Games Animation – Callum
From his time at Dinnington Comprehensive School, Callum Batty always had an aim to go down the route of animation for games. Looking for an alternative to Sixth Form, Callum discovered an advertisement for a Games Animation course at Rotherham College. Callum said, “I was excited at the possibility of doing something I always dreamed of – I’ve also wanted to go to university in the future and it was great to see that doing this course would give me the requirements of entry for a degree.
Callum has had the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of software, including Autodesk Maya, a tool that allows you to create 3D meshes, animate and many other different techniques for the industry. It’s this particular software that Callum uses in his daily job, meaning he was able to relearn the software very quickly due to his training at College, which must have come in very handy!
He said, “During my time at College I had a lot of support from all of my tutors, each one was very knowledgeable in their skill sets so you knew who to go to when you needed a helping hand. I especially had a lot of support with moving onto university, with my tutors helping me to prepare for my initial personal statement and course interviews.”
After leaving university Callum is now a Junior Animator at Sumo Digital, a Sheffield games development studio that creates video games for all the major gaming platforms. A role that he has dreamed about during my time at School and College, Callum gets to follow his passion on a very promising career path.
Callum adds, “My job is very similar to animating for films and television, but the difference with game animation is that it is going to be seen from all sorts of various camera angles so it’s a whole new challenge!
“Anyone that has interest in games animation, I say just go for it. If you want to work in games I’d focus on figuring out what role you want to specialize in, whether that be art, animation, coding, design or anything else; that way you can plan and educational path around this role. So if you want to get into games animation like myself, the course would be a great way to get a head start on other students!”