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What comes to mind first when you think of animation? Cartoons, comic strips, movies into which are etched 3D characters drawn so intricately that they look human and alive. Anyone who has watched an animated movie, or enjoyed cartoons will know that, for all that cuteness quotient, animation is real, hard work.
The latest in animation now has to do with the use of computers and tablets. In the past years, animators had to physically draw the characters, and fill in all the coloring and other background details to put it all together. They had to add it to a storyboard, and sequence it themselves. With the advent of technology, this can be done at the click of a button. The field of computer animation actually offers the perfect blend of arts and science.
Another field complementary to animation is visual effects (VFX). It is broadly defined as the creation of sequences and images that would otherwise be too difficult to create on the sets of a movie. It is the technology used to add in whatever cannot be actually conceptualized and shot physically on the set.
One of the biggest names in the animation industry, Cartoon Network, has set up school at Abu Dhabi’s twofour54. It teaches 2D animation. The course is run in association with Bournemouth University in the UK, and Turner Broadcast Systems (USA).
American University in the Emirates at Dubai International Academic City offers 3D Digital Animation training, while SAE Institute offers courses in Audio Production, Film Production, Interactive 3D Animation, Web Development, and Games Programming.
• Animators today draw characters using technology
• Visual effects is a field that complements animation
• Various institutions offer animation courses in UAE
Source: Urmila Santosh, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer