Did you spend most of your childhood watching animation on various channels in the television? Did the animated characters came to your dream and you wanted to be like them? Were your notebooks filled with drawings of these cartoon characters? Did you want to make animation films when you grow up? If the answers for all these questions are YES, then you are at the right place at the right time. Animation film making is your coveted field of study and you will gain maximum success and work satisfaction in it. But, before you take the final plunge, let us tell you something about the vocation and about the people responsible for shaping this art form over the centuries. As the famous animator John Lasseter said, “Animation is the one type of movie that really does play for the entire audience. Our challenge is to make stories that connect for kids and adults”; animation has the widest audience from young children to old people. We present you with a list of the top animators, whose works has influenced animation that we see today.
Émile Cohl: One of the earlier exponents of the art of animation, Frenchman caricaturist Émile Cohl is sometimes referred to as “The Father of the Animated Cartoon”. In 1908, he released the first animation movie called “Fantasmagorie” followed by two more films “Le Cauchemar du fantoche” and “Un Drame chez les fantoches”.
Winsor McCay: He is credited to have been the pioneer of animation filmmaking in United States. Though, he initially found success in making comic strips, he gradually turned into animation in later days. Films like “Little Nemo” and “Gertie the Dinosaur” made in the years 1911 and 1914 respectively, became very popular in those times.
Ub Iwerks: He is the creator of the most famous cartoon character ever-Mickey Mouse. Along with Walt Disney, Iwerks co-founded the Walt Disney Company. He is also regarded as the pioneer of using special visual effects in the animated cartoons. He made the film “Steamboat Willie” entirely by himself. Being a versatile genius, he also won two Oscars for his work in developing cinematography and visual effects techniques.
Richard Williams: He is one of the famous animation personalities in the world. He donned many hats of an animator, writer, illustrator, teacher and director during his long career. Starting out as an animator, he directed Oscar-winning films like “A Christmas Carol” in 1971 and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in 1988. He also authored a book named The Animator’s Survival Kit in 2002 for all animation enthusiasts.
Peter de Sève: One of the most renowned animator and character designer in the modern times. He originally worked as an illustrator but went on to design characters for award-winning movies like “A Bug’s Life”, “Finding Nemo”, “Robots”, “the Ice Age trilogy”, “Hop” and “Arthur Christmas”. He also received multiple awards like Annie and the National Cartoonists Society Magazine Illustration Award.
Osamu Tezuka: Referred to as “The Father of Manga”, he is the inventor of the manga style of art that is today worldwide popular. He has worked as a writer, animator, producer and actor over his illustrious career. He worked in many films in different proportions such as “Astro Boy”, “Black Jack”, “Princess Knight”, ” Phoenix”, “Kimba the White Lion”, “Message to Adolf” and “Buddha”.
Ishu Patel: Regarded as an eminent animation scholar in the world, he has been training budding animators for more than 45 years. He has taught in prestigious animation schools like National Film Board of Canada and National Institute of Design in India. He also produced his own style and made films like “Bead Game”, “Afterlife” and “How Death Came to Earth”.
Nina Paley: She is an independent animator and filmmaker, who have gained success in the recent times. A comic artist in the beginning of her career, she turned to animation and produced many films of distinctive narrative styles. “Fetch!”, “The Stork”, “The Wit and Wisdom of Cancer” and “Sita Sings the Blues” are her popular works.
Nick Park: The most famous clay animator of our times, he took claymation to a whole different level. Starting out as a childhood hobby, he made a career in claymation. All budding clay animators look up to him for inspiration. He made many claymation films but “the Wallace & Gromit series”, “Creature Comforts”, “Chicken Run” and “Shaun the Sheep” are popular worldwide.
Glen Keane: He is considered as one of the most successful animators in the world. He is associated with all the famous animated movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Tangled and Aladdin. He has also produced and directed some animation films. Apart from being an animator, he has also worked as an author and illustrator.
So, you have learnt that animation has a long history and it has developed in its forms and styles over the years. From being just an art form, it gradually gained market and now is regarded as one of the biggest industry in the world. In the modern age, more and more artists are turning in to this medium and aspire to become the best animator. Different animation softwares are developed for high-end results and find answers to the wildest imagination.
We in VEDA are offering our flagship courses in traditional as well as computer graphics animation teaching basic arts, animation skills and related software programs. Here, you will learn all the different tricks involved to make an animation film. We also provide online animation courses in 2D and 3D using the latest software used at the industry in our state-of-the-art studio. We also provide training workshops in the field for everyone wanting to know: what is animation? There is a huge scope in this career of animation filmmaking and the industry is highly short of skilled animators. As one of the leading animation institutes, we wish to create the best animators in the country. Go to our Courses page, to find more about different careers in animation. Image © www.creativebloq.com
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