With a 30% YOY growth and a market scope of about INR 51.1 billion, specialization is what Animation is all about these days. Animation itself is a highly specialized field that is very serious business and hence the need for specialists instead of generalists who can get on the job fast and produce results from the word go. In its previous avatar, animation essentially meant illustration and the very basic use of technology. This definition has come a full circle with technology in the form of very complex softwares like Maya, Flash etc taking centre stage and very little remaining for actual physical work like illustrating, compositing etc.
That being the order of the day, animation colleges in India including the best animation institutes too insist on and try to get their students to do some or the other specialization in animation. A diploma at the bottom of the rung to an M. Sc. in Animation or M A in Animation at the very top have this thought always at the back of their minds. Today we tell you what you could do in the name of expertise in Animation and why.
The most difficult of the entire lot, performance animation includes simulating and copying the movements, mannerisms, looks and characteristics of every thing living and non-living which appears on the screen right from animals to humans to vehicles, space-crafts, rivers, mountains their movement. In short, everything. It includes movements, mannerisms, looks, way of speech and a whole load of things which make things look normal.
The entire specialization in animation as brought about by the best animation colleges or animation school in India teaches you one thing about modeling and that it its being as close to a real-life/ plausible situation as possible. Even a CD feature in 2D or 3D ought to have a ring of reality around it and cannot just shoot in the dark. Modelling as per any Maya animation course is thus the act of creating actual duplicates of characters, sets, locales and props which go into making the real stuff. With Maya Animation, these mostly can be done on computers thought at times, despite everything, real props need to be made. Modeling is thus a specialization in itself which demand the person’s complete undivided attention to make it a grand success.
Like mentioned before, animation colleges or animation institutes have gone beyond simple animation and deal a lot with very, very technical stuff. These are thus no more child’s play though the outcome may seem enticing only to kids! Stuff like motion rigging, rendering, motion libraries, lighting, etc calls for a lot of technicalities in animation and these are taught only by very good animation institutes of the stature of Pune’s P.A. Inamdar College of Visual Effects, Design and Art, an off-shoot of the famed Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society (MCES).
Animation without effects takes the life out of the craft! It is like chocolate without coco beans or a cream-roll without cream! Meaningless! Complex visual phenomena s like explosions, smoke, water, fire, rain, etc. are brought out by another specialization called effects which used advanced simulations and tools.
Not all that is filmed gets its 3 seconds on the screen. Most in fact never see the light of day and find their way on the editing floor. But how does one know what to cut, when and where? That is the work of another specialization called editing. These days with everything going digital, things can be stretched, compressed, colored etc at the click of a button. Animation colleges of repute in India teach this aspect of animation in full length to their students because it is this specialization which finally helps make a beautiful movie or feature.
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Specialization in animation brings one thing to the fore and that is the fact that any animation feature is the sum total and assembling of various individual components such as character, effect, background and adjustments layers. Even after that contrast and color adjustments, various kinds of balancing etc go into making the perfect animation movie. Compositing is thus the specialization of putting all the bits and pieces together, stitching it seamlessly into a sensible whole and then doing the right amount of trimming so that the end result looks very plausible and as nearest as possible to the original idea.
Lighting and Rendering:
How could one forget lighting and rendering. Lighting as we all know, means using lights just in the correct quantity to create the exact situation. Rendering means using complex software to create a life-like situation which does not look like something which came off a machine!
some examples from films or individual creatives
The best animation colleges anywhere in India teach its students these like Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society’s (MCES) P.A. Inamdar College of Visual Effects Design and Art, Pune and more in reasonable depth though ultimately it is upto a student’s likeling which determins one’s destiny in the field of animation.
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