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AnimationXpress :: Takshaa gets Edexcel accreditation for indigenously created program

Posted in Press by takshaa on June 10, 2009

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Having taken a pure and classical approach to animation education, Bangalore based ‘TAKSHAA – Academy of the Artist’ has achieved a first of sorts, with its indigenously developed program receiving the internationally renowned Edexcel accreditation. TAKSHAA is now an independent BTEC center and now offers the Accredited by Edexcel certification to all its students. In addition, TAKSHAA is planning to offer the prestigious HNC (Higher National Certificate) in the future.

“At Takshaa, we have always put in 100% effort to ensure that our students have access to the best resources that we can provide. From the best faculty, infrastructure and training to now the accreditation we have made sure that our students are always on the cutting edge. The Edexcel accreditation to our program validates our approach and training methodology. We can now ensure that our students have a qualification accredited by an awarding body that is recognized in over 110 countries including the US and UK. This makes Takshaa currently the only college in the country to offer such a qualification.” Shared Takshaa Founder Manu Ittina.

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Business Standard

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Our Bureau / Bangalore October 05, 2005
Manu Ittina, the animation artist who worked on Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Madagascar’, has set up his studio complex Ittina in Bangalore.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Manu Ittina said the facility, located at Whitefield, would see animation artists from across the globe coming together to produce extremely quality television commercials, creature effects and next generation video game cinematics. For the project, the other principle creative professionals include Bill Miller and Ruturaj Arolkar.

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Financial Express : Superior technology key to developing top-end animation studios

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009

Posted: 2006-05-20 00:00:00+05:30 IST
Updated: May 20, 2006 at 0000 hrs IST

: The Ittina Animation Studios is a studio with state-of-the-art creative, technical and production capabilities and the goal to foster a new generation of animation storytelling in India.

Manu Ittina, who set up the studio in October 2005 in India, has worked with Dreamworks on Hollywood blockbusters like ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Madagascar’. Takshaa, the new educational division of the studio can accommodate up to 250 students and boasts of a state-of-the-art lab equipped with 100 high-end workstations.

Takshaa, spread across 15,000 sq feet, has the potential to become one of the largest computer animations schools in the country. According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), India has presently a very thin slice of the $50 billion global animation industry pie, at about 300 million.

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Hindu : Make Art Jump To Life

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009

Make art jump to life

Rasheed Kappan

Students of animation have to master digital compositing, lighting, lip sync and much more.

Photo: AP

Watching illustrated characters get life, walk, run, talk, act like all of us is a fascinating sight to behold.

Movies of the likes of Finding Nemo, Bug’s Life and Toy Story had our hearts go out for those adorable moving figures. Behind these remarkably enticing works of art lies a dynamic, extremely creative field called animation.

If you have the imagination, the drive to make art jump to life, the field has tremendous potential. Of course, only if you are a professional trained in the intricacies of the ever-evolving subject.

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Hindu: Bringing Hollywood quality to Indian animation

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009



DREAM WORK: Manu Ittina. Photo: Murali Kumar K. Manu Ittina, director of Ittina studio, an animation studio in Bangalore returned from Dreamworks, after a five year stint in Hollywood, to set up Takshaa, an animation training institute. Education Plus quizzed him on the scope of the industry in India.

What prompted you to give up a career in DreamWorks and return to India?

India, with its artistically rich and diverse culture has tremendous potential to make good animation. The industry here is relatively young and has a promising future and I feel that I am gaining a lot by coming back here. I have worked for various high quality animation films and have even received onscreen credit for Shrek 2 and Madagascar as Character Animator and I wanted to bring the same quality focus and high end work to this country. I can now use this opportunity to tell our Indian stories to the world in a manner that is respected and loved. In this sense I have not really given up on a career but taken it a step further.

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Hindu: Drawing Inspiration

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Four differently-abled youngsters studying in a Bangalore animation school are all set to prove that nothing can stop them from getting what they want

PHOTO: K. GOPINATHAN

DRAWING INSPIRATION Their hearing impairment has not in any way dampened their enthusiasm for learning

Their lines are lucid and they are most articulate with the pencil firmly tucked between their fingers or the mouse under their palm. Harsh Todi, Nupur Mehul Gandhi, Mathew Kurian, and Anvitha Arun are a tight-knit group of students who thoroughly enjoy their artwork at Takshaa Academy for The Artist — an animation school in Whitefield.

The fact that they have different levels of speech and hearing impairment has not in any way dampened their enthusiasm and love for animation, drawing, and an exciting career possibility in this thriving field. When they approached Takshaa for admissions and had their portfolios reviewed, Executive Director Manu Ittina was totally blown away. “They all showed such pronounced imagination abilities. There is an aspect of art which is supposed to be therapeutic, and so their creativity is more pronounced,” says Manu.

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Interview of Manu Ittina in The Hindu

Posted in Press by takshaa on May 20, 2009
Manu Ittina

Manu Ittina

Interview of Manu Ittina in The Hindu

All animated about the future
The Hindu – Sept 14th 2005

Manu Ittina dreams big for a 25-year-old. The animator, who has made his mark in Hollywood, is now dreaming of turning India into a destination for original animation.

You seen Marty the zebra making an announcement on the shell-microphone? Or Alex the lion making faces as he chokes and spits out grass he ate, in the animation film Madagascar? Then think Bangalore boy. It may be a jungle out there in Hollywood’s animation land, but Manu Ittina, at 25, is the Mowgli of this domain.

Young, ambitious, learning and experimenting, this animator is back in his hometown with big plans of setting up an animation school, a studio, and a film production company.

Manu grew up just like all of us, watching Tom and Jerry on TV and worshipping Jungle Book and its characters. But he never really understood what it would take to make such a film. So when the runaway hit Toy Story came along, Manu, who was 17, was totally blown away by the mind-boggling animation. Slogging away at his computer science P.U. course, he decided he won’t ever be able to forgive himself if he didn’t study animation. He must be feeling good now, having worked on superhits such as Madagascar and Shrek-2. MetroPlus catches up with this young Turk over a cuppa at Royal Orchid Central at Manipal Centre.

Microscopic numbers

“As Indians we don’t have much of an animation vocabulary,” says Manu. Even today, though there is a perception that a lot of Indians are tucked away in Hollywood’s studios, he says most of them are in the technical sections. “The community of character animators is still microscopic.”

And it is this thought that brings Manu back from the lucre and lure of Hollywood. “I really love animation and want India to be a destination of original and indigenous animated work, not just outsourcing. Outsourcing is a sign of short-sightedness.”

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