Animation is one of the popular career option these days with a high salary, career growth and an opportunity to showcase creativity.
What is Animation?
In raw terms, Animation is something that gives life to a picture. Animation has seeped into our lives enchanting children and adults alike. It worked its way from cartoons that bring joy to commercials that sometimes annoy us with repetition and into movies that enhance our own imaginations. Animation, to delve into a more technical definition, means “motion created by rapid movements of images in a sequence.”
Chuck Jones quotes
Animation means to invoke life not imitate it.
Though we take inspiration from life around with our imagination, we create worlds that are indigenous to us and providing an escape to those who need an escape from real life.
At present, the term career has broadened from the conventional doctors, engineers, accountant and lawyers to creative fields that require out of the box thinking. The animation is further categorized into the following:
require out of the box thinking. Animation is further categorized into the following
|Traditional Animation||Used in the 20th century for motion picture films. Images are drawn on multiple acetate sheets, with one image slightly different from the next, so when photographed will give an illusion of movement|
|Stop Motion Animation||Uses real-world objects and physically manipulates them to create a change in position. Less expensive and time taking|
|Computer Animation||Animation made through computer and computer software. Includes 2D and 3D|
Who can become an Animator? (Qualifications)
Drawing and computer knowledge are a necessity. There are both diploma courses and undergraduate courses in animation. Some of the Diploma courses are Diploma in animation arts, Diploma in Fusion Animation and VFX, Advance Diploma in 3D animation and Game art.
These diploma and Undergraduate courses require a minimum qualification of intermediate(10+2) in any field.
Qualities needed to become an Animator
Qualifications are necessary to acquire new skills whereas qualities as these below are required to develop and sustain that skill
- It is tedious and time-consuming and hence requires a lot of patience.
- It is both art and science. Artistic skills are necessary to create something while science is required to strip down a thing for understanding its mechanics.
- One should be passionate and determined to go through blocks.
- Observation – Seeing things to the smallest detail and analyzing them to have a better understanding
- Imagination- To create unique and out of the box ideas
- Having an understanding of the anatomies of the human body, animal life, the nature around and also the anatomy of the non-living things.
- Creating a proper outline is the first and most important step as it gives an idea of where to start.
Universities offering Courses in Animation
Universities in India
- VIT University
- National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
- Amity University, Mumbai
- Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects
- PA Inamdar College of Visual Effects, Design and Art
- IIFA Multimedia
- MIT Institute of Design, MIT Art, Design and Technology University
- Arena Animation – Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Noida
- Picasso International Animation, VFX and Gaming College – Delhi, Hyderabad, Ghaziabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Udaipur
- Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada
- California Institute of Arts, California
- School of Visual arts, New York City, New York
- SAE Institute, Sydney, Australia
- Animation Mentor (Online Animation School)
The fee for the courses above ranges from 30,000 – 50,000, while some may even cost beyond one lakh. The fee structure depends on the University or the Institute. The remuneration after securing a job ranges from a minimum of 8000-12000 to somewhere in between 40,000-60,000 and it can also go up to lakhs depending on the skill acquired, job description and uniqueness of creation.
Scope after completion of Animation courses
Animation with its roots in various forms of life has provided for more career opportunities in the following
- Online and Print News Media
- Television and Film Making
- Video Gaming
- 2 D Animator
- 3 D Animator
- Story Board Artist
- Background Artist
The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible – Arthur C. Clarke