You’ve spent hours watching animation. You’re wonder by how digital art could create such jaw dropping visuals. Now, you can’t wait to learn it and start creating animations for your dream studio!
Now the dilemma arise, whether to learn animation all by yourself or join an institution.
These are the times when people have access to any information sitting on the couch. Be it learning the guitar or an introduction to quantum mechanics. There are tutorials for everything. But are they of any help for a long term career development? Here are a few points to consider when trying to answer this question.
The problem is that there is a sea of tutorials out there. Most of which are just ‘tips and tricks’ by professionals or at the best they teach you the use of software to achieve certain techniques. Of course they are helpful, but for those who already have some experience in the field. For a beginner, it is absolutely necessary to have the sound basics. It not only takes a huge amount of time but it also is quite frustrating to look up to several tutorials to texture a cube (hello blender users!).
Cost of learning
Let’s suppose that you found an entire course for free on YouTube. Why to pay a hefty fee to learn something that is already on the Internet then? Call it traditional style, but joining an institution in creative fields provides you real time experience of handling projects within a stipulated period of time. What it provides is a disciplined framework for the entire course of animation. And to talk about the fees, if someone decides to learn on there own, the overall cost of getting a high end laptop, a software and other stuff would amount to almost near the fees you’d be paying. Note that the educational institutes are always up to date with the latest version of animation software.
Keep in mind that it’s not just the practical experience you’re getting. There would be many like you with the same passion for animation but with different thought process. You would get to learn how to approach a solution by trying out many ideas and working as a team.
Team spirit is one of the major skills in demand for any job. Your batch mates would be the first people you would plan to make short animations with. Learning alongside fellow students is very necessary for a challenging mindset to develop. Sure there are forums and discussion sites, but as old fashioned it may sound – there can’t be a substitute for personal interaction!
Tutorials are doing a great job and one can still achieve proficiency. But only in certain aspects. Getting hired depends on the awesomeness of ones portfolio. Of course there are many self taught animators but given the rising demand of this career and the complexity of new age softwares in recent times. Truth be told; the number of studios or jobs demanding a certificate in related fields has become mandatory and not a preference anymore. An advanced certification improves your chances when applying for jobs.
This might be the deal-breaker when considering online learning. Even if you manage to get the skills using online tutorials or a course, it doesn’t guarantee a job. You have to work on your portfolio creation, gain interview skills, and schedule interviews on your own. But when you join a reputed animation institute, placement assistance will be provided to you. Take Arena Animation sayajigunjfor instance. Every student gets hands-on training as a part of the curriculum. Students are given ample guidance to develop their professional portfolio. They are also given training on interview Cracking-communication and personality development and are given the opportunity to attend interviews with many top companies and studios at the institute.
Maybe a few decades from now, the concept of ‘offline teaching’ would either have evolved or dissolved for the better. But as of today, if you wish to learn animation, join the best institute with personal mentor which will sharpen ur creative skills to gain professional portfolio.
The Oscar 2020 nominations for best visual effects had the strongest contenders. While the prospects of Disney looked great with three movies, the others had more or less if not equal the chances for a win.
This Oscar winner proves that visual effects are not just some replacements done to a green screen through digital machinery. It necessarily involves production design and a creative approach for achieving effects which is not possible without the use of heavy editing. The way this movie incorporated VFX into it is absolutely genius. The movie had to be framed in such a way that entirety shot is to be captured in one single shot. In this movie, the camera never cuts away from the action. The task of integrating multiple shots together seamlessly was an incredibly challenging task for the VFX team. Depending on the type of shot, different approaches were used to achieve the desired results. The fact that the movie was produced in native IMAX (widescreen with incredibly high-resolution) format made it even more complicated. The digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be precise and intricate.
Apart from 1917, Birdman too was shot using this one-continuous shot technique and was nominated for an Oscar in the same category.
In a nutshell, VFX is more effective when it goes unnoticeable.
It is masterpiece from Martin Scorsese and a big budget ambition project due to the cast and the de-aging used in it. Now, it is a familiar technique (seen in Iron man 3, Ant Man, and Terminator: Dark Fate earlier). In The Irishman it was used in the flashback scenes where De Niro is required to look like his 40s. The present age of De Niro is 76. If you haven’t watched it already it is available on Netflix.
Being the most anticipated movie of 2019, VFX artists had no room for error. The final fight sequence against the army of Thanos made a memorable impact on the viewers. However, Marvel was condemned by critics for using too much CGI. The Marvel team mentioned that the nearing deadlines left less time for production design to develop full-fledged sets, and they had to rely on VFX.
Imagine the CGI being so good that it actually becomes a shortcoming of the movie. That’s exactly what happened with The Lion King. In the original animated counterpart, the characters portrayed their personalities through expressions and quirks while the live action seemed flat due to the hyper-realistic animation. Still kudos to the Disney artists for they have almost blurred the lines between reality and CGI with the movies like The Jungle Book and The Lion King. VFX isn’t an easy task and to mimic the movements and natures of animals is nothing less than a revolutionary feat.
