Careers in Animation
Animation is making of movies, games or cartoons by moving the drawings or models of animals or people with the help of computers or other electronic means. It is a rapid display of 2D or 3D images to create an illusion of motion. It is an art form in which inanimate objects are brought into life by sequencing the drawn images. Putting it precisely, animation is making of movies, games or cartoons by moving the drawings or models of animals or people with the help of computers or other electronic means.Animation is emerging a special form of media now days having grown into a multi-billion dollar industry generating a great scope of employment.
Students with excellent creativity and drawing skills can easily get into this field and pursue a career in animation. Creating an idea, developing it into a story script and giving technical assistance to it, are the procedures in making an animation. Demand for 2D and 3D animation that are created digitally are on rise.
2D Animation: 2 dimensional animation deals more with drawing and framing and is the basis of 3D animation. 2D animators work mostly on paper, creating frames to define a sequence that are then moved at varying speeds with the help of a software to create the illusion of motion. The process involves creating large number of drawings, and scanning them into the computer before they are sequenced by the software. Toonz Harlequin, Adobe Flash, CelAction, Animaker are some of the software's used for creating 2D animation characters.
Computer generated Imagery or 3D animation: 3D or three-dimensional animation, which has more depth and is more realistic, are a series of images/ objects created using computers or any other digital media. In addition to the skills in drawing, composition and character design, 3D animators deal with modeling, rendering, texturing and lighting. The texture, lighting and colour of the 3D objects are modified using software programmes and virtual cameras are used to focus, resize, zoom and illuminate the figures. This digital animation has the power to create effects not possible with Classical animation. Film, advertising, video and gaming are the fast growing fields for 3D animation. This technique makes extensive use of animation software programmes like 3ds Max (Autodesk), Softimage|XSI (Avid), MAYA (Autodesk) etc.
Animation as a profession does not need any qualification. Anybody with a flair of sketching and a passion for animation can make a hallmark in the profession. However degree and diploma courses are available in abundance, the minimum eligibility for which is plus two or equivalent.
Any graduate preferably arts graduate could apply for Post Graduation in animation. But some institutions such as Industrial Design Center (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Design (NID) follows eligibility criterion that only graduate of architecture, technology and engineering, fine arts can apply for the PG course in these institutes.
Besides, there are several professional courses that focus on various styles and techniques. These courses, i.e. Courses in Traditional animation, Stop-motion animation, Rotoscoping , Computer generated 3D and 2D animation etc help one to specialize in a particular area. One should also have a basic knowledge in computer handling.
Career Prospects in Animation
Indian animation industry though a late starter is on the threshold of a boom period and so has a great career potential. India has great mythological stories and characters, good artists and technicians. Numerous job opportunities are available in India as well as abroad in the exciting field of animation. It opens the door to film industries such as Hollywood, which is the world of special effects and imagery for films. Specialized computer knowledge and skills are essential for various jobs in the field of animation. It is a booming industry with wide job openings and one can work on full length animation movies or any other related fields like television, advertising industry etc. An Animated feature film, which offers considerable employment prospects, is a combined talented effort of a wide variety of artists.
The training institutes help the candidates in their placements. After finishing the in-house training in some leading animation production studio, you can be a junior animator and can start earning between Rs.12000 to Rs.14000. A senior animator with an experience of 3 to 5 years can take home a sum of Rs.25000 to Rs.35000. With experience one can demand salaries of 50,000 rupees as well.
Institutes Offering Courses in Animation
Amrita School of applied Arts and Sciences, Kochi; Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai; MAEER's MIT Institute of Design, Pune; National Institute Of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; Academy of Animation and Gaming, Noida; Animaster Animation Varsity, Bangalore; Birla Institute of Technology (Deemed University), Noida; Image College of Arts, Animation and Technology (ICAT), Chennai; Manipal University, Manipal; Media Village, Changanassery, (Kerala).