By Vivian Eze
Animation is a method in which pictures are manipulated to appear as moving images thereby making immovable objects movable. Today most animations are made with computer generated imagery[CGI]. The effect of animation is achieved by a rapid succession of sequential images that minimally differ from each other to trick the eye and the brain into thinking they are seeing a smoothly moving object . Animation is more pervasive than many people realize.
Animation industry should be considered as the next expected potential for Nollywood since its future looks promising although, it needs some level of work and exposure.
Aude Urcun, the Deputy Director of the Institut Francais De Nigeria said that;
A dynamic community of animators is working hard to penetrate Nigeria’s market. It is the vast range of stakeholders that gives this sector its dynamism and variety.
Not withstanding, the challenges that faces this sector are;
if Nollywood boasts of producing 1,000 films a year, it cant boast of producing 10 good animations in the same period, why?
Funding is one of the challenges bedeviling Nigeria’s animation industry, according to Hussein.
He said, “Presently I don’t think we have more than five studios in the country where you can handle an animation project from start to finish. I am not talking about those animation skits you see around. Feature length animation film projects.
He further said that, “You need twice the amount need to shoot an average Nigerian movie to make a 10 minute-long animation. It is expensive to make and tedious.
Animation is one very expensive area of film making.
Besides funding, there is the issue of the lack of production facilities as animations are not produced on location but are helmed in studios with the right facilities.
You need the right facilities including studios that are well-fitted to handle animations and then of course you need the right personnel to handle documentary production. It is not an all comers field. You need to be trained. It is beyond observation. You need the right training to be equipped to make animations.”
Lafem’s boss said, “To make animation a viable business, there needs to be more collaborations among our professionals, in order to pull our resources and mitigate the challenges confronting this sector.
Whilst the opportunities abound, Oluwafenmi said, there is a lack in the structures and capacity to access them. He said, “If we can attract such top-dollar jobs into the country, gradually we would be creating an army of professionals with the requisite experience to make Nigeria a renowned animation production hub. This exact model is what the likes of South-Korea and Thailand adopted.