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Career in Animation

A creative bent of mind and an artistic inclination measure the unrestricted boundaries of the world of animation. “Creativity is the visualisation of illustrations and imagery, story-telling techniques and the ability to transfer ideas into form.” says Nilesh Jawarani. Centre Director. Arena Animation. To this, adds Amit Sharma, Framebox Animation’s Centre Director. “Anima­tion multimedia, is best defined as consolidation of text, sound effects, graphics and visual skills.”

Emerging dimensions

There is not a single field sans animation effects these days. From cartoons to movies, advertisements, product designing, websites and research, animation has a hold everywhere. Gaming and graphics are the latest additions to its credit.

What you need

As the scope of animation is rising as never before, there are many things that you need to keep in mind while opting for this career. Besides being innovative, you need to be full of ideas and be willing to implement them. Besides this, a degree or a diploma in animation and advanced courses is also requisite for forging ahead and making a place for you in the industry “For a beginner, a preliminary course in 2D and 3D animation is a must. The aspirant may move ahead to any advanced course later,” guides Sharma. Besides teaching graphics, these courses also aim at pre-production skills such as sketching, storyboarding and creative visualisation.

Career Options/ Scope

“There is no dearth of career options in this field. One can be a modeller, layout artist, clean-up artist, key frame animator, background artist and in-between animator in this industry” shares Jawarani.

“Gaming industry is fast catching pace these days. There is the excellent prospect for early movers in the industry. It has tremendous potential because of a ready market across the country”, says Jawarani. Game modellers, rigging artists, game animators, level designers, environment modellers and mobile game designers are some of the latest career options. According to Sharma. “We have a much bigger market than Hollywood as the cost of animation related projects is 10 times cheaper than in the United States.” Adds Varun Raja Nemani. a freelance character animation artist. “Globally too it has widened the perspective and scope as a lot of out­sourcing for international companies like Dreamworks, Pixar, Blue Sky and Sony pictures is going on these days.” Some institutes like Academy of Anima­tion and Gaming (AAG) are offering a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in gaming accredited by Karnataka State Open University

Salary

Freshers can expect a start of Rs 5000-10000 depending on their skill and creativity. With time and experience, and depending on skill sets, sky is the limit.

Institutes:

Various universities and institutes offer degree and diploma courses in animation. Some of the major ones include:

  • Frame Box. New Delhi
  • Academy of Animation and Gaming (AAG), New Delhi
  • Arena Animation, all over India
  • Animaster, all over India
  • Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Mumbai
  • National Institute of Design (NlD).Paldi.Ahmedabad
  • Maya Academy Of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai
  • Zee Institute Of Creative Arts (2ICA). Secunderabad
  • The Toonz-Webel Academy, Kolkata
  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
  • The Heart Animation Academy, Hyderabad
  • The JJ School Of Arts, Mumbai

Workshop

Students had only heard and read about the Indus Valley civilisation. But soon, during history lectures they will be able to take a virtual trip for a sneak peek into their lives in those times — as if it were all real. Further, during science lectures students will be able to see each and every part of an airplane. With the human resource development ministry launching the National Mission on Education through ICT, such innovations in education are just around the corner. The ministry is preparing a team of teachers and technicians well-versed with 3D animation. The ministry recently organised a five-day workshop at the Institute of Lifelong Learning (ILLL), Delhi University to offer hands-on experience in the field of animation. Teachers, students and IT representatives from IITs, Ignou and various schools attended the workshop. AK Bakhshi, director, ILLL, said, “To produce content in written form on the internet will not make learning interactive. The content has to be delivered with the help of animation. We have already used 2D animation to explain chemistry experiments. But 3D creates a virtual environment and can explain the concepts more easily.” The training introduced participants to various stages of animation like modelling, materials, lights, rigging etc. Manish Gaur, Autodesk, trainer at the workshop, said, “Many educational concepts can be explained with the help of 3D animation. It is teachers who are authors of the content that is delivered through ICT. If the author has the knowledge of animation he/she can make a storyboard and communicate it to the animator effectively. This workshop will try to bridge that gap between the author and the animator.” Also, those working on the National Mission on Education project found the workshop useful. Rahul Rajput, coordinator of the ICT project at IIT-Kanpur, pointed out, “We had been working on Maya software to create animation. This workshop introduced us to 3D Max and how it provides a comprehensive, integrated 3D modelling, animation, rendering, and compositing solution that enables you to quickly ramp up for production.” Richa Verma, a teacher from the New State Academy school had always been eager to learn about animation. “This workshop introduced me to the basics of animation, how to rotate things, how we can create simulations, etc. I feel we can use animations in every subject to explain concepts to our students. In fact, in science, you can explain the structure of molecule which is not visible to the naked eye. Animation can help us relive the historic civilisations, architecture etc. In mathematics, theorems can actually be explained with the help of 3D animation,” she said.

[ From http://www.icbse.com ]

Quotes on success

1. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” Tony Robbins

2. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” Ruth E. Renkl

3. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates

4. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden

5. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”  Abraham Lincoln

6. ” If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

7. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” Anonymous

8. “When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous

9. “Screw it, Let’s do it!” Richard Branson

10. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa

11. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

12. “The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale

13. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” Jonathan Winters

14. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

15. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

16.“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown

17. “The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.” Silvio Berlusconi

18. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” Michael Gerber

19. “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” Henry Kravis

20. “Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.”  Ross Perot

21. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” Ted Turner

22. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

23. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Donald Trump

24. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J Watson

25. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

26. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

27. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” Sam Walton

28. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki

29. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” Anonymous

30. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffet

31. “Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.” Paula Nelson

32. “Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” Jim Rohn

33. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

34. “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” Vinnie Rege

35. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar

36. “People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Tony Robbins

37. “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick

38. “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” Guy Kawasaki

39. “A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.” John D. Rockefeller

40. “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” Russell Simmons

41. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart

42. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

43. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”  Maya Angelou

44. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

45. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader

46. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

47. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” Napoleon Hill

48. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban

49. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis

50. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch

Tips To Improve Your Handwriting

Everyone knows handwriting analysis tells a lot about someone’s personal style, attitude, responses and personality. When you know how to analyze handwriting, it becomes a profoundly valuable asset to your other living and management skills as it gives you an added dimension when assessing the people you work and interact with.

