“Animation offers a medium of story-telling and visual entertainment, which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney
Conventional Vs New Age Animation:
Emerging Animation Careers:
With advances in technology and digitisation on the rise, the field of Animation is continuously evolving and has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. While cartoons usually attract children, animated films like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Despicable Me’ get the attention of people from all age groups. Considering all of this, animation aspirants can see a bright future in this profession if they’re ready to put their heart and soul into it.
Here’s a sneak peek into some of the new-age and trending career options in the field of animation!
They are the creators of characters and backgrounds for video games, 3D movies and images. They use variety of different computer software programs and tools to create models for websites, graphics, animation, film effects, simulations, broadcast design, special effects, characters and props for film and television effects. These geniuses also make models for scientists, architects, engineers and more.
With the growing demand and advances for 3D modeling, a deep understanding of software and applications with an artistic bent of mind is what a 3 Modeler needs.
Career Prospects: One can work with film and video production studios, game design companies, advertising and graphic design firms, web design firms, software companies, architecture firms, laboratories (both science and medical), colleges and universities, product design firms, interior design firms, building technology firms and real estate companies.
Render Wrangler is a newly added career option associated with computer graphic industry. A Wrangle monitors and controls the rendering process, monitors the computers and communicates with the animators, producers, supervisors, resource managers, coordinators, and other artists across various departments. Wrangler is the last person who sees the animation before its final output to film and video.
Career Prospects: He/she can work in animation studios, motion picture and video production studios, or gaming companies.
Are you awestruck every time you watch the dragons fight in ‘How to Train your Dragon’ or Tobey Maguire flying from one building to another in the ‘Spiderman’ franchise or the apes behaving like humans in the ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’? All of this would not look realistic without the magic of VFX. VFX or Visual Effects are a way of mixing real film shooting with animated images. For instance, a movie that shows the hero jumping off the ground and flying into the air is created using VFX.
Career Prospects: Can work in the film industry, match moving artist, compositor, roto artist, pre-vis-artist and gaming industry.
Creativity, meticulousness and an eye for detail – all are associated with the process of character rigging. The character riggers use computer programs to form skeletons by creating a series of bones that deform and animate specific parts of the character. They also contribute to developing tools for animation production processes, collaborate with modelers and animators, and help in finding a solution for character production challenges.
Career Prospects: A character rigger can work in animation studios, game design companies, web design firms and computer software companies.
They are the creators of eye-catchy animation to enhance everything from banners to websites with the help of various software such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Flash, Creative Suite, and Dreamweaver (formerly Macromedia Dreamweaver), 3DS Max, and After Effects. They are a powerhouse of excellent design, art and layout skills and also have command over high-end 3D packages.
Career Prospects: Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the job market for a flash animator will grow up to 13 percent by the year 2018 and it is a positive sign for the entire animation industry. As per the FICCI KPMG 2015 report, the year 2014 saw the value of VFX grow to the highest at 22 percent, followed by post-production at 15 per cent, animation production at 9 percent and animation services at 1 per cent.
They are responsible for creating photorealistic textures for mapping onto 3-D modeled character, object or environment. They use a variety of software, platforms to create textures for environment, character, objects and props for animated films, TV shows or video games such as Photoshop, 3D Paint, UV Layout/Editing, RenderMan, Mental Ray, Maya, Shaders, and Houdini. They also use digital matte painting techniques and create textures.
Career Prospects: Texture artists work in animation studios, film and video production studios, for game companies, web design companies, graphic design firms, advertising firms, and even mobile technology companies.
The list doesn’t end here! Cartoonist, Animator, Digital Painter, Effects Animator, Concept Artist, Character Animator, Video Game Designer, Animation Director, Compositing Artist, Forensic Animator and Mathematical Modeler are some of the other trending career options in the market these days. So, if the world of colours and paints ignites you or you are a computer geek with an immense sense of creativity, the time is now to let your imagination speak and excel your potentials in the domain of Animation!