How to Succeed in 3D Animation

Demand for 3D animation is expected to grow by 15 percent annually with opportunities opening up in entertainment, gaming, architecture and even business design. With endless possibilities, 3D animation offers a career opportunity ideal for the creative mind wishing to pursue their dreams of working in an industry that caters to their free spirit.

In fact, 3D animation offers opportunities not only for full time careers, but for those who wish to work on a freelance basis as well as those with an entrepreneurial spirit wishing to develop their own business. With so much potential, how does one succeed in 3D animation?

Training and Education

The 3D animation industry relies heavily on animation software. Taking a course that covers the use of this software is therefore a must. Software that is used the most predominantly in the industry include Autodesk, Maya and the Adobe Production Suite. Diploma courses covering in-depth instruction on use of software in hand with the following will set students on the path towards a 3D career:

  • Storyboarding
  • Character Design
  • Character Modeling
  • Image Manipulation
  • Character Rigging
  • Textures, Skinning and Material Mapping
  • Lighting
  • Facial Animation
  • Architectural and Mechanical Modeling
  • Editing

Courses with an internship are ideal as hands on experience and training in the field are invaluable. Preparing demos and sample reels will also assist in demonstrating the skills acquired during the education process.

Practical Understanding

Once a course is completed a thorough understanding of these skills can be acquired through practice. 3D animators need to dig deep into their creativity and learn to apply the details that will allow them to create the most realistic images to carry their viewers into the worlds they design. Being able to interpret another person’s vision is imperative to 3D animators as often at the onset of their careers they will be bringing a director’s or writer’s ideas to life. Creating storyboards that translate into stunning environments, believable characters and entire worlds depends heavily on understanding the minute details of creating full flesh characters with realistic skin textures and a sense viewers can reach in and touch the scene before them with walk through and fly through effects.

Not all 3D animators long to create movies such as Avatar. They can take their own interests and pursue opportunities in Corporate Presentations, Medicine, Architecture, Web and Mobile Device applications. In other words, the sky’s the limit for successful careers in 3D animation.

  • Tracy

    My son is soon to be 16 and very interested in a career in 3 D animation. Does he need a portfolio to enroll in this course? What can he do during high school years to get some experience?