The Various Nuances of Animation.

The animation is the stimulation of a movement created by a series of pictures, drawings, models or even puppets. It is a method of photographing that creates an illusion of movement in a sequence.

The increase in the demand of Animation artists and there are a lot of aspirants who are desiring to build a serious career in the animation industry. There are many schools, colleges and universities across the country who have come up with the Animation courses.

India is one of the nerve centres for the animation industry, multiple cities have established fine institutes to teach the skill, like animation course in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad etc.

Animation has allowed the storytellers to illustrate their stories exclusively. These intuitive fanciful worlds in animated movies reignite inspiration and the magic of stories irrespective of age group.

Let’s jump in to understand the types of animation artists use. There are 5 types of Animations.

  1. Cel ( celluloid ) Animation
  2. 2D Animation
  3. 3D Animation
  4. Motion Graphics
  5. Stop Motion
  1. Cel (celluloid)/ Traditional Animation

Before the digital revolution in the animation world, traditional animation was the norm for the industry. In which the artist has to draw thousands of images on special paper and photograph them frame by frame.

Even big companies like Disney have started with traditional animation. Traditional animation is exciting and enjoyable for people who love to use colour pencils, glass paints, watercolours etc. However, it is a very lengthy process.

  • 2D Animation

2D animation can fall under the traditional category, some of the early Disney movies like – ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Pinocchio’ etc were made using 2D animation. But there is something called Vector-based animation which categorises 2D as non-traditional animation.

In the Vector-based animation, you can control the motion by using vectors rather than pixels. Vector graphics don’t need to worry about the image resolution unlike in JPG, GIF, BMP where resizing the image affects the quality.

  • 3D Animation

3D animation involves digitally modelling a character, sculpting it perfectly and giving it a skeleton that you can move as per your requirements. In 3D animated movies, the animator uses a program to move the character’s body parts around.

The digital frames are set when all the parts of the character are in the right position. It is done for each frame, and the computer calculates the motion of each frame.

From ‘Toy Story’ in 1995 to ‘The Lion King’ in 2019 3D animation has become a dominant style in the animation industry.

  • Motion Graphics

The digitally graphic pieces that create the illusion of motion is Motion Graphics. Typically they are used in ads, title to sequence films etc. The text is the key player in it.

They are often combined with sound for multimedia projects.

  • Stop Motion

Stop motion is like traditional animation, but instead of drawing on sheets, you have clay models and a set that is carefully employed as per the requirements. It can also be done with puppets, silhouettes, action figures etc.

The objects are moved in small increments to capture one frame at a time and the illusion of motion is produced. Movies like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Chicken Run’ etc were made using this technique.

While the Animation industry has developed over the years and it has a long way to go. If you are an animation aspirant think of the possibilities where can you create differently? What all needs to be done? Think about the artistic skills and history of animation. Currently, there are some astonishing animation course in Hyderabad which will shape you into the finest animator.

To foster these skills it requires more than desire to make films, you need close attention and constant validation. Annapurna College of Film and media offers the Animation course in Hyderabad. Our filmmaking courses include Bachelors and Masters in Film and Media with Dual specialization.

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