Animation is a multi-billion dollar industry creating content for the entertainment industry since more than a century. In spite of the recent global economic crises, animation industry across the world has continued to grow at a rapid pace. In India too, despite its late entry, the animation industry is on the path of expansion and ready to experience a prolonged period of boom. What is more exciting is the fact that this industry would give employment to thousands of prospective 2-D and 3-D animators every year. This boom is further going to be fuelled by the outsourcing of animation project work by Disney and other animation giants to India.
Often people misunderstand animation with cartoon but that’s not always the case. Animation works way beyond the cartoon industry and has employed people to a vast numbers. There are several courses you can take up for animation. A degree in animation can lead to a wide range of career paths. If you’re passionate about animation and willing to take it forward as a career path then you do have many opportunities lying ahead but at the same time you will be facing a huge amount of competition down the path as the industry is in demand and the number of applicants only increase over the time.
Now before you jump to the salary part of this, let me tell you it strongly varies upon your position and the quality of work that you are going to deliver. To be an art director one typically works from more junior roles with qualifications from an Animation school. An art director holds a very high position on an animation team, and most creative staff involved on a project report directly to him or her. Not only do art directors have the final say on what footage or stills are to be included in the final cut (as well as helping to coordinate and shape the entire project), but may also be required to train junior staff and manage budgeting requirements. Not to forget the art director has to also take care of the budgetary issues.
Another field you can go for is the stop motion animator, this person looks more into the editing suite. Stop motion animation is a very laborious discipline which takes an incredible amount of skill, attention to detail and, above all, patience. What sets stop motion animators aside from traditional 2D or 3D animators is that they must also set up physical rigs, usually to specification, in which to work with the models and camera equipment before using specialist software to bring it all to life in the editing suite.
Next comes the 3D modeler who brings the characters to life from the grassroots. This person has to elevate the imagination of the creators and shape it into the form of a proper 3D model character.
In conclusion, opportunities are many all you have to do is work hard and master your skills to find an appropriate path for your skills and bring them to work.