Career Counselling: Make virtual characters come alive

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2016 12:43 IST
One doesn’t need a degree to get into animation; anyone with imagination and creative abilities can do well. (Istock)

I have completed my graduation in commerce this year with information technology as a subject. I want to pursue a career in animation, gaming and graphic designing. Please guide me about the scope in this field.

– Burhanuddin

The animation and gaming sector is growing rapidly with an increasing demand for trained professionals in India. Major animation studios and producers from all over the world like Walt Disney, Imax and Sony are increasingly outsourcing cartoon characters and special effects to India, as also commercials and computer games. There is tremendous potential for growth in the Indian market too which is gradually waking up to the use of animation in general entertainment films other than mythological concepts and children’s cartoons. Moreover animation is being used today in so many fields from radio, television, advertising and the film industry to business presentations, educational videos, medical surgeries, and even in the simulators used to train pilots. So, if you have an interest in this field there is good scope for career advancement.

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You do not need a degree to get into this career, any good training programme alongwith a strong imagination and creative abilities, are essential for this field. You also need an observant eye, a sense of humour and an understanding of human behaviour, exceptional visualising abilities, patience and perseverance, plus, of course, computer skills. Most training programmes teach you the skills to handle 2D animation while 3D extends it to virtual reality. In addition to the skills in drawing, composition and character design, 3D animators deal with modelling, rendering, texturing and lighting. This digital animation has the power to create effects not possible with physical drawing, enabling professionals to add on emotion and interpret feeling and thought to create virtual magic. Today, there are a variety of multimedia software programmes used in animation such as Maya, 3D Max, Adobe After Effects, Giff Animator, Flash and newer ones emerging almost every day that enable animators work their magic on screen. So, go ahead indulge in your fantasy, it will help you paint a colourful career for yourself.

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2

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