INTERVIEW: Study tips for animation studentsPooja Mathur352|2Last Updated:09:00 am, August 03, 2012
Sohini Ghoshal believes that Animation requires a lot of hard work and dedication as the field has become very competitive. Here is her perspective about animation field...
How did you hear about Animation?
When I was looking for colleges and courses to join after my class 12th, animation was a completely new field. While applying to various courses at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. I applied to BSc animation too. It was the first time a degree course was being offered in this field. That is when I got to know about it.
Why did you go for a degree in Animation?
I have always been in to art and crafts, and since childhood I have been a creative person. So, animation seemed the right field for me. Also, i wanted to do something different from the usual courses.
What is the best part of the course for you?
The best thing about a course in animation is that the environment is like that of any real studio. There is no mugging up to do. We have the liberty to think out of the box. There is no scope of cut copy paste when it comes to finishing of assignments, because we can’t cut copy paste anyone else's animation! Also, there are a variety of subjects we study from animation to still life study to film studies to script writing.
What parts of the course do you find challenging?
Animation seems like a very fun thing when you see it from outside, but when you actually get into the field, you realise that it involves crazy work hours, immense amount of hard work. Creating just a 2-minute animated clip involves a huge amount of effort. Animation is a field where your work matters, not how much you score in papers. So one has to keep on practicing and try and get better and better.
How many hours do you study for?
Here, there is nothing like conventional studying. It is more practical based. There is hardly any bookish knowledge involved. It is an art, which needs to learn. So one can’t really say how many hours of studying are involved. But one must constantly practice.
Is there any advice you would like to give students who are interested in taking the course?
If you really are passionate about animation, go for it and give it your best, because it is a competitive field. One must be really good at his work to be accepted by the industry. And for those who are good, sky is the limit.
What is the scope of Animation?
Animation industry is vast which is new and booming. Since it is a comparatively new field it must be exploited and properly groomed according to international standards.
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