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my little one hard at work on his Transformers coloring book

I was contemplating on my chores last night when this question popped into my head. With the way Jared finished working this coloring book I got him from one of my trips to the market, and the way he is consuming his sketch pads enthusiastically re-creating his favorite scenes from the latest animation he was enamored at the moment, drawing his 5-year old rendition of his favorite animations, it is not too far fetched that he might consider becoming an animator in the future. I think it will be a dream come true for him to work for one of his favorite animation companies like Disney or Marvel. I am sure he will have the time of his life working with the same company that brought us his favorite superheroes like the Avengers, Big Hero 6, and his all-time favorite, Lightning McQueen. I will be sure to supply him with enough drawing materials to fuel his passion and enthusiasm.

Animation a booming BPO industry in the country

I did a bit of reading about Animation in the Philippines and chanced upon this interesting article on PhilStar.com. I found out that it is indeed a big BPO industry in the country and I am not surprised. The Filipino talent, creativity, and ingenuity is outstanding and can very well compete with creative artists from around the world. {Grand Champion nga sa Asia’s Got Talent ang El Gamma Penumbra, right?  ;-) } According to the article, penned by Mary Ann Ll. Reyes, in 2011 alone, the local animation industry already generated about Php5.3 Billion income, with local animators working for distinguished animation outfits like Marvel, Disney, and Cartoon Network. And based on the growing popularity of animation these days, I am sure that figure will only go higher in the coming years.  It is, therefore, safe to assume, that a post in Animation might just be a great career choice.

iAcademy in a nutshell

While doing further reading about animation, I also found that the Philippines is not tapping the full potential of local animation with majority of the universities offering Animation courses sticking to the old and traditional curriculum. Among the educational institutions in the country, iAcademy, is said to be the only one offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animation. iAcademy aims to produce world-class animators equipped not only with traditional drawing skills but also trained in various related social media, software, and applications making them easily adaptable to different technological advancements in the field.

Mum’s two cents

It is high time the Philippines consider cashing in on the untapped full potentials of the local animation industry. The universities and colleges, who offer an AB Animation Degree, ought to adapt modern ways to teach their future animators by including modern techniques into their curriculum. It is important to not only equipped them with heavy training on traditional drawing but also with modern craftsmanship and proficiency. It is probably time they take a leaf from iAcademy’s book and offer a BS Animation Degree. I thought it will best ensure the successful future of our would-be animators. Hopefully, when it is Jared’s time to enroll in an Animation course, each university in the country is already offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animation.

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mumwrites

is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.