Animation is the manipulation of electronic images by means of a computer to create moving images. Among many, Pixar Animation Studios is one of the most successful producers of animated media in the world. I am listening to an audio book, Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder, where he tells of the triumph of creativity in the face of difficulties. Since his university days, Ed wanted to produce the world’s first animated movie using computer graphics. The book is a captivating story about his career and how he and his team achieved that feat in 1995. Have you ever seen Toy Story? Or tried to take off like Buzz Lightyear: “To infinity and beyond!”?
The world of computer animation is a fascinating field. From short films to full length films, animated gifs and other media, animation is also used in video games, motion graphics, special effects, and user interfaces1. Any young person interested in pursuing a career in animation will find it a rewarding experience intellectually and financially. But like all valuable things it comes at a cost which is nothing compared to the satisfaction of seeing stuff you produce come alive on a screen somewhere or everywhere in the world.
Check out the online Pixar in a Box course at Khan Academy for an interesting educational excursion in animation. The course includes lessons in color science, virtual cameras, effects, character modeling, and rendering. I encourage you to try it out if you are interested. Also, you will be impressed by this real life animation studio in Lagos, Nigeria. They call it the Orange VFX Studios. They create, and help others create great animation products.
And for some inspiration, check out turtletaido.com, home of a Nigerian children’s animation series I like so much. The theme song “turtle taido, turtle taido, turtle taido, turtle taido” is currently one of my favourite songs. I love the children’s voices chanting those two words.
P.S. Pixar Theory? I stumbled on this site explaining how every movie Pixar has made fit together.