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.
According to industry experts, animation straddles three robust and rapidly developing sectors like:
- Electronic Entertainment (Computer Gaming)
- Broadcast/Film Industry
- 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.
Other job titles include:
- Animation Director
- Art Director
- CG Supervisor
- Character Designer
- Cloth Simulation Artist
- 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
- 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
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.