The language of images

The language of images

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The language of images

No success story is as animated as theirs. While ‘Rango’ walked away with an Oscar, ‘Rio’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and their stock have been sending cash registers ringing.

Over the years, animated characters have grown multi-dimensionally, leaving the audience in a willing suspension of disbelief. Animation industry is seeing a renaissance and closer home, young people see it a fertile ground for a career. 

Viplov Singh is one of the increasing number of youngsters determined to make it big in this industry. A third-year student of Animation and Visual Effects at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Viplov explains how as a child, he had a penchant for superhero comics and cartoons, which led him to pursue what goes behind their making.
 “Being successful in animation, depends on how hard you work. It’s not all fun. While you are taught the skills, it’s up to you to work on them,” he says. “The course that I am doing includes making storyboard for motion picture, 2D and 3D modelling of characters and space as well as special effects. Once I finish my course, I’d like to pursue 3D animation skills and then work in a 2D animation studio,” he adds.

As a matter of fact, there is an entire generation being raised on cartoons, animated feature films and games. Voice-overs and technology are familiar playing grounds for them. Veena Pratap, COO, Animaster Academy says “Parents are supporting their child’s decision to take up animation as a mainstream career option. With several universities offering cutting-edge programmes in animation, gaming and design, students are opting for a full-fledged degree leading to specialisation of their choice,” she adds. 

She feels there is an increased awareness about the immense scope in the fields of animation, gaming etc. “Students and parents recognise the fact that this industry is maturing and that career opportunities are very stable,” she adds.

The country has in recent years become a major outsourcing centre for animation films. Hollywood filmmakers are making a beeline for the personnel here. Ramana Venkat, animation film designer and faculty at Srishti School, says, “India has increasingly been looked at for technical inputs and support although concept and content development is still at a nascent stage.”

He says the industry offers different kinds of job opportunities like that of creative, animation and technical directors, animator, pre-production, rigging and modelling artists.

Meanwhile, animation has stepped out of the familiar frame — films and TV. Viplov, in fact, had worked with a hospital making animated films on the importance of hygiene for kids in rural areas. “Animation is also being used in architecture. The industry is only getting better and better here,” he adds. 

There is an appealing nature to the craft of the animator. The creation of an alternate world almost similar to this one, and breathing life into imaginary characters, is no child’s play. “A basic degree in animation will do to start a career in this field but one’s passion for animation, skill and hard work take them forward,” Ramana Venkat says. 

The possibilities of animation are growing, phenomenally. Veena says artists are required in any full-fledged 2D or 3D animated broadcast TV or film production. “Graphic and web designers are essentially absorbed in the design, advertising, web, publishing and print-based industries. They are required in fashion, interior designing, medical, legal, automobile and insurance companies too,” she adds.

Evidently, the line between the real and the animated world is blurring, decades after Walt Disney called animation the ‘The Plausible Impossible’. 

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