Animation Course: Types of Animation

When you think of animation, what comes to your mind?

People tend to think about cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Nobita, Mickey Mouse, Tintin, etc., and movies like The Jungle Book, Frozen and Smurfs, etc. first. However, animation also includes:

  • Video Games
  • Interactive media
  • Education – Visually explain difficult concepts 
  • Internet memes
  • Animated Gifs
  • Commercials/Infomercials
  • Websites/Splash Pages

But to identify the right courses to study Animation, we need to first understand Animation, what does it entail, its types, the skill required and then to compare it with the course curriculum being offered.  

What is Animation?

Animation is made from the Latin word “animate” meaning “to breathe life into”. Animation works on the principal that when slightly different still images (also called frames) are viewed together in a sequence, they give an illusion of motion – like a flipbook. Thus Animation is the art of making a movie out of still images. 

The animator visualizes and designs the entire sequence, and then he stitches the digital or hand-drawn pictures, photographs of static objects or computer graphics, etc. together using the computer technologies (also called frames), and these frames are then played at a fast speed to give an illusion of movement. 

Types of Animation:

  • Traditional Animation: Also known as cell animation. In this, the animator draws every single frame by hand to create an animated scene. To see the previous drawing through the top layer of paper, he usually uses a light table.
  • 2D Animation: This refers to vector-based animations, which gives more flexibility since an artist rather than constantly redrawing the characters, has an option to create rigs for the characters and at a time can move single body parts. 
  • 3D Animation: Also referred to as computer animation and currently, it is the most commonly used form of animation. It involves less drawing but more of moving of character in a program. The keyframes are created by the animator, while the rest of the work is done by the computer. 
  • Motion Graphics: This type of graphics is usually used for television promotions, explainer videos, animated logos, etc. since this involves animation (movement) of graphic elements, shapes, and text rather than those of characters (body movement or facial expressions) or storylines.  
  • Stop Motion: Stop motion involves an artist taking a photo of an object or scene and slightly moves the objects before taking another photo. He repeats this process until the completion of the scene. He uses each photo as a frame in the animation. 

Skills required:

  • Creativity
  • Good imagination & visualization skills
  • Observation skills-observe real-life characters and understand their expressions, reactions, movements 
  • Penchant for sketching or drawing
  • Colour matching 
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Attention to detail

Animation courses:

 “Animation & VFX Communication Design courses in Mumbai” are being offered by lots of colleges. Points to remember while selecting the right college:

  • Holistic knowledge in animation with competencies in updated technology, software, and techniques
  • Exposure through participation in competitions and live projects.
  • Professional degree and/or diploma that gives access into the international market
  • Comprehensive internship & placement program.

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