The profession of animation is nothing new. The dates are not exact but we can say that George Mèliés began experimenting with stop motion at the end of the eighteenth century and yet it is over the last 20 years that the industry, the quality of the productions, the quantity and the technology have taken a giant leap forward. This has allowed animation to become one of the most important techniques in the audiovisual sector.
Specifically in Spain, animation generates around one billion euros per year and approximately ten thousand direct jobs. This positions it as one of the most promising industries at a national and international level. In 2018 the Federation of Animation and Visual Effects Producers (Diboos) launched the White Paper on this industry. The reference study of the sector in Spain that highlights the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of the audiovisual industry with the greatest growth potential in our country. The general diagnosis was that the sector is clearly booming in our country and gaining weight within the audiovisual industry.
The report estimated the number of companies dedicated to animation at 250, most of which are located in Madrid and Barcelona. The animation companies represent only 4% of the total of Spanish companies dedicated to the audio-visual, they suppose 20% of the employment and 9% of the total invoicing of the sector, which demonstrates the great capacity of generation of business that they possess. Moreover, almost half of the companies active today did not exist a decade ago, which shows the effervescence that the sector is experiencing.
2D and 3D animation: The difference is in the dimension.
Animation today is a set of techniques that will allow you to communicate an idea using moving visual media created by a computer or manually. For each process there is a technique and for each technique there is a process.
The term 2D means Two-Dimensional. And 3D means Three-Dimensional. The 2D represents an object in two dimensions while the 3D represents it in three dimensions. The objects in a 2D animation are merely planes, such as a painting or a photograph. In the 3D animation the objects are like sculptures since they have a front, back, upper and lower part. You can surround them and see them from any angle.
Nowadays you can find many visual examples of movies, short films or even still images. The main difference is that each technique requires a different process.
What about video games?
A videogame is a complete product in which the animator has a very important role as a creator and creative. Although videogame production involves programming and hardware, one of the main parts of such creations are the characters, the environments and the interactivity. As technology has advanced, video games and animation have been sectors that have come closer and closer to becoming almost one. The great animators are behind the great video games of today.
Is studying 2D and 3D animation and video games for me?
Definitely studying such a complete career is not for everyone. Here we share with you some of the key points you should have if you think this profession is for you.
- The animation professional loves to tell stories and his great passion is to see them come to life.
- He feels a great commitment to what he does and is aware that he will have to keep up to date throughout his life to make quality products on par with the technological demands that the world constantly imposes.
- He loves working in a team and knows how to communicate his ideas perfectly.
- He is passionate about technology and sound and knows that these two elements will accompany him throughout his professional career.
- He has artistic skills. He is a good drawer or designer and has knowledge of composition to make his creations aesthetic.
At L’IDEM Barcelona you can study 2D and 3D animation and video games.
Committed to an innovative and competitive academic formula, both in terms of study content and methodology, L’Idem offers higher studies in 2D/3D Animation and Video Games and International Master in 2D/3D Animation. Our school has developed an academic program in which artistic training is very important, which is key to guarantee the creative progress of students. The student is immersed in a creative multicultural environment and receives classes led by an international and active pedagogical team.
If you are interested in studying Animation in an international environment, do not hesitate to contact us.