For those of you who have look for courses after 12th standard, there exists a lucrative field called “Animation and VFX” which is very creative, exciting and if you can master it the way people want it, pay you well…..
Talking about animation, there was a time in the distant past…..two+decades back to be precise, when most of you were not around when there existed only one television channel…..our very, very grand-old Doordarshan (hear of it?? Which still makes staid, old, uninspiring programs for the old and the infirm!)! DTH was then unheard of.
In all these bleak times, there was this bureaucratic behemoth called the “Directorate of Audio Visual Presentation” (yes, they actual decided what Indians could see and what they couldn’t!) which surprisingly created a snippet of an animation titled “Ek Anek Aur Ekta” in the year 1974. It dealt with the effects of deforestation from the perspective of a child in simpler times……naivety, innocence and simplicity reeked!
To join courses after 12th, it is imperative to know of the industry. And if it is about Animation, the least you ought to know is what happened in India! After all you would be serving one of the biggest players in the Animation Industry world-wide, one that is your own ie…the Indian Animation Industry!
We may curse it to our heart’s content but cannot deny the fact that our Government ie., the Indian Government and its Bureaucrats were responsible in no small measures in getting animation making into India, at least in the initial stages. Come 1956 and the American Technical Co-operation Mission, a GOI initiative invited Disney Studio head honcho, Clair Weeks to help set-up India’s first animation studio. It resulted in the first animation feature titled “THE BANYAN TREE” in the year 1957.
Things immediately looked up from then on though it was only in the end of the 90s that India firmly got into the animation saddle. Snippets did trickle down every now and then but the real torrent took place only in the late 90s and early 2000s
Yes, young folks in their 30s today who too like you looked for Courses after 12th then have managed to place their feet firmly on the grounds of Animation and VFX. And all this in no small measures due to institutes like VEDA Animation college in Pune! Winners of the Neuker Awards 2014, they have the best of infrastructure, staff and courses which can find you jobs instantly in the happening arena of Animation in Pune.
Continuing from where we left off, it was the opening up of the economy in the early 90s that gave the industry the much needed fillip. An additional factor which has helped this industry was the emergence of the nascent television industry. Today it is no more nascent with big names from the movie industry trying their hands here. Tele serials are no more your staid DIL-MIL-KILL stuff and boast of some very impressive sci-fi and vfx stuff which is right in the arena of the animation industry! One interesting reason for Animation making inroads into the Indian entertainment industry initially was the small budgets of the serial makers meaning they would rather use animated characters than live actors as the latter came with a big tag attached. Today, the opposite seems true with real actors finding competition at the door-step and that too from folks who do not exist in flesh and blood!
Another reason animation has done well in India is that we are never short of stories. Our culture abounds with catchy stories whether real life or mythologies. These deal in every subject from love to separation to wars to……and all worth being told to others in the form of animation 2D, 3D or any as many Ds as you wish!
Students and young professionals who look for Courses after 12th would be better informed that in 1986 a person by the name of Suddhasattwa Basu created the first full length animated tele-serial named Ghayab Aaya! Close to a decade after that in 1992, The Ramayana- Legend of Prince Ram was created.
As of today, there is a whole library of stuff Indians have created in the name of animation. Some of this is mentioned below, like,
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992)
Pandavas – The Five Warriors (2000)
Bhagmati – The Queen of Fortune First Live Action Animated Feature Film (2005)
The legend of Lord Buddha (animated film) (2005)
Return of Hanuman (2007)
Dashavatar (2008 film) (2008)
Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang (2008)
Bal Ganesh (2007)
Lav Kush – The Warrior Twins (2010)
Toonpur Ka Superrhero (2010)
Ramayana: The Epic (2010)
Koochie Koochie Hota Hain (2011)
Alibaba Aur 41 Chor (2011)
Arjun – The Warrior Prince (2012)
Delhi Safari (2012)
My home is Green (2011)
Chintu Skool (2011)
Sons of Ram (2012)
Once Upon a Time (2013 film) (2013)
Mahabharat (2013 film) (2013)
Delhi Safari (2012)
Bal Ganesh 2 (2009)
Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan (2012)
Chhota Bheem and the Throne of Bali (2013)
Super K – The Movie (2011)
Lava Kusa: The Warrior Twins (2010)
Baru The Wonder Kid (2010)
The Green Chic – Finding Dad (2011)
Crackers (2011 film) (2011)
Pangaa Gang (2010)
Mighty Raju : Rio Calling (2014)
So if this field interests you (meaning beyond viewing Walt Disney cartoons!), VEDA animation and art College of Pune is the right place to be in. There are couple of course after 12th you can join, but mainly B.Sc. Media Graphics and Animation could be a right choice to you. Students for Arts , Science and even commerce background can join these careers after 12th
An interesting aside as far as our college goes is that we are not just into animation but the whole field of fine arts. You start from scratch. Yes, quite literally you scratch paper with pencil to create impressions and then go one to learn animations and VFX. An end-to-end teacher, VEDA’s students have recently won the prestigious Nuker Award in Pune which goes to show in no small measure what they really are.