Layers of work went into The Rise of Skywalker. Some of the most striking VFX moments from the film include the assembly of Leia’s farewell from deleted scenes shot by Carrie Fisher years before her death, the blending of old-school models and digital effects, and flashback scene of Luke and Leia training created with the elements from the Return of the Jedi.
In Today’s world, Media & Entertainment Industry is growing by CAGR 14% per annum & Rs.3.07 Trillion in FY 2024. The Indian Animation And Vfx Industry is expected to Grow by CAGR 15.50% in FY 2023 & Rs 151.80 billion in FY 2023. Currently Media & Entertainment Industry growth in Jobs Including Direct/Indirect/Induced Employment is 35-40 Lakhs Jobs available & 65 Lakhs Jobs till 2022 in India.
Animation & VFX Industry Grow By 21% to Reach INR 8,040 Crore In 2019, and Expected To Grow to INR 11,360 Crore By 2020.
The main growth factors in the field of Animation & VFX are defined below.
TV driving animation demand. Broadcasters have been commissioning new IPs, in turn, are driving other revenues streams such as licensing and merchandising.
Increasing demand from digital. The advent of OTT video platforms, access to 4G and falling data costs has resulted in rising demand for live sports, events, reality programs, kids show, movies, TV series, original content and user uploaded videos on digital.
VFX becoming a mainstay of films. VFX has become a core component of film production cycles with the number of films employing VFX rising each year.
Today the following are the technologies which are rapidly growing with the utilization of Animation & VFX.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Virtual Reality (VR)
Mixed Reality (MR)
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Personal Assistant Apps
Data & Machine Learning
To cater the need of the employment opportunities available in the market , Arena Animation (A pioneer in Animation Education ) is launching Animation – VFX dual domain Program.
Let your dreams come alive with a career in Animation & VFX
About Course :
Arena Animation -Vfx Prime is a dual domain program that train students end to-end in all aspects of Animation & visual effects to make them job-ready professional. It gives a thorough grounding in all the fundamentals & techniques of VFX , 2D and 3D Animation, Typography, Digital filmmaking, FX & Dynamics & simulation.
It also trains on the latest technologies and tools used in the Animation and Visual Effects industry.
Course Highlights :
Learn and have a better understanding about the concepts and fundamentals required for VFX Compositing and Video Editing.
Demonstrate the VFX pre-production process of Animatics and 3D Previsualization (Previz).
Learn and demonstrate the VFX process of Roto, Paint, Roto-prep, Keying, Matchmoving, Live Action Matte Painting & Compositing
Understand and utilize the VFX Compositing workflow using industry relevant Softwares – Nuke, Silhouette & 3D Equalizer.
Learn and understand the Grammar of the edit to demonstrate Video Editing skills using Adobe Premier / Final Cut Pro.
Learn the skills of Color Grading for Web Series, Commercial Ads, TV & Films.
3D Looks to Retro & Vintage – Use of lush lighting effects and pixelated digital elements serve to create places and characters that feel both retro and sci-fi.
HyperSurrealism – The effect of hyper-surreal animation relies on combining photo-realistic elements with fantastical imagery to create dreamlike worlds and action.
High Contrast Cel Animation – Vibrant, contrasting colors combined with an angular design are used to give the animation a simplified, almost cel-style look
Dynamic Function Animation in Apps – Instead of using static images or just text, many apps in 2018 are using functional animation that keeps a user’s attention with a vibrant, interesting user interface.
2D and 3D, Together – By giving 3D objects a 2D look, animators are able to make expressive, illustrative elements that immediately attract a viewer’s attention while delivering information in a clear and colorful way.
Resurgence of 2D Animation in Marketing – A big trend in animation these days is having the ability to whip up simple, attention-grabbing 2D animation videos for use in mobile and web advertisement.
Layout Artist – Usually part of the pre-production and previsualization process, a layout artist, as the name suggests, lays the foundations for how the visuals will eventually look.
Compositing Artist – Well done visual effects merge seamlessly with the rest of the background, and don’t distract the viewing experience at all.
Lighting Artist – Lighting is one of the most crucial aspects of any film production – live action or animated.
Rendering Artist – When it comes to VFX career opportunities in India, rendering artists are in high demand across major VFX studios and production houses.
Roto Artist – A rotoscoping artist or roto artist has the difficult and imperative task of tracing all those areas of a frame where CG meets real life, in order to provide compositors with a framework from which to begin their work.
Based on the current trend in the world of animators & vfx artist, the future looks bright. The demand for animators & vfx artist are very high in fields such as mobile gaming as well as app development. These fields will continue to grow in future as well.
While the scope of 3d animation & vfx is great in India, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind. There is no shortcut to success and hard work always pays off.
India Is Poised To Become One Of The World’s Leading Markets In Gaming Sector. Currently Valued At INR Rs.89 Crores, The Indian Gaming Industry Is Estimated For The Annual Worth Of INR Rs.110 Crores by 2020 Taking The Lead At 71% Share.
According to statistics shared by the AGA, globally game industry provide employment to as many as 1.7 million individuals, with the employment rate growing by 62,000 jobs (on average) every year.
