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Animator – How to become an Animator
An Animator is a computer graphics professional responsible for making movies, video games, or cartoons by moving thousand of immaculately prepared drawings or models of animals or people with the help of computers or other electronic means.
The word Animator may sound a little lesser known to a common person but if we take the names of the ever rememberable characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Tom & Jerry to name a few it will become very easy to make them understand who is an animator as all these characters are a handy work of some dedicated animator.
Animators are those professionals in the multimedia field that creates these characters through their imagination and drawing skill and make them run like a living being with the help of numerous computer software to the utmost liking of the people and the children’s community in particular. Animation as an industry and Animators as a profession are one of the fastest-growing fields in the 21st century.
To become a successful animator one should possess excellent creativity and equally matching drawing skills. Animators are able to create characters for a variety of projects like movies, television, advertisements, and so on. An animator’s task is to read the script carefully, study the storyboard and try to get into the skin of the character to have a feel of it means he should be able to understand the character before starting its creation. If one thinks that he has the knack of feeling the character in advance then there are ample job opportunities rather great demand for such professionals, as it is a growing industry and has become a popular feature in movies and advertising.
Animation can be further classified into some specific categories like 2D,3D, puppet animation, clay animation, sand animation, vegetable animation to name a few more popular. To create the characters for various kinds of animation one has to go through a whole process that involves creating a large number of drawings, scanning them into the computer, and importing them into the software that helps in setting the timing and layers for the scanned sequence of images.
Some of the common software that is used to create 2D animations are Toonz Harlequin, Adobe Flash, Cel Action, Anime Studio, Toon Boom Animation, Animaker, etc. Whereas to create 3D animations the software required are 3ds Max (Autodesk), Softimage |XSI (Avid), MAYA (Autodesk), etc.
So those who are dreaming of becoming animators should not only be good drawing artists but also have full knowledge of these soft wares. To be successful in this ever-growing field of animation one has to undergo special training of nearly Six months to a Year. To be an Animator one has to follow the below-given path.
Animator Eligibility Conditions
Though no specific Educational qualification is required to be an Animator except basic sketching skills and a passion for animation but to work with a reputed organization one should preferably have a degree or diploma in animation. However, higher the qualification and more the experience of the Animator wider will be the scope for him to get the work in various reputed organizations.
The minimum age to work in the organized sector is 18 years and the Maximum age is from 25 to 40 years depending upon the organization one is applying to.
Animator Required Skills
- The most important skill required to become a successful animator is excellent creativity and equally matching drawing.
- He/She should be able to read the script carefully, study the storyboard and try to get into the skin of the character to have a feel of it.
- He should have that knack of feeling the character in advance.
- Ability to work for long hours that too with time limits.
How to become an Animator?
To become an Animator one has to follow the given steps:
After passing, plus two courses in any stream and preferably in the field of art one should apply for the degree or diploma course in animation which is being offered by many institutions throughout the country nowadays on a first come first basis. However, some reputed institutes with limited seats may take an aptitude test before granting admission to their institutions.
After completion of his graduation in the relevant field, one can join some organization to get some on the job experience or may also go for the post-graduation course in the animations offered by quite a few reputed institutions in India like Industrial design Center (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Design (NID).
Eligibility Conditions for Post Graduate course are as follow
The only graduate of architecture, technology, and engineering, fine arts can apply for the PG course in these institutes.
The aspirant has to take an entrance test to get admission to these postgraduate courses. However, some institutions may provide admission on the marks obtained in the qualifying examination and also on one first come first bases.
After completing these courses one can apply against the vacancies lying vacant in various multimedia companies working in the field of animation or one can also work as a freelancer or go for his own enterprises in the related field.
Animator Job Description
An animator’s Job Description includes reading the script carefully, studying the storyboard, and trying to get into the skin of the character to have a feel of it. Finally, he has to create the characters with his innovative skills and creativity.
Animator Career Prospects and Job Opportunities
It may be a bit tough to get the desired job for a fresher but it is so in every field. A bit of experience and a strong portfolio of work can get you a job of your liking and help you become a successful animator. Otherwise, It is a booming industry with wide job openings and one can work on full-length animation movies which are in great demand after its initial success or any other related fields like television, etc.
A fresh Animator can get any were near Rs.30,000 to Rs.35,000 to start with. With little experience and his creative skill can get as high as Rs.1,00,000 and even more than that.
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