Animation literally means motion. To animate means to give appearance of movement using varying drawings. Drawing every frame individually with gradual variation does it. The procedure is hard, and requires patience. The drawings are then played at the desired speed, which makes its look smooth.
If you are interested in a career in animation, you need to know that animators create sequences of motion picture art that tell a story or communicate a message. They also should be aware of the fact that animation is broadly divided into two namely- 2D and 3D animations.
Those who opt for a career in animation should be aware of the fact that the work consists of making drawings and working under a supervising animator, who usually gives out the scenes that are shorter, and works on the longer ones himself. Traditional animators used to draw each picture individually on paper, which were then transferred onto film, and when played back rapidly, gave the effect of motion. At present, animators do the acting, gestures, mouth shapes, but are not responsible for every single drawing in the scene. One second of 35-mm film can consist of 24 frames, but lots of people work on it.
A career in animation can be a rewarding experience. The work of an animator is not as technical as it sounds. It requires more of creativity. Animation gets technical though in certain scenes, when you have to keep track of the character walking in front of a moving background, especially if the character is also moving towards and away from the camera.
For a bright career in animation, you need:
*A good hand at sketching
*Strong imagination, visualisation, and illustration skills
However, these days, with the advent of powerful computers and software such as 3D Studio Max, Alias, etc, a career in animation can be very interesting as nearly all animation work is being done on the computer. What's more, animation is even taught to kids, as they grasp much faster and are more interested in animation as compared to adults.
If you are looking for a professional career in animation, beware of the numerous multimedia academies that offer to teach you animation. Most of them only teach you the bare technical basics and lack qualified & talented faculty. If you want to opt for a career in animation, it is wise to ascertain the competence and experience of the faculty in teaching the software packages before signing up at any of those institutes.