Being a cartoonist need not keep one shackled to newspapers and magazines; with global animation and gaming companies scouting for talent in India, they are in great demand. “You can go into visual effects, animation, gaming and more,” said Shajan Samuel, senior VP, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), Bangalore.
In a bid to provide a platform for those aspiring to sketch cartoons, MAAC, in association with the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, is organising ‘MAAC-artoon 2012’, an intercollegiate cartoon competition on December 1. It will be open to students belonging to the age group of 15-21 years across all colleges in Bangalore.
Samuel is happy with the response so far. “We announced it in November and we already have 500 entries from across the city. We are expecting at least 700 by the end of the competition. From these entries, we will shortlist the best 60 who will have to compete on December 1,” he said. The top 30 student finalists will have the opportunity to display their work at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists.
According to Samuel, animation is a growing field, especially in Bangalore. “There are so many production houses that outsource their work to India and set up local offices, especially in Hyderabad and Bangalore,” he added.
Listing some of the major animation projects done in India, he said, “Part of the animation of the tiger from the movie Life of Pi was done here at Rhythm & Hues office. A part of the animation for Madagascar was done at the Dreamworks studio in ITPL. There are a lot of opportunities here. Television channels, small studios, advertising agencies, all hire cartoonists for story boarding and other jobs. We just need to change our outlook.”
“These days even getting into a good engineering college does not guarantee you a paycheck and more parents these days are open to other opportunities,” he added.