“Make Your Thoughts Move” – Design a Career in Animation

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Everyone knows Mowgli, Chhota Bheem, Hanuman and many other animated characters and films like Avatar, Eega, Kung Fu Panda and the latest visual wonder Bahubali... Do you know where these characters were born? Do you know the hand behind creating these visual wonders? The answer for all these questions is “Animation” – Its one of the fastest growing career options in our country. In recent times, it is providing huge scale of job opportunities to professionally trained animators. The doors are always open to creative and talented animators. So, let us know more about animation and the various institutes offering animation as a course in India.
BavithaAll about Animation...
Giving life to a prodigy’s character is the art of animation. It is the process by which we see still images move. Animation is making of movies, games or cartoons by moving the drawings or models of characters with the help of computers or other electronic means. Two Dimensional Animation (2D) and Three Dimensional Animation (3D) are main techniques in animation. Clay Animation, Puppet Animation, Sand Animation are some other techniques. The 2D and 3D animations can be created digitally.

Animator work....
The steps involved in the animation process are Idea development, Pre-production, Production, and Post-production. During the idea development process, the characterization of the characters takes place. These ideas are changed to layout. Under pre-production process, Script writing, Story boarding, Character development, Backgrounds, Layout designing, Animatics and Voice will take place. After completion of Scanning, Composing, Background preparation and Coloring works... Sound recording, Color editing, Testing, Special sound effects are added in production stage. In the final stage i.e., post-production, Editing, Special effects, Color corrections, Composing, Voice, music editing and rendering works will takes place.

Animation Courses....
There are many private institutes in India which are offering Post-graduation, Graduation, Diploma and Certificate Courses in animation. You will be trained particularly in Animation Styles, Techniques related to Stop Motion Animation, Rotoscoping, Computer Generated 3D, 2D Animation, Clay Motion, Photoshop, Human Anatomy and Drawing skills.

Qualifications required are...
Basic sketching skills and interest towards animation are enough for being a good animator. But, it is necessary for you to undergo training to become a professional animator. A Diploma or Degree in animation is a requisite for forging ahead and making a place for you in the industry. The minimum eligibility to join in an animation course is a pass in 12th standard in any stream. The graduates can join in post-graduation courses in animation. Institutes like Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Design are providing animation courses for engineering and architecture graduates.

Skills required for an animator...
You need not be a master at drawing or art but you should know the basics of drawing and sketching skills. You need to sharpen your drawing skills further before you plunge into the world of animation. You must be creative in your thoughts and good at imagination. Remember, you are going to work with a team of animators on a project for days. So, it is necessary for you to have good communication skills and the ability to work with a team. You should work with commitment, patience and discipline. If you have knowledge on Computer Design Software, C++ and Java Programming... it will be an added advantage. Having a little bit of idea on lighting, photography is a plus.

Job Opportunities in Animation field...
There are huge numbers of opportunities in India as well as in other countries for animators. There are different departments where you can work as an animator such as, Advertising, TV Broadcasting, Film, Games, Architecture, Web, Education, Scientific Applications, Space Explorations, Medical Imaging, Computer Aided Designing and Engineering, Corporate Communications. Now-a-days, you can also see the necessity of animators in the film industry. There will be around 500 animators who will be working for an animation film. Increase in opportunities for the animators in the filmy dunia could be the main reason for the growth of animation industry.

Salaries for Animators...
The employability in this career is very satisfactory. It is a good paying professional course. Salary in this field depends on the skills and creativity of ones. A fresher can expect a start of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 depending on their skills. After gaining an experience of 3 to 5 years, you can get salary worth Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month. With an increase in experience you can see a growth in your income from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 or more.

Colleges/Institutes in India:
Various universities and institutes offer degree and diploma courses in animation. Some of the major ones include....
  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.
  2. The Indian Institute of Digital Art & Animation, Kolkata.
  3. Arena Animation.
  4. Global Institute of Gaming and Animation, Chennai.
  5. Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics.
  6. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
  7. International Academy of Computer Graphics.
  8. Picasso Animation College, New Delhi.
  9. FX SCHOOL, Mumbai.
  10. Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.
  11. Prism Multimedia.
  12. Academy of Animation and Gaming (AAG), New Delhi.
  13. Animaster.
  14. Frame Box, New Delhi.
  15. The Toonz – Webel Academy, Kolkata.
  16. Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.

BavithaFreshers in this field have huge number of job opportunities. Students can opt for Short Term Diploma (SAM) or BMM (Bachelor's Degree) or M.Sc. (Master's Degree) in animation. After studies, they can work as an Animator intern, Stop Motion Animator intern, Video Game Designer intern, Character Animator intern, Storyboard Artist intern etc. Some of the animation companies are DQ Entertainment, Makuta Effects Pvt. Ltd, Tech Mahindra, Sun TV Network Ltd, Green Gold Animation Pvt. Ltd, Tab Caps SoftTech Pvt. Ltd and many others. The starting package for freshers would be from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 depending upon the company's requirement.
- Satyanarayana Lakkaraju
Principal, International Academy of Computer Graphics (IACG)

Animation as a career option is a field where you can enjoy your work and feel satisfied at the end of the day. So, follow your heart and give life to your imaginations.... Good Luck!!
Published on 6/4/2016 12:38:00 PM

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