Career in Animation
Blockbuster movies like Kung Fu Panda, Ice Age, How to Train Your Dragon & Brave are perfect examples of the magic of animation. The animation industry has immense career scope for those who want to bring their creativity to life and tell interesting stories.
The Indian animation industry has a huge demand for trained & skilled animators. With world’s best animation studios like Disney, Sony Pictures & Turner Entertainment outsourcing animation content to India, animation industry is set to witness a boom in the coming years.
The animation industry provides various job opportunities, based on your interests and your creative inclination.
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- 3D modellers: 3D modellers create computer models of a particular object from all angles, so that the viewers can understand the object better. A 3D modeller is required in all sorts of industries including film & video production studios, game design companies, advertising & graphic design firms, software firms, medical animation, and product design firms.
- Character animator: A character animator develops characters and appropriate body movements to tell a story, be it for films, television, mobile applications or video games. In short, character animation is the process of bringing a character to life through software such as Flash, Maya, Light wave and other available programs.
- Motion graphics artist: Motion graphics artists are responsible for the creative process at different stages. He/she creates animated 2D & 3D images to portray motion. Motion graphics artist works in various mediums of media like internet, movies, commercial ads, movie trailers, broadcast titles, music videos, signage and content for mobile devices.
- Texture artist: A texture artist’s job is to create and apply texture, colour and three dimensional effects to animated characters, environment and props surrounding the character or the artwork. A texture artist needs to be a detail-oriented person as this process involves working on the finer nuances of the artwork such as wrinkles, fur, scales etc. Some of the most common software and rendering platform used by a texture artist are Photoshop, 3D Paint, UV Layout/Editing, RenderMan, Mental Ray, Maya, Shaders, and Houdini.
- Lighting artist: A lighting artist works with lighting department to create the correct light and shadow effects to make a scene realistic & flawless. Lighting artists work for animation studios, gaming companies, production studios, advertising agencies, graphic and web design firms.
- Â Rigging artist: A rigging artist needs precision & an eye for detail. He/she is responsible for adding bones and skins to an animated character. He/she has to work in sync with modellers and animators to develop new technique to solve production challenges and make believe character movements possible.
- Storyboard artists: Storyboard artists provide a visual representation of a sequence/film by drawing frame by frame sketches by hand or on a computer. He/she has to present the action in a series of scenes, which allows filmmakers, advertisers and producers to evaluate the project before the start of production. Storyboard artists work with films, television commercials, animation studios, gaming studios and in the advertising industry.
- Compositing artist: A compositing artist is one of the most important players for the post production process, who gives finishing touches to the project. Their job is to creatively combine all the elements received from various teams in to the final output. Compositing artists may use software such as Adobe After Effects, Nuke, Motion, Combustion or others to provide the final output.
Career in VFX
Are you awestruck every time you watch Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Skyfall, Life of Pi or Madagascar 3? Does your jaw drop at the sight apes behaving like humans in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes or when Tobey Maguire is overpowered by the new black suit in Spiderman 3? The credit for the success of these movies goes to talented visual effects artists from India, who ensured that the VFX of these movies looked realistic and believable to the audience.
Today many Indian VFX and animation studios are working for some of the top Hollywood movies, with Bollywood and the rest of the Indian film industry catching up fast. In recent times, South Indian movies like Makkhi (Eega) and the recent Rajinikanth starrer, Kochadaiiyaan have set new standards for the Indian VFX industry. These rapid developments in the visual effects industry are, in turn, creating huge demand for trained visual effects artists.
Along with the film industry, the gaming industry is one of the most common avenues for VFX artists.
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- Matchmoving artist: A matchmoving artist works on inserting computer generated graphics in live action footage and match those movements in 3D. Their responsibility is to ensure that the animated objects, when inserted in the live action footage, look seamless and perfectly match the scene, so that viewers believe that character graphics elements are an actual part of the live footage.
- Compositor: Compositors are responsible for the final animation or film project by combining layers of related material, which include rendered computer animation, special effects, graphics, 2D animation and live action. Compositing artists may find work at film and video production studios, animation studios, gaming companies or advertising agencies.
- Roto artist: Rotoscoping is the process of manually altering video or film footage one frame at a time. Roto artists are responsible for tracing areas of live action frames where computer graphics will overlap or interact with live images.
- Pre-vis artist: A pre-visualization artist, more commonly known as a pre-vis artist, is responsible for visualizing complex scenes before the actual shooting. This can be done through images drawn by hand or by using digital technology. Pre-visualization helps a director to get a clear idea of a sequence and the final camera movements before the actual production starts.