Animation as a career has a potential for earning good money in India. If one is creative and has an ability to draw, it is a good idea to consider animation as a career. Animation movies are a combined effort by many different people specializing in a particular aspect of the work. One usually does only one work but there are people who carry out many different tasks.
The story is the central theme in this job.The story teller is the first in line. He is followed by story boarding, character sketch makers and creators of concept. The other openings are Ink and Painting, Clean-up, Scanning, composing, key frame animation, background creation, pay-out and in-between
It is enough that the aspirants be only high school graduates to study for a diploma or a bachelor’s degree. And, if you want to study for a post-graduation degree, any bachelor’s degree will do. It goes without saying that some knowledge in computers is necessary. Some exceptions are Industrial Design, Technology and Engineering which require relevant degrees.
Degrees and Diplomas
Degrees are awarded in traditional Animation, Stop-motion animation,rotoscoping and digital 3D and 2D animation, drawing, Claymation and even human anatomy.
Where to study
While even small town India is filled with animation schools, reputed ones include Indian Institute of Design at Delhi, JJ School of Arts at Mumbai, Industrial Design centers at Mumbai and Guwahati, and Arena Multimedia at around 10 places, Rai university, a Delaware based entity has Distance Learning in its program and many students from India join the courses.
What the Future Holds
The burgeoning animation industry will bring in a revenue of around $400 before 2010. NASSCOM estimates this will translate into jobs for 300,000 animation experts. There is no dearth of sources. Deals are made with companies around the world. Animation is applied in many areas in entertainment channels like movies and television. business products, sales presentation, web designing, engineering, fashion, graphic design, advertising and computer games.
One heartening aspect of the training is that most of the institutes that train the students take the responsibility of finding them jobs too.
Reputed companies pay not less than rupees 10,000 for a fresh candidate. Hundreds of other smaller companies offer not too low a salary. As experience is gained you can expect it to up even to Rupees 40,000. There are animation professionals reaching a six figure salary in less than 5 years. So, for all practical purposes, a young man leaving his animation school at 20 or 21, will potentially earn on an average, Rupees 25,000 in 5 years, not a figure to scoff at.