How to develop a career in multimedia and animation

How to develop a career in multimedia and animation

How to develop a career in Multimedia and animation??

Apparently, one of the most frequently asked question in this decade.

In last couple of decades, India witnessed an unprecedented growth in fields of animation, vfx or multimedia as a whole. With staggering percentage of youth joining workforce and growing popularity of animation and vfx in almost all industries across the globe is creating a humongous demand for animation, vfx or multimedia as alluring career options. As per Mr. Subrata Roy, Director of a leading animation production house; “every year the percentage of students applying for animation courses in Kolkata is vastly increasing. Both awareness and acceptability of animation as a credible career options is growing with release of Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters every year. Besides that, a significant share of present student force feels most comfortable with modern technology and varied OS platforms.” This however is helping making animation and multimedia emerge itself as one of the most appealing career options for youngsters.

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According to industry experts, animation straddles three robust and rapidly developing sectors like:

  1. Electronic Entertainment (Computer Gaming)
  2. Broadcast/Film Industry
  3. Professional Visualization and Simulation

According to Mr. Manoj Bose, Production Head of Hi-Tech Film & Broadcast Academy; “there is a colossal demand for professional animators in all aforementioned categories. During recruitment we mostly prefer candidates with either creative or technical expertise”. According to Mr. Bose some people specialize in the art of animation while other chose to become technical directors. He also added, “This is why we exclusively impart production relevant training to students enrolled at our institutional segments.”

Below is a brief glance at some of the job descriptions you might encounter in a typical production house/ animation studio:

  • 2D Animators: use drawing, composition and perspective to create illustrations, line of action, structure and basic anatomy. 2D animators may work in areas as varied as animation, character design, background/ prop designing, clean up, doping, modeling, slugging and story boarding (Preproduction).
  • 3D Animators: Professionals specialized in 3D Animation use software tools and rigs to accomplish things like that of 2D animators. 3D animators create a live and animated acting performance to bring a character to life through movements and expressions and that too regardless of medium.
  • Character FX (Hair/ cloth/ fur) artists: They are mostly responsible for the simulation of character effects like cloth, hair and fur. An expertise in character FX helps to augment the realistic value of the actual character. They develop tools to enhance the pipeline. A knowledge of Maya, rigging tools and surface modeling techniques is essential for this.
  • Lighting artists: Animators specialized in lighting plays a crucial part in real time production pipeline. Imagine our planet without sun for a day and you can realize the importance of 3D lighting in animation. When animators animate the characters/ object, lighting artists lend the spice to the final output. For a career as animator, especially as lighting artists; one needs to have basic concept of lights and shadows, midtones, composition and psychological influence of light in human psychology.
  • Matte Painters: design environments based on the story and script. They are painters and artists who can conceptualize and visualize ideas including complex backgrounds, landscapes and environments. They use tools like Photoshop, Maya and Renderman.
  • 3D Modelers: Create 3D models of characters and settings based on preliminary graphics or animatics.
  • Roto artists: This job vastly comprised of three work to embed an animated character into a live-action scene and/or enhance the sense of depth (such as putting a character behind a tree).
  • Storyboard artists: are practically 2D animators who interpret scripts into images that best convey the story. They plan and coordinate images from thumbnails for planning shots to final storyboards that visually demonstrate how the story will develop.

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Other job titles include:

  • Animation Director
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • CG Supervisor
  • Character Designer
  • Cloth Simulation Artist
  • Compositor
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Effects Designer
  • Environment Designer
  • Fur/Feathers FX Artist
  • Layout Artists
  • Layout Technical Director (TD)
  • Modeling Supervisor
  • Modeling TD
  • Pre-Vis Artist
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Rigging Supervisor
  • Rigging TD
  • Roto Artist
  • Shading TD
  • Shading/Texture Supervisor
  • Texture Artist
  • Video Game Animator
  • Video Game Artist
  • Video Game Designer
  • Video Game Engineer
  • Video Game Producer
  • Video Game Programmer
  • Video Game Technical Director
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Water FX Artist

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The best way to get information about specific skills and requirements for various types of animation jobs is to keep an eye on job listings. Most spell out the requirements in great detail along with specialized training or experience that might be necessary.

You can also find jobs on several job portals dealing with animation/ multimedia production houses. Last, but not the least, all studios and game development companies post job listings on their websites.

 

 

 

 

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How to win over debates?

Debate is all about intellectual exhibition of your knowledge and beliefs. In ancient times debate used to be treated as an effective faculty at King’s court. Debate is a sheer manifestation of sanity and rationality. Nothing seems more appealing than a man/ woman driven by logic and sanity of mind. Since long people with debatable attribute are much in demand in every spheres of life. Be it Socrates, Chanakya, Birbal or even Elizabethan Portia (as described by The Bard himself).

Technically,debate involves more of politics than logic. Dialectic has always been the key for any solemn debate sessions.

This article is intended to suggest some key factors essential to win over any debate sessions.

  • Eye for knowledge: the most essential attribute needed to win over a debate is your inquisitiveness. In a world full of followers, it’s our inquisitiveness that gives us an added advantage over others. Our inquisitiveness helps us to explore spaces of life and our individual minds. Debatable characteristic emerges from the ambit of our individual knowledge and wisdom. Remember, all human brains are hardwired to act or judge as per precincts of their knowledge. So always keep replenishing your mind with more and effective knowledge.

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  • Listen: Ears to see, eyes to hear- yes, our ears can do wonders if we could apprehend the virtue of listening. A good speaker is the one who listens. How can you win a debate without being a good listener?

 

  • Note: Have you ever heard the term “dream incubators”? They are people who love to incubate their dreams for varied reasons. Writing or taking note is the only way how we can incubate our dreams. Most successful entrepreneurs, leaders, bureaucrats have confessed about their habit of taking notes. It’s as good a habit as washing hands before eating. Notes help us to recapitulate, analyze, apprehend, secure and use information for imperative use.

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  • Frame: is the dish on which we serve the food, named logic. This is the way how we want to position or place our logic. One of the most crucial aspect of debate is to direct your opposition towards your desired conclusion. Framing helps in channelizing the interaction or monitoring the course of debate. Better the framing better is your chances to nail your opponent.

 

  • Synthesize: Synthesis is a key attribute which will propel you ahead of your league. During any debate session, we synthesize our knowledge and experience to exploit the thought process of our opponents. It is said that human brain is the only organ in our body which manifests the layers of human evolution. The oldest part of our brain is called reptilian brain which caters our instincts, followed by limbic brain guides our feelings and emotions. While the outer most layers is called neo cortex, it is responsible for rational thinking and actions. While debating we synthesize our knowledge and experience in a way that will affect these aforementioned brain layers of our opponents.

 

  • Deliver: This is the most crucial factor of any debate sessions. As no matter how logical you are or how good research had been- unless you deliverance is appealing, you can never win a debate sessions. Every interaction or debate sessions is a one is to one bargaining game, where the dominant player is most likely to win the game. Hence, domination of your opponent can augur you further towards your triumphant glory. You may do this by proper voice, intonation, body language, pronunciation and eye movement. People listen to what you say, but to make a people think give a pause amidst your sentences. These pauses make your listeners analyze and apprehend your sentences. Even there are techniques like palm down gesture and sudden glance at the top hairline of your opponent often plays a significant role in rob your opponent off his/ her confidence.

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  • Show Gratitude: ‘Thank you’ when combined with a smile is said to have a tremendous psychological impact on the person saying it or the person for whom the gratitude is meant to be. Gratitude is said to be the primeval virtue possessed by all leaders. So in order to prove your worth.

 

 

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