Have you watched those cartoon series in your childhood? Remember the times when you used to wait for “Swat Cats” or “Donald Duck” to show up on your T.V. screen? Ever imagined that you can be the one creating them in future? Yes! There are creative minds behind all these characters, who made you grow up with a smile on your face.
Now, if you are still feeling nostalgic for your childhood memories and recalling all the characters from other cartoon series, then you already know what animation is. Animation industry in India and abroad has shown massive advancement in recent years. No one can forget “Avengers” and “Avatars”. From movies to advertisement industry, this field is growing by leaps and bounds.
Now, do you know what VFX is? Visual effects or VFX is a way of mixing film content or shooting with animations. Seen “Bahubali” recently? What about all the jumps and fight scenes? Yes! That is done with the help of VFX. Not only this, almost each and every movie today features such scenes where VFX plays a major role.
Now, you might be thinking about the cost involved in creating such scenes, right? But, modernism does not mean expensive, the software used for VFX and animations are affordable and that’s why the extensive use of such visuals is possible.
But What About the Future?
Now, you know how progressively Animation and VFX is trending these days. But what about the future? What if you do a related course now and in future, the same technology is not ready to earn you bread and butter? Let’s know about it to see if heading in this direction is befitting or not.
Fast Growth & Advancements: Okay, take a sigh of relief! This industry is never going to leave you alone. The Animation & VFX industry is expected to grow at 16.3% to reach 95.5 billion rupees by 2019. Thus, there is no downhill in this industry.
The industry has already shown a huge progress and will continue doing the same in future as well. You must have realised how the animations were when you were kids and how drastically they have modified now! The effects shown in “Life of Pi” are enough to speak about it.
You might be thinking it is impossible to beat these effects in future. But you must know that ‘Improvement is a never ending process’. Improvements can be seen in almost each and everything that we are dealing with right now, then why not animations and visual effects?
Professional Talk: If we talk about professional approach, more and more companies set up by each passing day and thus, the requirement of the best and the skilled individuals is there without any doubt. Not only in the film industry, but industries like medical and education as well hire professionals for animations and visual effects.
Few Careers Options You Should Know About!
From Character Animators to 3D Modellers, let’s talk about few career options and see which one if the ‘One’ for you.
A pre-visualization artist is the one who digitally or by hand draws the images before doing the shooting part. So, if you want to be a pre-vis artist, then you will have to use your imagination and provide everyone with a clear idea how the actual shoot will look like.
Matchmoving artists convert computer generated graphics into action moves or footage. They match the movements in 3D and ensure that the footage seem blended and effortless in the movie scenes. They make sure that the audience does not get to know the difference between the actual footage and the one done through graphics.
These artists are responsible for providing details to the animated characters. For instance, they are the one deciding built and skin of the character. They continuously work in sync with the animators and the people who model the very character.
3D modelers create characters and backgrounds for 3D movies and video games. Not only this, they also deal in modeling for animations, movie effects, designs, and creating websites, etc. Apart from film industry, 3D modelers can work for healthcare, engineering, and architecture sectors as well.
Compositors take care of the final animation. They deal with various aspects like graphics, 2D animations, special effects, rendering and the whole feel of the character. They get hired in diverse industries like gaming companies, animation studios, film production, and advertising industry as well.
A piece of Advice
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt E. Disney! Don’t wait to achieve what you have been dreaming and admiring since your childhood. If you are the one who used to wonder about the creation of your favorite characters, then get enrolled and show your own creativity and amaze the people out there. Who knows if next Avatar may be created by YOU!