“Since its inception not long back, Chennai-based Sparky Animation has made a name of its own. We spoke to the CEO KC Wong to take a dekko at their journey so far”.
1. The Indian arm of Sparky Animation has just completed a year, how has the journey been?
The Sparky Entertainment journey has been memorable in India. We have expanded from a team of 15 to a team of 110 now. We are looking to expand to a larger team of 3D animators and more in the next six months. The digital gaming division of Sparky has kicked off too and we are looking at creating some interesting work in the coming days.
2. The animation industry has been witnessing a sudden boom at the moment. How is this boom going to benefit Sparky Animation in Chennai?
It is definitely going to be positive. Considering the fact that we have done well even when the prospects in the industry were low, this boom is a great sign to our animation studio in Chennai and also an opportunity to create more animation jobs for candidates.
We will have more people interested in animation jobs, which in turn will give us a surplus set of fresh resources for our animation studio. We are fortunate that we already have an animation team that knows the in and out of the work structure. So, fresh recruits will have a good and realistic learning spell, working alongside an experienced set of people.
3. How has the talent pool from India benefited the organisation?
We have always been careful in selecting our employees. We are particular to only pick the best animators from the lot. It has been the same with the selection of the team in India and we are proud to say that we have some of the best talents.
Our animation team in Chennai has people working from across India, from different cultural backgrounds, which by itself means that we have meticulously been looking through every nook and corner of the country to handpick the best animators.
Sparky Entertainment has always held the reputation of balancing both quality and time. Our animation team in India has been successfully holding up that reputation.
4. How strong is Sparky Entertainment in terms of resource power? Is the recruitment drive still on?
At the moment, our team of 110 includes 3D animators, texture artists, lighting artists, VFX artists, game developers, game designers and game artists.
Yes, the recruitment drive is still on. In fact, we are looking for major expansion across all fields in animation. Sparky has been on a constant hunt for talents from the day we started operations in India. Our plans are huge and we need a big animation team for that.
5. What has changed since the time of inception?
Like any animation company in India, we started off as an ambitious start-up that aspired to make it big. Over the last decade, we have seen major ups and downs, but have always looked at concentrating on quality work, keeping in mind how important timely delivery is.
The results have been tremendous and we are proud to be one of the most sought after animation companies in India as well as Southeast Asia. It is solely because of the sheer hard work, persistence and dedication of the team, backed by a highly supportive and experienced management team and the constant motivation that we have received from each other.
6. The last time we spoke, you had mentioned that you were going to venture into games. How much have you progressed with that?
We have set up a young and vibrant gaming team and have already completed about ten games for mobiles. The digital games are currently available on Android and iOS platforms.
We are looking to explore different genres and are also looking at eventually venturing into massively multiplayer games. We also have plans of converting existing animation IPs of Sparky into interactive digital games.
7. Being one of the leading names in the animation field is a responsibility. How do you look to contribute to the industry?
The animation industry has proven to be healthy and full of scope if you embrace it with passion. As mentioned in the question, we believe it is our responsibility to give budding animators a clear insight on what they can expect from the industry and how it could shape their career. The Sparky team has therefore decided to invite animation institutes to visit our studio in Chennai and catch a glimpse of how the industry works. We have also decided to send experts of various fields of animation from our team to conduct seminars and share their experiences to shape the minds and skills of the artists right at the threshold. This is extremely important because the real industry is completely different from what is taught in institutions. Such industrial visits and seminars will give young artists more confidence about their career.
8. Where is Sparky Entertainment heading? What are we going to see in the near future?
We have big plans. We are currently in the process of building a strong and competitive team. We’ve got many exciting projects in the pipeline. We are also looking to set up a parallel track to produce our own concepts and bring them to life.
Now that our gaming division is also setting a good standard for itself, we are not going to settle for less. With a constantly motivated team and a wonderful work environment, we will be always striving to raise the bars higher and higher.
Circling is an addictive game, free fun game to play, casual game – one of the best games among all casual games developed by Sparky Entertainment. This exciting casual game, which is touted to be one of the best casual games in the world, has a character running game in endless circles around a circular ring. The objective of this casual game is to collect stars that spawn around the circumference of the circle run while making sure they evade the obstacles that come their way.
It is one of those amazing games that is both exciting and works with simple controls like ‘tap and hold’, which makes it one of the best free games available in the popular games market.
Collect as many stars as possible to unlock interesting skins that make this circle runner game interesting and the coolest game ever.
Features of the casual game:
Extremely easy fun game to play, casual game with simple controls.
This addictive circle run game is free to play.
Keep running around the spinning circle – so simple, yet so addictive – an ultimate time pass delight.
Collect as many stars as possible, spinning around the circle game to unlock more skins
Install now to experience a smooth and addictive game play.
