An animator is an artist who creates multiple images, known as frames, that give an illusion of movement called animation when displayed in rapid sequence. Animators can work in a variety of fields including film, television, and video games. Animation is closely related to filmmaking and like filmmaking is extremely labor-intensive, which means that most significant works require the collaboration of several animators. The methods of creating the images or frames for an animation piece depends on the animators' artistic styles and their field.
Other artists who contribute to animated cartoons, but who are not animators, include layout artists (who design the backgrounds, lighting, and camera angles), storyboard artists (who draw panels of the action from the script), and background artists (who paint the "scenery"). Animated films share some film crew positions with regular live action films, such as director, producer, sound engineer, and editor, but differ radically in that for most of the history of animation, they did not need most of the crew positions seen on a physical set.
In hand-drawn Japanese animation productions, such as in Hayao Miyazaki's films, the key animator handles both layout and key animation. Some animators in Japan such as Mitsuo Iso take full responsibility for their scenes, making them become more than just the key animator.
Animation is a top level field of Multimedia and consider as a more creative and imaginative. There are more number of courses are available after facing 10+2 level examination
You can choose courses like 2D-Animation, 3D-Animation and puppet Animation etc. There are two types of ways to purse animation. There are so many jobs opportunities in Animation course are following as
1. Advance Diploma in 3D Animation
2. Advance Diploma in Game Art
3. Bachelor of Art in Digital Media
4. Diploma in Animation Arts
5. Diploma in Fusion Animation
6. Diploma in VFX and Animation
Career Path 1
Class 10th -> 5yrs Integrated course in Fine Arts/Visual Arts ->A Multimedia Design Course with Specialization in Animation/Advance Entry post-grad at NID
Career Path 2
Class 10th -> Class 12th in any stream -> 5yrs Integrated course in Fine Arts/Visual Arts ->A Multimedia Design Course with Specialization in Animation/Advance Entry post-grad at NID
As a fresher, you'll be expected to put in long hours of work for meagre Rs 4000-6000 per month depending on your talent. However, once you have acquired animation skill in using high-end animation software, the salary increases rapidly. It could be anything between Rs 20,000-30,000 a month.
There is good scope for freelancing as an Animator. Here you could be drawing more than an experienced animator. Working as a professional in a studio or a firm as a freelancers, you can charge anything around Rs 50,000-60,000 or more for a 30 second film (depending on the animation required).
A major chunk of the work happens to be in the advertising agencies. You'll be involved in making short animation films for ads. Even independent television and film production houses employ animators to produce cartoon film and the likes. There are also some animation studios and multimedia design agencies specialising in animation. Once you are known in the industry, you can also get into freelancing.