Animation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Whether it is Mickey mouse, Donald duck, Tom and Jerry or Stuart little, it is possible only with the art of drawing. Though animation was formally demonstrated in 1828 by a Frenchman, Paul Roget, the first animated film 'Humorous phases of funny faces' by J. Stuart Blackton was made in 1906 by drawing comical faces on a blackboard, photographing them, and then erasing it to draw another stage of the facial expression. It was in 1914, that the first cartoon named 'Gertie, the Dinosaur' by Winsor McCay, consisting of 10,000 drawings, was shown as a film in the theaters.
Eligibility for Animation
Training is an important part of animation. To become an animator one does not need any specific qualification. Degree and diploma courses are in abundance nowadays. Minimum education qualification for a degree and diploma course in animation is plus two or equivalent. Any graduate can apply for post graduation in animation. But some institutions such as Industrial Design Center (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Design (NID) follows eligibility criterion that only graduate of architecture, technology and engineering, fine arts can apply for the PG course in these institutes.
There are some other professional courses as well. These courses include Courses in Traditional animation, Stop-motion animation, Rotoscoping , Computer generated 3D and 2D animation , Clay-mation , Photoshop , Human anatomy , Drawing etc helps one to specialize in a particular area. One should also have a basic knowledge in computer handling.
Job Prospects in Animation
This is a booming industry and has got a large number of job openings. A typical animation movie requires around 500 employees. Hence, an animated feature film offers considerable employment prospects. Numerous job opportunities are available in India as well as abroad in the exciting field of animation. It opens the door to film industries such as Hollywood, which is the world of special effects and imagery for films. Specialized computer knowledge and skills are essential for various jobs in the field of animation.
A good monetary return is the charm of this career. As a junior animator or trainee one could get between Rs.10000- 15000 per month. A three to five year experienced animator will get 25000 to 40000. And a well-experienced animator who has a good portfolio of excellent animation work could easily get 50000- 60000 per month.