After reading Surbhi's and Mrinal's success stories, our friend Abhishek Verma obliged us by sharing his story with us! Thank you so much Abhishek for your generous contribution! Here it is
Admission to Animation in IDC , IIT BOMBAY.
I am Abhishek Verma, by profession I am an engineer but had a knack of scribbling and drawing and used to get inspired from realistic art, cinematography and good editing work in cinema.
I did my engineering in comp science then joined NOKIA SIEMENS R&D centre in Bangalore as an R&D engineer. I worked there for about 11 ½ months and then joined IDC, IIT Bombay in animation film design course now. Equally I keep deep interest in Hindi Cinema and Korean films.
Hobby: watching Hindi cinema, drawing, designing tattoos, posters, making short documentaries, editing, cinematography and exploring general place of interest.
Now moving to Animation in IDC, there are only 12-13 seats all India for specialization in animation course and getting into it have a three major steps.
a. CEED (Common entrance exam for design)
b. IDC written test(only 100 selected all India for this written test , based on CEED score/rank and cut off put by IITb).
CEED keeps changing its pattern every year so you can’t predict anything prior to examination, better to solve all previous years’ papers, it will provide youinsight, how the paper moves and how we have to change the thinking and way of preparing for the exam.
IDC written exam: It is also unpredictable, they will tell you design very common thing , which you may be seeing in everyday life, but never noticed. So from today keep an eye on everything…. Means be a good observer.:-). And for animation mainly Story board design, character design etc. will be given.
INTERVIEW (Most important)-15 min [TALK>SHOW YOUR WORK>DISCUSS]
Passion: Be passionate, if you try to fake them, they will get to know, so be truthful. Tell them what you have done before, tell them everything. Explain your interest, discuss your work- these things automatically reflects you passion and interest about this course of study.
Talk: If you get a chance for interview talk to the panel, they are really very nice, they will listen you. Do not be in haste and talk nasty, just talk to them as a introducing yourself to new friend.
Discuss: while talking , they will ask about your work you have showed or done. Just don’t give justification. Discuss. For example:- As I have worked in this play, I pen down the script keeping an idea of contemporary culture and retro culture prevailing in our society and living style…. Such and such.
Put your Ideas: This is very important as they select all India 13 people and you will find all of them from different background and idea. Some you will find from fine arts, engineer,architect, professional artist and many more. So when you will put your ideas, they will listen and ask you question concerning them. So if you are going to put your ideas, be sure it is your own idea. Avoid Copy and paste.
Show some of your good work: Here make sure that in 15 min of total time, keep your work (art, designs, and videos) maximum of 4-5 minutes, rest of the time do what I written above. Here also work should be your own. They make discuss your work in very detail. As I said that I do mime-so panel asked me to do mime. Be ready .
common things (MUST)
a. Be a good observer.
b. Draw any thing what you see.
c. Always keep a note book , so where ever you go you can draw.
d. Improve your perspective- how things look from different angles.
e. See good works of famous artists-know how
f. Keep all your works.
g. For portfolio-keep 10-15 drawings(max) and one video(animation/editing/cinematography) of 2-3 min(max).
h. Solve CEED papers.
i. Learn to draw story boards.
j. Read graphic novels.
k. Watch good films-animation and motion pictures.
l. General knowledge about Indian animation.
That’s all friends, all the best!
For any queries please write me on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see my portfolio in :www.coroflot.com/vermatisans
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