projects through a crisp showreel and held forth on a range of project-critical tools/effects including mapping filters, lighting, explosions, shading, GI walkthroughs and real time systems. Drawing from his vast experience spanning 25 years, he had several words of wisdoms for VFX students. Stressing on the importance of constantly evaluating oneself to improve skills, he offered: “your ability to create is inversely proportional to your ability to assess.”

Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – International Animation day celebrations.

In his brief yet informative presentation, Pete thoughtfully included a section on how to prep for a career in VFX. He addressed a range of FAQs including: How to get into the industry?, How to stand out from the crowd?, What’s most important to build a career in VFX? and ‘How to succeed? Narrowing down to the key factor – the showreel, he belted out 7 powerful ideas on crafting the perfect showreel that can help one stand out and compete for the big job. Stating that it takes time to succeed, he gave students his formula for success: Practice> Experiment> Fail> Practice> Repeat.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pete wrapped up his presentation by telling students: “Have fun! This is a creative field and a creative career.” And students did have loads of fun with Pete’s presentation, cheering animatedly as the VFX virtuoso left the stage.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

Pixellence awards 2018 – Arena Animation Dilsukhnagar – Creative Multimedia college of fine arts.

The celebrations ended with the coveted Pixellence Awards for excellence in Digital Media Art presented to the winners by Chief Guest Suresh Eriyat, Special Guest Rajat Ojha and Creative Multimedia CEO Raja Sekhar. Earlier on, scores of students submitted entries in various categories of Animation, VFX, Web and Graphics and competed for the awards. The entries were judged on 4 parameters: Concept, Design, Output Quality and Presentation.

Raja Sekhar Buggaveeti congratulated the winners and thanked all the guests for attending the event to make it a memorable success. Speaking to the press, Rajasekhar Buggaveeti, CEO and MD of Creative Multimedia said that Animation as a career is fast gaining ground with conventional streams such as Engineering registering a 70 to 80% failure rate of fresh graduates. Students are looking out for other options and Animation provides a great opportunity given its growth potential and career prospects.

 

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BFA Animation new batch students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts put up a spectacular art show, drawing big praise for their skills.

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HYDERABAD, NOVEMBER 27, 2016 – Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts organized an impressive art show in tribute to the legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee on his 76th birth anniversary.

The show was inaugurated by Mr. M. Jayanth Reddy, Grandmaster – Taekwondo and Guinness World Records holder who himself is a fan of the legendary Bruce Lee.
Mr. K.K. Senthil Kumar – Star cinematographer, Mr. S. Pradeep Kumar – Director, Academics & Planning, JNAFA University and Mr. S.N. Vikas – Principal, College of Fine Arts, JNAFA University were the Guests of Honour at the event held at the Nehru Art Gallery, JNAFA University, Masab Tank, Hyderabad.

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The art show featured extraordinary, true-to-life pencil sketches, paintings and abstracts of Bruce Lee by first year BFA Animation Arts Program students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts, Dilsukhnagar.

Mr. Jayanth Reddy, Grandmaster – Taekwondo appreciated the students on the outstanding works of arts, saying it was commendable that BFA Fine Arts students were able to demonstrate such artistic finesse in their very first year which indicates the high training standards of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts. Inspired by Bruce Lee to take up Martial Arts after watching his first film, Mr. Jayanth Reddy said that he travelled to over 100 countries to participate in various martial arts competitions and won over 46 world records, all thanks to the legendary Bruce Lee’s inspiring achievements and profound philosophies which propogated martial arts as not just a physical ability but also a mental skill.

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Mr. K.K. Senthil Kumar, cinematographer of such epic films as Magadheera and Bahubali congratulated students on their brilliant work and their special initiative. Remembering the legend, he said that Bruce Lee invented a new genre of martial arts films and ‘never-say-die’ spirit and his deep, life-enriching philosophies serve as a fountain of inspiration to people across the world, even 43 years after his death.

Mr. S. Pradeep Kumar – Director, Academics & Planning, JNAFA University was delighted at the high standards of art displayed by the Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts students saying they have done an excellent job and that the art show was a fitting, thoughtful tribute to Bruce Lee who not only revolutionized martial arts but also introduced the world to a new dimension of mind and body control.

Mr. S.N. Vikas – Principal, College of Fine Arts, JNAFA University said that we all remember Bruce Lee to this day only because of his inspiring personality. Referring to the exceptional drawing and painting skills of students, he said that he saw great potential and a bright future for all the BFA Animation students of Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts. He had special words of praise for one student who created an extraordinary abstract painting of Bruce Lee and said that Bruce Lee is a character that everyone can take inspiration from to become as successful like him.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Raja Sekhar Buggaveeti thanked the guests of honour for their encouragement to the students. Commenting on the observation of the guests that the portraits were of a very high standard, he said that BFA Animation students at Creative Multimedia College of Fine Arts are required to create portraits as part of their extensive skill enhancement programs every year and students chose Bruce Lee as their subject this year to honour the icon on his 76th Birth Anniversary.

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Dilsukhanagar Arena wins “Excellent Performance Award for Blood Donation and Motivation”

Dilsukhnagar Arena, India’s finest destination for world-class digital media education which enjoys a prolific reputation for winning academic excellence awards made news for a different reason: this time for being good human beings.

Students, staff and well-wishers of Dilsukhnagar Arena turned up in large numbers and actively volunteered for mega blood donation camps, thus helping save many precious lives.

In recognition of its contribution to blood donation programs conducted for the benefit of the needy, Dilsukhnagar Arena was awarded the “Excellent Performance Award for Blood Donation and Motivation”. On behalf of the students and staff, Dilsukhnagar Arena CEO,RajaSekhar Buggaveeti accepted the award which included a memento and a cup from the Honourable Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states in the presence of The President of AP Red Cross Society.

RajaSekhar thanked his students, staff and other volunteers at the camp for their generous act and stated:
“I am proud of my students and staff. Their acts of generosity are truly invaluable and I am happy that we are able to do some meaningful work that’s beneficial to society. Our academy is ready to support more such causes in the future. In fact, will be conducting another Blood Donation Camp shortly. The tremendous response to the Blood Donation Camps and the honour from the Governor and The AP Red Cross Society are truly motivating for our students and staff.”

The “Excellent performance award for Blood Donation and Motivation” this year is an acknowledgement of Dilsukhnagar Arena’s unwavering commitment to its corporate social responsibility.”

Raja Sekhar Buggaveeti receiving the Award from Governor Shri. Narasimhan

RajaSekhar Buggaveeti receiving the Award from Governor Shri. Narasimhan

Creative Multimedia Services Pvt. Ltd. is widely reputed as a game changer in the digital media education industry with its innovative mentoring and recruiter-driven training initiatives. The famed institution better known as Dilsukhnagar Arena has groomed thousands of students over the past 16 years and creating winning careers for them in the Animation, VFX, Web and Graphic Design space.

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