"Sky is the limit to your creativity". With the advancement in technology in the field of animation this proverb has lost its relevance, because with the help of modern animation techniques and technologies, creativity has now reached new heights. Creativity in the field of animation has touched new milestone in western countries and is now beginning to show its presence in India too. These are the words of Mr. S. Ateeq (Director - JIDA). Here I am not going to discuss about the career options in animation, the available possibilities, the NASSCOM Report, the future prospects in this field..., these topics have already been discussed a lot in number of publications and write-ups.

Here, I want to tell solely about the essence of animation, because, looking to the endless possibilities in this field thousands of students are being attracted to it. But due to non-availability of knowledge about the animation subject, time and money are wasted. It is very important to understand the core of the subject, before opting the subject.

The process of animation can be divided into three parts:

  1. Pre-Production
  2. Production
  3. Post-Production
In all the three processes, there are various teams that work on different processes. And this is where you can fit in yourself by selecting and specializing in the field of your choice and making a career out of it. Based on the three processes of film making, I am listing out various possibilities or fields for you to know and decide and then go on to specialize in one particular field of your choice.

  1. Script Writing, Story Boarding, Character Designing.
  2. Modeling:- Character Modeling, Environment Modeling, Props Modeling.
  3. Texturing:- Coloring the models and working on Matte Paintings.
  4. Lighting:- Deciding and creating Lighting Setups.
  5. Rigging & Skinning:- It is a processes through which a 3d model undergoes before it is animated.
  6. Cinematography:- Deciding camera angles and animations based on scenes and dialogs.
  7. Animation:- Infusing life to 3D models through key-framing, scripting and motion capture.
  8. Visual & Special Effects:- With the use of various available plug-ins we create the effects such as explosions, tornados, earthquakes etc.
  9. Rendering:- Rendering creates a 2D image or animation based on your 3D scene. It shades the scene's geometry using the lighting you've set up, the materials you've applied, and environment settings such as background and atmosphere.
  10. Sound and Video Editing:- The rendered output is then edited and sound mixing is done.

In the end, I would like to share with the students who are willing to make a career in this field, since it is a growing industry, the future is very bright. New companies are coming up, salaries are good and the best part is that you are judged only and only by your work potential. Degrees, diplomas or even the institute from which the candidate has completed his course does not hold any value.

So, all you need is creativity and passion and the right guide i.e., (institute) to lead you to the correct path.... because everything you need, be it, smart salary, a glamorous job with security and satisfaction, is all here in this field.

S. Ateeq


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