Dead-set on becoming an animator? Here's what you should know to make it big in the industry.


Dead-set on becoming an animator? Here's what you should know to make it big in the industry.

Your admiration for Disney’s and Pixar’s films goes beyond their touching stories and catchy songs and 

even extends to the physical design of the characters and their movement. Yes, you know in your heart, 

you want to be an animator.

 

Before enrolling in Animation school, naturally you would consider if there’s any future for you in the 

industry. What do you need to know? What skills must you possess? What courses should you take? Will 

you make a lot of money doing animations?

 

What is animation?

 

For starters, anyone can get into animation. According to Dane Romley, iACADEMY’s Creative Director 

and former layout artist and designer for The Simpsons, a career in animation needs more than just the 

ability to put pen into paper. What it really takes to get into this industry and excel is the passion and 

continued desire to keep learning. “Skill and technique are nice things to have, but it really needs to 

come from the inside. Passion works. Passion keeps you working,” he said. 

 

Would it pay the bills?

 

Let’s say your heart is in animation. Great! But will you be able to make a living out of it?

 

Unknown to most people, animation is a growing industry in the Philippines. Animation work from 

Germany, France, Australia and the United States are outsourced here in the country. According to an 

Inquirer article, in 2011, the animation industry generated total revenue of $128 million or roughly P5.3 

billion. But for the adventurous types, graduates of animation have lots of work opportunities outside 

the animation industry. For instance, they can opt to work for television shows, movies and they can 

also do commercials, ad campaigns, and graphic design. They can also venture into videogame 

development, work in the magazine industry, or try illustrating books. Getting a fulfilling job is not a 

problem.

 

Where should I go?

 

Passion – check. Work opportunities – check. Next step is choosing a school. When choosing an 

animation school, what’s the first thing you need to consider? “Potential students should be looking at 

the curriculum and what kind of connection the school has with the industry,” Romley said. After 

college, it would be a huge help for graduates to have something set up for them in the real world. 

 

For instance, iACADEMY offers internships with animation studios in the country. The school also 

encourages students to enroll in international internships with Disney and similar companies. This is the 

kind of education experience that iACADEMY can offer. Its teachings are grounded on both traditional 

and digital design. Even if the school boasts of having the latest hardware and software in animation and 

design, Romley believes the computer and other gadgets computers and gadgets are just tools, and that 

in the end, the fundamental skills are still the most important.

 

These fundamental skills do not only include an eye and skill for design but also a knack for storytelling. 

According to Romley, in the end, animations are judged based on their stories and characters. For him, it 

is not enough to have visually appealing characters; these characters must have dynamic personalities to 

support the overarching story. To help students achieve this, iACADEMY offers animation scriptwriting 

classes where students can learn how to write good stories to go with their skills for design and 

aesthetics. 

 

So you see, the next Pixar hit could very well be tucked inside your head. All you need is the guts to see 

it through. ##

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