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What is the Correct way to animation ???

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What is the Correct way to animation ???

Hi friends i m now in 12th standard from INDIA and want to become an animator. There are so many people telling so many ways. but i am really, really confused now. There are diploma courses are available after 12th. but i think one should do graduation before. I considered Bachelor in fine Arts. Is it Right.
But There are uncountable institutes offering B.F.A. Then i read that there are 30000 animators needed in India. then i want to ask how long will it take to be fulfilled? Will there be jobs after being fulfilled? Hey Please, Please Tell me what can i do. As very necessary, my drawing and sketching is VERY GOOD.

Thanks very much my friends...

Dear friends i do not have enough words to praise you. firstly thanks and again thanks very much for giving me guidence. You are doing a really great job! This is the best forum for talented and creative ones. :)

Hold your horses, fella!

Don't panic, the animation industry has been around for a while and I don't think it's going to stop in our lifetime, if ever.

I had a similar problem to you, as it was my dream to be an animator, and as a kid no teacher could give me the advice I needed to hear. Some said one thing, some said another and it can be confusing, especially when you realise, as I did, that they didn't know what they were talking about.

When I was 18 I went to art school to do a foundation course, which gives you a taster in pretty much every artistic genre. It was there that I heard about animation schools, that concentrated soley on animation, and nothing else.

Going to animation school gave me the knowledge to animate, the understanding of movement, and as my tutor drummed into me, the importance of acting - 'don't do a pig dancing, be the pig dancing, if you know what I mean.

What I'd suggest is doing a search on the internet for animation schools - with that much demand in India, there's bound to be at least one.

The other thing I'd suggest is to keep drawing and even get used to using software like Flash, Toon Boom Studio and other animation software, as these will be tools that you'll need.

I hope this helps.

Dear Rishab,

Finding a truly good Animation institute in INDIA is difficult. Most of the institutes don't pay the faculties well. So if a faculty is really talented he won't be stuck with a lower salery. As cartoon boy said you'd better try learning through internet. What I suggest is initially don't go to any paying site. There are lot of sites which are offering free tutorials in the net. And you can get many e-books free from some sites. Where do you reside in INDIA. J J SCHOOL OF ARTS in Maharashtra is a very good intitute to learn ARTS. Any way where ever you study, do drawing, drawing,and drawing. Acctuallly learning a digital application is not a difficult thing at all. The real hard part is manual hand drawing. If you started computer designing you will automatically make lesser the hand drawing. Try to master the realistic drawing first. Keep the cartoons in secondary. Only nowadays good books on Fine Arts are started coming from Indian Artists. FIGURE STUDY MADE EASY by Aditya Chari (publication: GRACE PRAKASHAN) is an International Standard Drawing Book. Study and practice it. And lot of other books are there in the market. Improve your drawing knowledge at least till you finish your BFA. Then concentrate on computer studies. After few years you will realize how far what I said was true. All these things are for 2D Animation. If you are going for 3D start learning computer from now it self.

All the best.

Director in India

Hi there.
Im currently directing a Disney show for DQ Entertainment in Hyderabad. The industry is growing like crazy here and we are constantly bringing in new animators. There are plenty of opportunities to work and grow. Here's a few things Ive noticed:

1) There is a huge difference between the schools, some of our "freshers" are very prepared, others not at all

2) A lot of the schools will teach you Maya, not many will teach you 2D principles and skills... fewer still will teach animation principles well. It is important that you learn not only the computer programs, but also the Animation principles, and know them well.

3) There are many studios in India... but only a few good ones. Many will rip you off and pay you late, or not at all. This is not normal, don't accept being paid late! Even many of the good studios have fairly low starting salaries, but if you excel, your rate can go up fairly fast. Good animators are a valuable commodity in India right now.

4) Good studios recieve hundreds of applications all the time. More often than not it's the HR department, not the directors, who screen the applicants. This means certificates and diplomas are pretty important in India... I wish this were not the case, but unfortunately it's the way it is. In India people place a lot of importance on your certificates.

No need to worry though... All you need to get in the door is: Knowledge of MAYA (wont take longer than a year), an understanding of the animation principles and X-Sheets (same, about a year of training... if it's good), and diploma studios here will recognize. The first job is the hardest to get. Once you're in the industry you'll learn fairly fast, if youre responsible and hard working

All good advice...

Not much to add to the great advice here. I just would reinforce a few things.

1. Learn ART as a sound foundation. Build a good character and environment portfolio for your first interviews

2. Learn ACTING or at least study the outward expressions of actors, emotions, expressions, and movement.

3. Learn Computer APPLICATIONS. E.g, Maya, Bryce, 3D-Studio Max, Modo, Flash, Blender, etc. Before you commit to a course, do a preliminary job search to see what applications are used at the studios where you want to work.

4. At this point in your education build your skills toward the goal of landing the first job. You will continue to grow and learn after that, but the FIRST job is usually the hardest to get. Keep your eyes open to what employers want.