1. Why should I choose animation filmmaking as a career?
As the entertainment industry grows globally, in the past two decades, the amount of animation film, television channels exclusive for animation, VFX in feature films, gaming have grown phenomenally. There are plenty of career opportunities not just in India, even in International segment.
2. What is the scope of animation filmmaking as a career?
In feature films there are 2 categories A - fully animated films ex:
Lion King, Shrek, Finding Nemo etc., B - VFX almost every film has got some portion of vfx integrated ex: lord of the rings, spiderman, matrix, krish, dhoom etc., there are close to 10 channels in TV format telecasting only animation contents, animax, cartoon network, pogo, disney etc., Gaming - is a huge business in entertainment and gaming industry generates more revenue than films & tv(including live action)
3. What is the technical approach of teaching at Whistling Woods School of Animation?
softwares keeps changing as per the industry requirements. As WWIL is already partnered with many indian studios and international studios like dreamworks etc., softwares keep changing. Our approach in teaching softwares is, its just a tool to communicate your creativity. At the moment, apart from traditional animation, we teach photoshop for matte painting, toonboom for 2d digital animation, Autodesk Maya & Softimage XSI for 3D training and we have exclusive training in Zbrush and FACEROBOT for facial animation.
4. What kind of technology do you use at the WWI School of Animation?
The equipments used are very highend equivalent to any studio production process. We use highend Apple Macpros with Wacom Intuos and apple renderfarm.
Wacom Intuos tablet is used for Digital drawing (directly on computer), replacing pencil & paper. This gives the freedom for any artistic work and helps to correct the mistakes instantly, rather scrapping the work and restarting the way it’s done with pencil & paper.
Renderfarm is cluster of computers built only for reding the final output. This allows students not to worry about highend art work, as it generally difficult to render in normal computers. The renderfarm helps the students to continue their highend artwork in their system and parallely render the final output in renderfarm.
WWI is the 1st Institute to have renderfarm & one wacom per student.
5. What is the profile of the faculty?
The full time faculties are 8 -10 years of working professionals who had been working in top notch indian studios and had experience in working on projects for disney, warner bros, etc., Part time & visiting lectures are from different studios across India and international. To name a few, we had visiting lectures from Sony Imageworks, dreamworks, disney, crest, Big animation, Paprikas, UTV, Primefocus, Pixion etc., coming as visiting faculty.
6. What kind of salary can I expect once I complete the course?
Salaries depend on studios and individual skill set. There is no standard fixed rule. It might start from 15K - 30k for the students graduating from our students and its purely on merit of students skills and it varies from individual to individuals.