Your handwriting also offers instant clues to your energy levels, attitudes, trustworthiness and so forth. But do you know that you can also develop auspicious handwriting that brings success luck in everything you do that requires you to write? This includes all aspects of studying, working and living, so developing lucky handwriting is something everyone can benefit from.

How you cross your T’s, dot your I’s, create your loops, start your paragraphs and slant your handwritten sentences can reveal a great deal about you… but more importantly it can also affect your success luck, so it is really worthwhile taking a closer look at your handwriting.

Writing in an auspicious way is knowledge that can help you enhance your life. Few people realize they can use their handwriting to strengthen their personal power and magnetism. Handwriting can be used to unearth hidden talents as well as jumpstart the manifestation of brilliant attainments.

Your inner strengths can be strongly magnified thereby giving you some key tools to handle yourself more effectively and interact more profitably with those you work and do business with. You can develop good habits in handwriting that work on the subconscious chi energy sent out through the fingers of your hands.

It works in the same way master calligraphers develop their writing skills. Good handwriting in Chinese always possesses strength and vigour, infused with chi that brings auspicious luck. This is why those in the know appreciate good calligraphy so much.

We can apply the basic indicators of good chi to writing the modern languages including English. The written word makes up a great deal of everyday working life. So when we consciously work at improving the luck potential of our handwriting, the sky is the limit.

Here are 8 easy ways to work on your handwriting so it brings you greater success, improving your money accumulation luck slowly but steadily.

1. Create strength & spirit in your handwriting
Do this by holding your pen with conscious feeling and as you write, visualize the essence of your inner spirit flowing from your hands into your fingers, then into your pen/pencil/brush. When you practise doing this consciously, you will find your written word getting clearer and visually sharper. As you write, become aware of the pressure you are exerting. The secret of creating chi in your fingers is to focus concentration on them. Practise exerting just enough pressure on your writing instrument – neither too hard nor too light. Keep your pressure balanced and let your pen flow smoothly. This ensures that what you undertake will not be made difficult by obstacles and hindrances.

2. Use as good a pen as you can afford
Even in the old days, Ministers at the Court of the Emperor used exquisitely made brushes each time they sat down to compose poetry or write important letters. The art of writing was a serious matter and good writing instruments were highly prized possessions. In those days, these were brushes made of the finest sable hair and tied together with the finest silks. Today, we have a range of branded pens made of gold and platinum and crafted to perfection by master craftsmen.

You do not need to buy one of these limited edition wonders made by the likes of Mont Blanc and Montegrappa, although it would be highly auspicious if you can afford them. But do invest in the best pen you can afford and imbue it with your spirit and essence. The more you use your special pen to write all your important missives and sign all your documents, the more empowered your writing becomes.

3. Make your handwriting straight
Handwriting that is straight indicates living in the present. The worst is to have handwriting that slants backwards, as this suggest a person who is always living in the past, always looking behind instead of looking ahead. It also suggests someone with little self confidence. This creates the chi of failure rather than success, so try to make your writing stand straight. If your writing slants forward, it means you often get ahead of yourself. It does NOT mean looking ahead. Slanting forward can suggest you are frequently unprepared for the job at hand. Straight handwriting suggests confidence and someone who is fair and upright as well as being well in control of situations.

4. Keep your spaces consistent
When your words have even spacing between them, it ensures that what you do will always go according to plan. Your life will benefit from good organization and well-managed staff. At work, you will find it easy to manage people and others find you reliable and responsible. When you make an effort to keep your handwriting evenly spaced with straight margins, it reflects a mind that is well ordered. You will then find it easier to make decisions efficiently and decisively.
Those who write with straight and consistent baselines usually have the valuable ability to plan ahead and exercise self-direction. Such people eventually become very self-motivated, a key ingredient of success.

5. Good idea to introduce an upstroke
Handwriting experts will tell you that when there are no upstrokes in the beginning of your words, it is a sign that you are direct, frank and efficient. You say what you feel with no beating about the bush. To some, this is a plus point. To be a success however calls for tact and diplomacy, and perhaps even a little dance before the main course. When you start your words with an upstroke, it also means that everything you do will have a good positive beginning, so it is a good idea to develop some upstrokes in your handwriting.

6. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s
Attention to detail is a great asset and can usually be the difference between success and failure. It also helps you develop memory power. When handwriting is left with i’s undotted and t’s uncrossed, it suggests jobs left half finished. This means projects get started but seldom come to successful conclusions. So when you write carelessly, how can it bring success? Attainments come to those who are both careful and thorough, so learn to be meticulous about crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s.

7. Create upper loops
To be successful, you need to have a vision for success. If you want the inner visionary in you to manifest, create upper loops in your handwriting. This engages the divine dreamer within you, and in many ways also enhances your creativity. You should not overdo this however. Choose certain key alphabets to write with an upper loop. Letters that allow for this are f’s, t’s, h’s and so forth. When the upper loops are completely missing, it means you lack vision. This may however not be such a bad thing, as sometimes dreamers tend to be too idealistic.

[From wofs.com]