Do you want to play some cool and fun games? Do you dig awesome free games? Do you like playing funny games with funny characters?
Download and install all games developed by Sparky Entertainment to enjoy a thrilling experience playing some of the best casual games in the world.
Opening for 3D Animator jobs in India at Sparky Entertainment
Here is an opportunity for 3D Animator to work with one of the leading animation companies in South East Asia. Sparky Animation, which has its head quarters in Singapore, is now hiring for 3D Animators Jobs in India, for its studio in Chennai. Join the competent and fun team of Sparky which has been producing quality for over a decade.
Clients recognize Sparky for its on time delivery and the employees recognize Sparky for it’s on time salary. An animation job with Sparky means, working on exciting projects alongside one of the best animation teams in South East Asia.
One of the most common concerns of 3D Animators Jobs in India is job security and the guarantee of a long term employment. Sparky addresses this concern by planning well ahead, which is one of the sole reasons why the company has been able to stay strong since its inception.
With a dedicated team, a hand full of clients and a fun management team, Sparky aims at making work fun, competitive and secure. Join our team now.
3D Animator’s Responsibilities
- Come up with quality dynamics, appealing and fluent character animation as per requirements in the animatics and storyboard.
- Exploiting their strong sense of visualization skills, aesthetic senses, a good rhythmic sense in harmonizing sound animation and excellent timing skills to animate shots of multi-level difficulty such as comedy, dialogue, song and dance, action, character posture, and movement, etc.
- Accurately address and implement the notes, feedback, and comments from supervisory staff and ensure that revisions are completed in a timely manner and require minimal iterations
- Manage time and work collaboratively to deliver the required quota of animation on time, meet deadlines and achieve production objectives
- Pro-actively recognize problems, troubleshoot solutions and perform self-quality checks on all of their work and flag issues, if any
Sparky Entertainment India – 3D Animators Jobs in India – Requirements
- At least 4 years of extensive experience in 3D Character Animation.
- Able to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with co-workers.
- Must be able to multi task and handle multiple projects at the same time.
- Although character set up is not required on the job, basic knowledge in character set up is preferred.
- Programming and technical knowledge are NOT required.
Dinosaur Train is on its way to Australia!
Join Buddy with his friends as they ride the train and embark on ‘A Rainforest Adventure’. See Don, Shiny, Tiny, Mr Conductor, Tank and King, as they sing and dance their way through the deep canopies of tropical trees whilst exploring and discovering all the beautiful plants, animals and different levels of the ecosystem.
Dinosaur Train promises to be a colourful, thrilling and exciting adventure for the whole family, larger than life and live on stage with all the famous Dinosaur Train characters in a first class production. Already a major television series, Dinosaur Train now comes to life on stages around Australia in June and July 2017.
Cartoon Network’s comical adventures of Bill & Tony is a non-verbal Claymation animation series. Join the brothers, Bill and Tony as they celebrate friendship and absurdity in grand slapstick style.
Alongside Flying Gherkin (Sydney), Sparky Animation was involved in the production of this series from Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Layout, Animation, Lighting, Rendering, Compositing & Effects.
“Bill & Tony” won an Asian Academy Award for “Best 3D Animated Programme or Series” in December 2018.
Dinosaur Train is co-produced by Sparky Animation (Singapore) and Jim Henson Company (USA). The first episode premiered on PBS in September 2009. Since then, this series has scored the highest viewership in PBS Kids’ entire history and was also named “Top Kids’ Show” by Hollywood’s renowned, People Magazine. The series was subsequently nominated for multiple Emmy Awards under the category of “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program”.
The story is set in a whimsical but realistic prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes, and oceans teeming with fauna. A shiny steam engine, the Dinosaur Train, runs through these lands and is used by all species of dinosaurs. Circling the globe, crossing oceans and inland seas, it time-travels the Mesozoic Era, the “Age of Dinosaurs”, by using magical Time Tunnels to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
Season 4 revolved around a deeper exploration of Biodiversity and how in the Mesozoic Era, just like in our modern Era, each creature has an important place in the ecosystem, from tiny bugs in the ground to the largest predators at the top of the food chain. And when one species disappears, for whatever reason, Mother Nature adapts and readjusts, keeping the delicate balance in the diverse ecosystem.
Stay tuned for Season 5 coming in 2019!
Dinosaur Train is being broadcasted on PBS (USA), ABC (Australia), TVO (Canada), Nick Jr (Australia, UK), France 5 (France), Channel 11 (Australia), Tooniverse (South Korea), MediaCorp Okto (Singapore), Astro Ceria (Malaysia), Zee Learn (India), Clan TV (Spain), Karusel (Russia) and others.
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