When multiple static photographs or images or drawings are presented in a sequence at a rapid pace, our brain interprets the as a single moving image. Animation uses this principal as a base.
Hence Animation is giving a simulation of movement to inanimate objects, static images, drawings, models etc. by placing them in a succession. 24 frames per second are required to create a smooth motion. While most people relate animation to children’s cartoons, but animation VFX and Computer Graphics have multiple applications in TV, Video Games, Advertising and Online etc.
Who is an animator? What are his responsibilities?
An animator is a professional artist who creates these frames (sequential images/drawings/models/puppets) and stitches them to give an illusion of movement known as animation. He produces these animations for commercials, computer games, websites etc. The role and responsibilities of an animator are as follows:
- Interacting with clients, writers, producers, directors to understand the needs, review scripts, discuss the style, method and execution of animation, discuss the concepts, ideas etc.
- Budgeting and getting client approvals on the financials. Finalising the deadlines and adhering to timelines
- Create accurate frames-by-frame visuals using sketches, drawings, illustrations etc.
- Selecting color palettes, style and deciding on the general look of animation
- Design models, backgrounds, objects, characters & sets including animation environment using a range of materials from plaster, modeling clay to oil paints, acrylics etc.
- Design Storyboards for approvals
- Observing the movements of real life characters in order to develop pace and timing of the movements of animated characters.
- Ensuring that the sequencing and character movements matches the sound design
- Record dialogues.
- Using various tools and technical software to stitch the frames, build special effects, character movements etc.
- Liaison with various teams-copy writers, photographers, designers, website designers or marketing specialists
- At times it also involves pitching your ideas to prospective customers
- Making iterations in animations basis the client feedback, thus ensuring that the final product aligns with client’s expectations.
- Researching and be updated with new industry trends and technology.
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Courses in Animation:
Various colleges are offering “Animation & VFX Communication Design courses in Mumbai. Before selecting the right course, kindly ponder on the following points:
- Industry centric curriculum
- Professional degree and/or diploma that is recognized at International level as well.
- International level studio that provides competencies in latest technologies and software
- Faculty from industry to facilitate exposure about the current industry standards.
- Regular interaction with industry experts/stalwarts through off-sites.
- Internships and participation in competitions and handling of live projects to help build portfolio
- Mumbai is the hub of Hindi film industry in India and hence is home to large number of Animation VFX studios. Thus it can offer a dream start to your career.
- Mumbai is also financial capital of India and thus lots of MNCs have set up their operations in Mumbai. This again offers immense opportunities in terms of ad-film making, creating AVs and other OTT platform.