| Danial Norjidi |
FOUR talented up-and-coming animators became the very first in Brunei to receive user certification in Autodesk Maya 3D animation software yesterday.
The certification paves the way for them to become a teacher or lecturer in Maya 3D animation or even apply to work for a big studio such as DreamWorks Studios.
The certificates were presented during the Creative Arts Facilities (CRAFT) Showcase yesterday at the Knowledge Hub, which was organised as part of the Brunei Economic Development Board’s (BEDB) first Innovation Day.
CRAFT was launched in January 2013 with the aim of providing an ecosystem that is conducive for the development of digital multimedia projects through the provision of shared infrastructure and capacity development programmes.
With Side Effects Software Asia Pte Ltd and Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd as technology partners, CRAFT has conducted a total of 360 classes, with approximately 120 participants trained in basic level 3D animation.
The Maya User Certification itself is an Autodesk-structured qualification designed to ensure that individuals possess the necessary technical, software and craft skills to prove their proficiency in Autodesk Maya as well as work in 3D-centric design careers – generally in film, animation and games space – within the media and entertainment sector.
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the BEDB, was on hand as the guest of honour to present the Maya User Certificates to the four animators, namely, Lim Hoe Kit, Wan Nur Zahidah Metussin, Dk Nur Afiqah Pg Hj Abdul Rahman and Khairul Alias.
Speaking to the Borneo Bulletin yesterday, Dk Nur Afiqah said, “The Maya User Certification is useful because with it we can be teachers or lecturers in Maya 3D animation software.”
“The thing about 3D animation is that we have to learn the processes, pre-production, production and post-production. We have to learn storyboarding, how to sketch and all that; proper professional pre-production. For the production we would have to learn about the 3D animation – how to create things, how to model and colour it, how to animate it. It’s all very crucial, and at the same time we learn about frame rates and resolution for various mediums such as cinema.”
Dk Nur Afiqah is also a student in her final year studying Art and Creative Technology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). On her future plans, she said that she would like to teach animation but added, “I would love to be a part of a big studio like DreamWorks.”
Another recipient, Lim Hoe Kit, is currently working as a digital modeller for simulations, and joined the course as a way of further improving his skills.
“It’s been quite interesting. From the teachers that have come in from Autodesk, I’ve learnt quite a lot about making a skeleton and making your creations move, and also learnt a little bit more about how to polish 3D models.
“There’s also been a lot on the basic fundamentals like how to draw, what you should look for when drawing figures of people. It’s not just simply the outlines but the shapes and volume.”
Speaking on the certification itself, he explained, “It allows us to have the capability to teach Maya at that level. There are more advanced levels, but this certificate means that we can teach Maya at this particular level.”
Lim attended an animation course in 2010 and went into the course with three years’ worth of experience, though admitted that the examination was not easy, even for someone of his experience.
On what he plans to do next, he said, “One thing is I eventually want to work with a studio or perhaps even open my own studio and come up with short films to entertain and educate.”