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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Planning for Engineering after HS?

Planning for Engineering after HS?

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From April, the premium processing of H1B visas, the permits that enable skilled foreigners to be employed in the United States, will be suspended for six months. This move is most likely to affect thousands of Indian nationals, predominantly in the $150 billion Indian information technology industry.

Shares of prominent tech firms like Wipro and Infosys faced the expected plunge. This appalling bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives with the objective to increase the minimum annual salary to qualify for an H1B viSA FROM $60,000 (Rs. 40 Lakhs) to at least $130,000 (Rs. 87 Lakh). Indian tech firms have long been accused of misutilizing H1B visas to hire Indian workers for less than it would cost to hire an American.

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85,000 H1B visas are made available each year which includes 20,000 reserved for workers with advanced degrees. Since the number of applicants for H1B is way more than visas available, both employees and companies take their chances in a lottery. Other than unprecedented downturns like that of in the year 2008, there is no exception to this gambling. The suspension of the premium process, which permits firms to pay a $1225 (Rs.82,000) fee to expedite applications, is ostensibly to clear a backlog. Last year, Indian workers accounted for 70% of the 85, 000 available H1B visas, with Indian firms receiving 17000 visas, or 20% of the total.

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Not only working professionals but also students planning to pursue engineering in and after 2017 are going to be the worst sufferers. According to data from the Washington-based Pew Research Center shows that India is the largest contributor of migrants in the world. Most favorite destination for most migrants is the US or the UAE. India is also the largest immigrant population of the world.

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15.6 million people born in India who make their homes in other countries. Compared with 12.3 million Mexicans and 9.5 million Chinese.

3.5 million Indian-born people living in the UAE, about 33% of the population. 940,444 migrants to the UAE come from Egypt, the second highest contributor.

$69 billion money sent by NRIs back to India, the highest of any country.

3% average proportion that migrates. Despite the largest numbers, India falls below this average less than 2% leave the country.

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Indian tech students and professionals are about to suffer the most because of this bill. Consequentially, students appearing for higher secondary 2017 are at the hamletsque juncture of “to be or not to be an engineer”. 

My brother- in- law works in Silicon valley. The bill however have jeopardized his professional career. I’m likely to rethink my career goals after my Higher Secondary exams this year. – Abhik Choudhury, 17, Kolkata*.

Engineering jobs mostly depend on outsourcing. Subtle changes in International relations can affect engineers adversely. I have witnessed the downturn of 2008. I don’t want my son to face the same wrath.Mr. Sukamal Debnath, 48, Kolkata*.

My daughter is appearing for higher secondary this year. We do not want entrust her with burden of our expectations. We want her to take her own decision. Gone are the days when parents used to decide career choices on behalf of their children. – Kamalika Chatterjee, 39, Kolkata*. 

Yes, I have heard about this deplorable bill. Though it got tough for students aspiring to be tech grads but I hope they should rethink and choose a career which better suits the need of the hour. – Asmita Sinharoy, 26, Kolkata*.

                *As interviewed by #asksubho.

Though Indian IT companies have created 155,000 jobs directly and 411,000 jobs in ancillay services; with a consistent annual growth rate of 10%.

According to Nasscom report, Indian IT companies provide services to 75% of the Fortune 500 companies, ensuring global competitiveness to American companies.

US government did admit to a shortage of talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) areas.In US the shortfall in talent for STEM jobs is estimated at 2.4 million. While unemployment among STEM graduates is under 2%.

With declining number of Indian manufacturing industries and  growing tension over immigration issues, thousands of students and professionals are switching their career trajectories to other promising industries like media, pharmaceuticals & marketing.

Let the suspension get over soon. Infosys chairman, Mr. Narayan Murthy said, US must now prepare for the life without imported, low cost know-how that gave them their competitive advantage in the first place.


Source: Google, India Today

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