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Getting the Right training

Many production houses have spawned off their in-house training facilities into a separate training business offering course. The advantage being you are eventually absorbed… the job guarantee exists!

> Maya Entertainment Ltd has the training division ‘Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics’ (MAAC). MAAC is in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and many other cities. They offer a variety of packages to suit individual needs – www.maacindia.com
> Pentamedia Graphics Limited (Chennai) – www.penta-media.com
> Toonz Animation India Ltd (Trivandrum) – www.toonzindia.com

Other places where you could apply
Digital Media Art (Bangalore), Crest Communications (nr. Glaxo, Worli, Mumbai), Heart Animation Academy (Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad), Silver Toons (Andheri, Mumbai), Jalwa India, Escotoonz Animation Studio (New Delhi)

Some More Training Institutes
(This is not an exhaustive list > Arena (Aptech) > Workstation > C-DAC’s National Multimedia Resource Centre (Pune, Mumbai) offers a Diploma in Computer Arts > Xavier’s Institute of Communications (XIC, Mumbai) offers a diploma in Animation

The Vancouver Film School and the Modi Entertainment Group are supposedly setting up a massive animation training school in Mumbai, but no word on it yet. Also the Animation studio, Color Chips has plans of starting a Rs 10 crore training institute in Hyderabad. For updates, check www.colorchipsindia.com

GameEDU (Delhi) is the only organization in India offering a Degree in Animation & Games Development. Log on to www.gameedu.org

The Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA) in Hyderbad no longer trains students. They are currently at work on India’s first animation-cum-live feature film, Bhagmati, Queen of Fortunes starring Tabu. The institute is using Animo for this project

The International Animated Film Association now (ASIFA – the only internationally sanctioned organization for animation) has an Indian subsidiary in the form of Toonz Animation India (Trivandrum)

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