All you need to know about the difference between animation and VFX
Anyone who watches movies these days are aware of the concepts of animation and VFX. Not just movies, animation and VFX has become an avid part of the advertisement industry as well. But do you know the difference between these two extremely popular technologies of entertainment. If not for everyone but if you desire to follow your career in the media Industry you must know the difference between animation and VFX. Though both the sectors operate under the same roof yet there us a difference between the skill set required for the artists working under it.
Animation is the process in which images are added with a motion by the rapid movement of those images in a sequence. Animation can be stored in the form of flip books, video tapes, motion picture movies or on digital media and some of the formats on which it is stored are digital video or flash animations. But truly animation is the result of the combined effort of vision and imagination. From the cartoons that we watched as children on POGO or Nickelodeon, to the extraordinary animated movies that we watch today in 3D, everything is animation. Animation films do not consist of any real person or backdrop, everything created digitally. At this age of Technology, we have High Performance Workstation, which helped artists produce High Quality and more realistic animations. Disney being the pioneer of this exemplary technique of entertainment has shown us the rapid growth that this art form is capable of, from classic Mickey Mouse cartoons to films like Big Hero 6.
Let’s look into the different techniques of animation:
1. Traditional Animation
Initially animation was all about pictures drawn on transparent acetate sheets called cells. Those were then taken frame by frame with a minutely crafted change in each snap. This process was mostly used in the 20th century for motion picture films.
2. Stop Motion Animation
This type of animation also includes frame by frame photography, the only difference being that it refers using real world objects and physically manipulating them to create the illusion of movement. This is a less expensive and time taking process.
3. Computer Animation
This is the computer generated animation technique that mainly is categorized in two types:
a. 2D Animation – involves the manipulation of images and 2d vector graphics. The process involves techniques like traditional animation, onion skinning, interpolated morphing and rotoscopy.
b. 3D Animation –involves the creation of 3 dimensional graphics. The animator gets a rigged model and works to make the illusion of movement.
Those who learn animation in today’s job market are in luck of getting some amazing job roles in some studios that internationally renowned. The different types of jobs available in regards to the animation field are :-
- 3D modeler
- Rigging Artist
- Texturing Artist
- Lighting Artist
- 2D and 3D Animator
Visual Effects(VFX) is the process of creating computer generated visuals or imageries that can be combined with recorded live action shots. This art form is usually used to get surrealistic visuals excluding the cost and dangers involved in them if they were done in real life. VFX is one of the most crucial elements in the making of a film and is usually integrated during the post production of the movie, but the planning of this is choreographed during the planning phase. To sum it up, VFX is implementing Computer Generated Effects Into a Live Action Footage.
The following are the categories in which VFX can be segregated on the basis of software usage and application:-
1. Matte Painting
This kind of imagery has the combination of different kind of images and objects which further with editing is merged together to create a single image of the desired output.
2. Live Action Effects
This process involves keying of actors by means of blue or green screening.
3. Digital Animation
Particle Effects, digital sets and background, composting and rotoscopy all fall under this category and involve using of a software to add or remove elements as per requirements of the film.
This amazing industry of VFX has various interesting job roles waiting for you:
- Composting Artist
- Rotoscope Artist
- Matte Painter
- Paint Artist
- 3D Match Moving
This blog is a mere attempt to let you know that, how vast and how different is the animation and VFX industry with respect to techniques, job opportunities and filmography. To all those who are attempting to start a career a career in either animation or vfx, take a clue from this article and choose your course wisely, be very specific about what you want to pursue. Your knowledge of animation will not benefit you i getting a job in the field of vfx and vice versa. Choose a good animation/vfx institute that teaches you either of the courses in details and provides you with practical exposure.