May 3, 2009 12:07:45 am
With many international animation and visual-effect studios setting up branches in India or outsourcing their work to Indian studios,career prospects in special effects are growing steadily. Considering this,Seamless Education (SeamEdu),a Pune-based educational institution,has launched a first-of-its-kind course in visual effects that will begin from June.
The course will be centered at a software called Houdini used in most Hollywood films for special effects and other related applications like photoshop, said Harold Raichur,Director of Animation School,SeamEdu. According to Kedar Nigavekar,managing director,SeamEdu,not more than five persons in India use Houdini,which is a product of Canada-based Side Effects Software company.
There are two courses,approximately of one-and-a-half year each that will be offered to students from June. One will be for those who already have some experience in animation and the second for freshers, Akhlaque Shaikh,SeamEdus technical director said. The minimum eligibility for freshers is HSC from any stream. The course will be a blend of lectures and practicals,which will also involve video conferencing sessions by trainers from Houdini,Canada. The institute plans to take only 5-10 students in the first year.
SeamEdu will finalise the fee structure for this course in a month. We are currently doing a market survey to ascertain the fees. However,they will not be exceptionally overboard and mostly in-line with the animation course fees, said Arun Nigavekar,chairman of SeamEdu and former chairman of university grants commission.
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Explaining the benefits of learning Houdini,Richard Hamel,a representative from Side Effects said,Learning Houdini requires a student to thoroughly understand the basics. The Academy of Motion Pictures,Arts and Sciences have honored it twice. Other than SeamEdu,Side Effects Company is also looking at partnering with other educational institutes with a wider geographical reach in the country.
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