One of the most prominent memories anyone would have of his/her childhood is watching Mickey Mouse arguing with Donald Duck and Scooby Doo solving some of the most intriguing mysteries ever! As we grew a bit older, some of us thought "One day, I will make these cartoons myself!". While most of us dropped this dream and took the over-travelled paths of engineering and medicine, a few brave souls dared to stick to their dream and make it big in the field of animation.
The first step of any journey is usually the hardest. If you have taken the all important step and decided to make a career in animation, but are still fighting demons in your mind, you are at the perfect place. Read on and we assure you that your mind would be at peace.
Movie making has come of age in the past decade or so. Some of the biggest hits around the world have been possible only due to the magic of animation. Be it the Harry Potter series, Wall-E, Krishh, Kungfu Panda or Narnia, none of them would have been possible sans the magic of a professional animation expert. And if that wasn't enough to excite you, here is a question for you "“ Did you see a drop in the number of movies being made during recession? No! Animation is one of the very few recession free fields. While a number of engineers were handed pink slips during recession, professional animation experts were still shinning in glory.
Here, we must clear a couple of things. If you are thinking, "Wait! Getting selected to provide animation effects for a movie can't be that easy!", then you are absolutely right. As an animation artist, being offered a movie is equivalent to reaching the pinnacle. Apart from a full length movie, animation artists are also needed to bring objects to life for a number of short ad films, promos and promotional videos. News channels also have an increasing demand of animation artists for their animated spoofs.
The prerequisites to enter the field
Having an 'interest' in animation and having the 'skills' to make it big in animation aren't the same things. As an animation artist, you must be good with sketching and drawing. Though most of your work would revolve around computers, your drawing skills would come in extremely handy while giving life to the lifeless objects. Also, if you are someone who loves 'going by the book', then animation is perhaps not the best field for you. To be an animation artist, creativity must ooze out of your mind at all the times. Just following the instructions wouldn't work for an animation artist. An impeccable sense of colours is an added advantage.
Where and How do I begin?
The best way to venture out into the field of animation is by getting the 3 years Bachelor's degree in animation. You can also go for diploma courses that vary in duration (3 months -3 years) depending upon the institute. While a degree is much more credible, a candidate can opt for the diploma course if he/she is facing paucity of time.