Who's a Animator?
Were cartoons like Tom & Jerry, Chhota Bheem, or Scooby Doo your favourite thing to watch as a kid? Ever wondered how these cartoons were made? Well, they were all made with the help of Animation!
Everybody needs an animator! If you want to create cartoons to entertain children, you need an animator. If you want to add creativity to your textual content, ask an animator. If you want to create simulations for your new gaming app, call an animator. Whether it is education or entertainment, an animator is required in just about any industry! As an animator, you would bring ideas to life!
What will you do?
Developing Creative Animation
As an animator, you will create animated concepts for clients based on their requirements.
For instance, say a client wants you to work on a new cartoon series for kids. You will have to develop the main character, its story, its friends and even its personality! Sounds interesting? Keep scrolling to read more.
You’ll create storyboards to narrate a script – every story that a movie animator works on is converted into a screenplay. This is done by bringing ideas to life with doodle-like visuals called storyboards.
For example, You will create a few squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot of your scene, this will make it easier to note what’s going on in the scene.
You will draw sketches, 2D artworks and illustrations. This breathes life into the character, making it easier for the audience to relate to. For instance, say you are working on an animated series. In this case, you may be required to draw your character – how they look and their costumes.
For example: You may be required to manually paint a character or scene from time to time, which involves getting your hands dirty with acrylic, water colours, oil paints or any other materials to bring your concept to life.
Animation is not just limited to artwork. As an Animator, you will be required for developing the sequence for the entire clip or movie accurately.
For instance, you will have to coordinate every visual with the soundtrack and audio. You don’t want a character’s lips to move away before it starts talking, would you?
Where will you work?
You probably didn’t know but most of the animators usually work from the comfort of their own house. In this case, you could also set up your own studio and freelance. You can work at your pace here. However, in some cases where you are employed to a company, you may have the same working hours as any other profession.
As an animator, you may also operate in production houses. business offices, or advertising agencies, all from the comfort of the office. Animation offices and studios are the real deal. They are funky, filled with vibrant colours, creativity and characters. You will have a great time working and get to learn more from other creative seniors and peers in such an environment! Here, you will be expected to work for around 40 hours a week. This is subject to change as per your deadline or scale of the project.
How do you get there?
What skills would you need?
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As a marketer, you will work on different platforms to communicate with people. If you don’t understand how they work, you won’t be able to come up with the best strategy. You will also use various kinds of software like Google Adwords, MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, etc., during your promotions. You need to know how they work, and how to use them to your advantage.build this skill
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Attention to Detail
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Analytical and Data Skills
You will receive huge amounts of data from your client. This data will have to be analysed effectively so you can find ways that will help your client reach their customers is the best way possible. While it is true that the more data you analyse, the more insights you generate; analytical thinking will help you narrow down your search and find your key actionable items, thus saving you a lot of time and resources.build this skill
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How do you make it to the top ranks?
Pursuing your career locally VS abroad
In India and across the world there is a growing demand for talented individuals in the animation sector and the skills required of an animator are highly respected. Animation offers a lucrative career for those interested in building a career in this field. In India you can get certificates, diploma, and degree programs from private universities while pursuing this discipline. The route taken by most young animators these days is to start with a certificate program and then acquire a master’s degree after a few years of experience.
A certificate course in Animation can cost you anywhere between INR 20,000 to INR 50,000, whereas, a masters degree specialising in Animation can range between INR 40,000 to INR 1,00,000 depending on the institute you choose.
Click here for top colleges for animation courses in India. Click here to look at the best animation online courses and classes with certification. Apart from these you could also try a free online animation course from education portals such as Udemy, Unacademy and IIT Bombay. Click here to know more about the best animation courses (free and paid).
For students interested in taking up a career in animation, a bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone towards making your mark in the field. Although the cutoff varies from university to university, the applicants should possess a TOFEL score of more than 570 if the mode of the examination is paper based. The candidate needs only 230 marks for TOFEL if it is computer based. For IELTS the candidates should possess a score more than 6.5. Students need a verbal score of more than 400 for the GRE.
The degree course in graphic art or fine arts is of four years duration. Aspirants can also choose for a certificate course or a diploma in animation. A bachelor’s degree should cost you anywhere between US 45,000$ to 100,000$ for the complete course. Click here to know more about the best bachelor programs available abroad.
A master’s course will be more rigorous than a bachelor’s and will require creating a portfolio or writing a thesis prior to completion. You can choose a topic from animation history and art criticism to drawing in motion, 3-D cartoon character animation and environment development. A Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts/Master of Design acquired internationally should cost you anywhere between US 8,000$ to 35,000$ for one year.
How much would you get paid?
As an animator, your payscale broadly depends on the area of your employment, the organisation you’re working with and your experience in the field.
What are your career options?
As an art director, you will play a prominent role in animation. You will hold a respected place in an animation team and the creative staff on the team directly report to you. You will also have the final say on what footage or stills are to be included in the final cut and may also be required to train junior staff and manage budgeting requirements. To become a successful art director, you will need a degree in art or graphic design along with years of work experience and a sick portfolio that knocks the socks of potential employees!
Stop Motion Animator
Stop motion animation can be a very tiresome discipline which takes a lot of skill, attention to detail and most of all a great deal of patience. The difference between motion animators and traditional 2D or 3D animators is that they must also set up physical rigs, usually to specification, in which to work with the models and camera equipment before using specialist software to bring it all to life in the editing suite. As a Stop motion animator, you will be self-taught and embark on a career in the industry after having honed your skills through freelance work.
As a 3D Modeller, you will have to work with a number and combination of industry-grade animation tools such as Maya, 3DS Max and Blender to name a few. Your role will be to work from the ground up to bring fully rendered models and environments to life. You can find work not just in film and video games but in a diversity of fields such as engineering, advertising, manufacturing, architecture. To become a 3D modeller, you can get into the career through a 3D animation school. Internships are important and you can sometimes get straight into paid work if you’re based in an entertainment hotspot.
As a compositing artist, you will hold a lot of responsibility over how the animation looks while working closely with the other animation staff such as SFX specialists, lighting and texture directors in order to add a layer of polish and keep the entire project looking consistent. IF you are interested in taking up this career path, there are many ways to become a compositing artist. While many studios hire professionals who have undertaken specialist study in this area, it’s usually a case of working up from a junior animator or SFX level. Many employers want a bachelor’s degree or higher in visual effects, animation + visual effects, compositing + visual effects, or related areas. In addition, employers prefer to hire artists with a minimum of three years’ experience for intermediate positions.
A Storyboard artist usually works hand-in-hand with animation and/or filmmaking teams to help design a story from start to finish long before work starts. As a storyboard artist, it will be your job to take input from writers and directors, you will also come up with conceptual artwork from stills from which the production team can work. Your skills as a storyboard artist will save everyone else time and money and they’re highly sought after on film shoots, traditional animation, music videos and commercials.
Employers prefer to hire storyboard artists with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in art, fine art, illustration, digital art, drawing and painting or other related areas. Experience through an internship or through entry-level positions is necessary. Storyboard artists with exceptional talent, but little formal training, may qualify for some entry-level positions.
As a Texture Artist, you will specialise in creating the textures of 3D animated objects. You will require a biological understanding of skin in humans and animals, as well as knowledge of textiles, geographic elements, architectural finishes, landscapes, etc. With games now requiring more photo-realistic finishes these days the role of the Texture Artist is increasing in importance. Your goal will be to recreate realistic or fantastical textures or surfaces to characters or objects. You will typically come from a graphic design school background and need to gain years of experience in texture creation first and foremost before transferring those skills to the animation sphere.