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Animation is for everyone! Dhimant Vyas, the veteran artist and animation film designer, throws light on the future of animation and the role it plays in education.

Animation is a versatile medium that caters to a wide range of audiences. But with this versatility comes the grave responsibility of creating relevant content. The right content will not only increase the popularity of animation but also have a healthy impact on children.

Challenges of Making for all Ages

The animation is for all ages! It is a powerful and universal communication medium. The beauty of animation is that it can tell a story even without the need for dialogues. Some good examples are Tom & Jerry, Shaun the Sheep and Minuscule. Charging a below-par rate is going to hurt you, over time. Talk to your peers and know the general rates. Sources like ArtPact, Glassdoor, etc. help find out the hourly and per piece rates for illustrations and such.

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The real challenge though is faced at the pre-production stages like scripting and storyboarding. It requires careful planning to convey a story without dialogues. Everyone has a child within them, and animation is a great way to bring out this child. But this is possible only by bringing out perfect emotions, mood and actions through different mediums of animation.

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The Future of Animation in India

The animation industry in India has changed drastically in the last 20 years. There was a time where only a handful of people knew the meaning of animation. Very few individuals were involved in this field, the animation studios were small and sparse, and the institutes themselves weren’t that many.

Today this industry has gained quite a bit of popularity. The growth is slow, but I am very hopeful about the future. We need a wider audience to be interested in animation like in Japan. In Japan, animation and comics are far more popular than live-action films.

One advantage of the digital age is that knowledge and learning are just a click away. Earlier our avenues of learning were limited to animation books, VHS cassettes, and a few movies that played in the theatres. Today the possibilities are unlimited.

For a better future, we all need to work together, especially youngsters. Instead of looking for the easy way out, they should focus on quality, creativity, innovative ideas, new styles, and above all a better storytelling.

Roles of Animation in Learning

The animation is most watched by children. Hence, we have a responsibility to create good content. Children are impressionable and the learning at that age leaves a great impact. Television channels need to be careful about the content they air. Even parents need to be aware of the different consequences of being exposed to different content and thus ensure children watch only the right material.

We often find shows with extreme violence that could negatively impact children. It is important for creators of animation to take responsibility and create positive content, to help nurture the children’s minds.

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Published in Issue 46

We all design for different audiences and always keep trying to figure out what they would need and how will they react to our designs? But, one audience who is the youngest of all and most difficult to predict is ‘Kids’. So, to get more clarity, we focused on animation design, an extensively used medium to influence these young ones. We interviewed and feature experts opinion from the industry leaders such as Suresh Eriyat, Dhimant Vyas and Vaibhav Kumaresh to ponder on the use of animation for early education. Our cover designer, Sonia Tiwari, an animator, and visual designer, shared her thoughts on ‘How to make learning fun again’. While Suresh Eriyat emphasises on using animation as an effective medium for education, on the other hand, Dhimant Vyas and Vaibhav gave advice on how to make content for the young ones.

 

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The future of animation will be far beyond entertainment. Suresh Eriyat, the Indian animation legend, tells us how animation will change the education landscape for the better.

E very aspect of the world is transforming rapidly, right from art and culture to technology. Animation is slowly finding its way into different fields, and the aspect of education is no exception. This engaging medium has tremendous scope and possibilities in the learning environment. And in a world so high on technology, it makes sense to foresee future where the lines between education and animation are blurred.

01 Animation as a Tool for Simplification

Animation will most definitely be an integral part of education in the future. One vital function is simplification of concepts. For example, in the field of medicine, animation helps make the learning more demonstrative.

 

Now with the possibilities of augmented reality and virtual reality, there are so many possibilities to look forward to. Even in schools animation serves as a tool to understand the primary STEM subjects with more clarity.


02 Making Education Engaging and Fun

There is a need for the process of learning to occur in a more interesting manner. Children can get bored, especially with the rigid text book system followed now. It is important to adapt the education methods to suit children.

 

And animation is a great way to engage children and help them learn concepts better. It is better that a child internalises the concepts than mugging them up just to pass an examination and forget that forever afterwards.


03 The Need for Constant Updating

Knowledge keeps getting updated and changing with new findings. Unfortunately with text books these updates reflect barely once in 10 years or 5 years at best. But interactive mediums and the information on the internet keeps updating constantly. In an age where things and facts are changing so quickly, it makes sense for animation and usage of graphics to come in as a useful explanatory tool.


04 The Changing Learning Landscape

The world of education is evolving. Thus the methods and approaches will need to organically change as well. Today there are so many learning platforms like Khan’s academy and Byju’s, where animation and graphics are extensively used. It’s only a matter of time before animation becomes integral to education systems.


05 Invoicing

Be prompt about sending in your invoices as soon as the job is done. Most of the bigger companies have fixed billing cycles so if you are late and don’t send your invoices in by a certain time, it might take up to the next cycle to get paid.


06 Passive Income

It’s always great to supplement your commissions with passive income. This means that you can generate revenue with minimal effort, based on the work that you have already done. Examples of this would be Print on Demand (POD) services for prints, licensing; selling content like tutorial videos, brushes, and so on.06


07 Plan Downtime

Plan for the downtime and try to save up at least 3-6 months of your basic living expenses. When you start out keep your overheads low, embrace the frugality till you know you have saved up enough to not panic if the work dries up for a while.

Published in Issue 46

This issue is focused on, how to design for kids, bundled with articles full of inspirations, advice and unique point-of-views from the veterans of the animation industry, illustrators, photographers, artists and many more. So, order your copy or subscribe, before print copies run out and enjoy reading this issue!

 

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