The Starting Range Of Salary In Gaming Industry Is INR Rs. 3,00,000 – 7,00,000 P.A. For Profiles Like Unity 3D Developer, Game Developer , Game Designer, Mobile Game Designer, Unity 3D Artist.
Games Have Now Become The Most Popular And Profitable Form Of Entertainment. Games have evolved tremendously in last 2 decades with the popularity of video games consoles like PlayStation and Xbox 360, PC games played through the Internet, and the increase of smartphone users playing games apps.
To provide the need of the employment opportunities available in the Gaming market , Arena Animation is launching Gaming Career Course in 3D Digital Game Art Program.
About Course :
The Gaming Industry globally is bigger than the Film or Television Industry worldwide. A Career in Gaming is considered as one of the trending choice of the new generation.
Gaming Studios rely on the artistic talents of Game Artists to drive the visual quality of the game, whether specializing in Characters, Assets/ Props or Environments.
Today’s Gamer looks not just for a good story, entertaining Gameplay but also stunning Game Art.
Course highlights :
Learn and demonstrate storytelling for Games by creating a Game Design Document (GDD)
Understand Game Mechanics, role of Game Characters & the process & practices of Game Level designing
Understand and Utilize the Game production pipeline and workflow between Blender, Zbrush, Substance Painter & Unreal Engine.
Produce Concept design for Game Characters and Environments (Game levels).
Model & digitally sculpt 3D Game Characters using Blender and Zbrush
Using modern texturing workflows, Create Game Asset Textures with Substance Painter.
Learn & create the process of Rigging & Animation of Game Assets and Characters
Learn the process of Character setup in Unreal Game Engine
Trending careers :
There Is A Rising Demand For Professionals In Gaming Industry, From Artists To Programmers To Designers To Audio Engineers. There Are Many Exciting Job Roles Available, Which Are Not Just About Playing Games But About Creating Them. Let’s Have A Look At Some Of The Rewarding Careers In The Gaming Industry.
Game Developer/ Programmer
Game Animator/ Visual Artist
Game Reviewer (Critic)
Advantages Of Gaming Industry In India :
World’s Largest Youth Population
World’s Second Largest Internet Population
Huge Skills Base Across IT, Testing And Arts
Availability Of Creative Talent
World-class Infrastructure And Advanced Technology
Presence Of Big Development Centres Like Microsoft, Nvidia, UbiSoft, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Playdom, Sony, Etc.
Eligibility criteria to join :
You can join Gaming course after 10th / 12th / Graduation.
10+2 students (Any stream)
Under Graduates – Fine Arts, Commerce, Science or Arts students (Any stream)
Students with a creative bent of mind and have Passion for design and Gaming
VFX refers to the procedure of creating imagery using live action captured with film making. Visual effects deal with the consolidation of real-life footage and computer-generated imagery (CGI) to make situations, which looks sensible; however, would be risky, costly, unrealistic, tiresome or challenging to shoot on film. Visual effects created with the help of software are available for the movie makers, thanks to the development of cost-effective and simple to use computer software programs.
In movies, everything is possible and nothing is impossible. Dinosaurs roam the Earth, the world comes to an end, mice get adopted by humans, a boy and a tiger are lost at sea and apes take over the planet. Humans battle alien races from lands far far away. Such is the magic of cinema, which is possible through special effects or visual effects (VFX) artists.
Computer generated effects aren’t just for futuristic movies and superhero films anymore. They’re everywhere. Switch on your TV and a CG effect is probably hidden in one of the movie scenes or advertisements you’re watching. Visual effects (VFX) is not meant to be noticeable, and that takes some serious talent and hard work.
VFX Industry :
Indian Animation & VFX industry is expected to grow to Rs. 11,360 crore by 2020.The film and television space play a vital role in boosting the industry. With the emergence of newer gadgets, the gaming industry has also boomed beyond boundaries. Still, more improved growth rate is expected in the next couple of years.
Evergreen Career in VFX :
A career in VFX is today a rewarding and creatively satisfying option for young minds and the job opportunities in the VFX industry are booming. However, while this success, and projected growth of the industry, has a lot of aspiring VFX artists excited.
One can begin their career as a visual artist mainly in the below industries.
TV channels/ Production Houses
Media and Advertising
Pay Scale for VFX Artist :
As a fresher, you can expect to earn around Rs.25,000-35,000 and once you gain adequate experience, anything from a lakh to a couple of lakhs and more is yours for the asking. And if you can’t decide whether to take on freelance projects or a full-time job, remember that freelancers are often paid more since they work on contract-based jobs.
Do you wish to be a part of the ever-evolving VFX world? The VFX industry in India is thriving and the VFX career path promises a whole bunch of career options for you – explore our Institute of Animation & VFX coursesthat can help you achieve your ambitions.
Arena Animation Sayajigunj Gujarat’s Number 1 institute of Vfx Training established since 23 years of Excellence in education .Arena Animation’s VFX Prime is a comprehensive program that trains students end-to-end in all aspects of visual effects to make them job-ready VFX professional also trains on the latest technologies and tools used in the Visual Effects industry.