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Animation: Career options, climb the ladder

india Updated: Mar 09, 2008 00:52 IST
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Companies Major animation companies in Mumbai

: Pixion, Prana Studios, UTV Toonz, Maya Entertainment Ltd, Rhythm and Hues, Crest Animation Studios and Graphiti. The majority of jobs in animation in India right now are in production working on fully animated Indian and western TV serials and films.

Corporate Ladder

Level 1

: Entry level Monthly salary: Rs 8,000 to 20,000 for a trainee, rising to Rs 20,to 40,000 after two years. Five years-plus, you could be earning in lakhs.


: As a trainee you are expected to specialize in a particular field such as:


Character modeller

(creating a character's sculpture)


Texture/Shading Artists

(putting colours and texture on an item)


Lighting artists

(puts light and shades on any part of film)


Junior animator

(giving life to the object and enabling it to move)


Environment Designers

(designing the environment like trees, roads, lakes)



(putting all the elements together to create a scene)


Effect Specialists

(creating dust, rain, clouds, storms, explosions)


Character Riggers

(adding bones to the model - could be to a human, a cat or even an android)

Level 2

: Dept lead/lead animator/team leader/supervisor

Monthly salary

: Rs 50,00 to 75,000

Level 3

: Project manager

Monthly salary

: Rs 75,000 to lakhs

Level 4

: Animation director

Monthly salary

: Rs 1 lakh and above

Level 5

: Series director

Monthly salary

: Rs 2 lakh and above

Related options


You might also choose to specialise in special effects and work on live action feature films. Apart from the big and small screen, animation artists can work as architect visualisers. These artists create animated walkways through buildings before they are built There are also a tiny number of jobs in e-education and web animation.

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