Post-production is the final step in the process of creating an animation and involves exporting or rendering out the animation frames and then editing the parts of animation together using video editing software. It may also include advance level processes like compositing and color correction.
Animation is the process of designing, drawing, making layouts and planning of photographic sequences which are united in the multimedia and gaming products. It involves the usage and managing of still images to generate the illusion of movement. Animation has come an unbelievably long way since its commencement in the late forties. Digital animation, in both 2D and 3D, is now a common feature of any video, whether it be a fully-animated film or tweaks as small as color adjustment.
Scope of Post Production and Animation
The Indian post-production and animation industry is growing every year. As per KPMG India - FICCI Media and Entertainment Report 2017, The animation and post-production industry grew around 16.4 per cent, propelled by a 31 per cent growth in the VFX industry. Animation and VFX is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.2 percent during 2016 to 2021.
The entire focus of the post-production space has moved from analogue processes to new-age digital processes in feature film post-production. Visual Effects procedures like compositing,3D, matte painting, motion graphics,wire removals, crowd multiplication etc have increased.
Both south Indian and Bollywood indian cinema are competing neck to neck in terms of VFX use in films. For example, for the film Kaashmora VFX team worked on more than 70 minutes of footage, with most of the work comprising set extension. The team also used 3D face scan technology, shooting fight scenes with stunt doubles and merging the actor’s face onto their bodies. Baahubali 2, has selected around 30 VFX studios from the world.
Online and Classroom Training to acquire skills to become a Post Production or Animation Professional
One can pursue animation and post production courses either as a full-time or part-time student. Several programs are offered like certificates, diplomas, degrees etc. There are several post production and animation institutes in India, both private and government providing professional level training led by industry experts. It’s always better to go for an institute who can make their students work on live projects and provides job placement assistance during or after completion of the course.
Certificate and Diploma Courses in Post Production and Animation:
- Animation Master
- Animation Standard
- Post Production Master
- Visual Effects Master
- Post Production Standard
- Image Editing Master
- Adobe Premiere Pro
- Adobe After Effects
- Autodesk Maya
- Autodesk 3Ds Max
- Final Cut Pro X
Who all can pursue this career:
If you are creative and imaginative with good visualization skills, then career in animation and post production is the right choice for you. For a good animator and VFX artist, one must be good in drawing and sketching. Understanding of human, bird and animal expression is very important as it can help you express any character. The best way to enhance these skills by joining a animation and post production institute who also provides training on sketching and drawing.
Career Prospects in Post-Production and Animation Industry:
Work opportunities for professional animators and post production professionals exists in following sectors -
- Advertising Industry
- Online and Print News Business
- Film and Television
- Cartoon production
- Video Gaming
They can work under different profiles like:
- 2D and 3D Animator
- Video Editor
- Sound Editor
- Post Production Professional
- VFX Artist
- Texture Artist
- Rendering Professional
- Key frame animator
- Rigging artist
- Story Board Professional
The highest paying job opportunities in post-production and animation fit in the film and TV industry. But post-production and animation is becoming significant in every company. Businesses that make marketing videos, advertising agencies that makes commercials, and independent artists that post content online, all rely on them. With VFX and animation gaining importance, studios in India would continue to grow. Because of the increasing competition in the domestic market, protuberant studios would continue to lookout for more foreign work by establishing offices abroad and India.