Out­source in Sun­shine

Animation Magazine - - ADVERTORIA­L - By Camille Selvon Abra­hams

Lead for An­i­ma­tion at BFA Dig­i­tal Me­dia Arts at The University of Trinidad and Tobago Found­ing Di­rec­tor, An­i­mae Caribe An­i­ma­tion and Dig­i­tal Me­dia Fes­ti­val Trinidad and Tobago The Caribbean Out­sourc­ing Des­ti­na­tion For over fifteen years the University of Trinidad and Tobago has been train­ing a mod­ern work­force in the area of an­i­ma­tion, game devel­op­ment and dig­i­tal me­dia arts. So far, this has pro­duced over 200 trained in­di­vid­u­als for the an­i­ma­tion sec­tor. The T.T.A.P. Fac­tory (TAMANA Tech­nol­ogy Art & Pro­duc­tion Fac­tory) un­der the um­brella of the University, will pro­vide an all-en­com­pass­ing en­vi­ron­ment for dig­i­tal me­dia ser­vices that in­cludes, an­i­ma­tion, game art and vfx out­sourc­ing ser­vices. Uti­liz­ing the stu­dent work­force in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sional en­trepreneur­s al­ready in the mar­ket, this will pro­mote eco­nomic growth by pro­vid­ing a com­pe­tent and pro­fes­sional work­force for stu­dios glob­ally. The team has been work­ing con­sis­tently with in­ter­na­tional an­i­ma­tion con­sul­tant Joan Vo­ge­le­sang for over ten years to en­sure that in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and bench­marks are met. The T.T.A.P Fac­tory The cur­rent B.F.A. in Dig­i­tal Me­dia Arts of­fer­ing at the University of Trinidad and Tobago is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. It fully em­braces state-of-the art tech­nolo­gies and is pre­pared to work in con­junc­tion with the rest of the world. This ini­tia­tive sup­ports the mis­sion of the University, which was de­signed to de­velop en­trepreneur­s and cre­ate an in­no­vate work­force to sup­ply the needs of out­sourc­ing and pro­duc­tion. Set in the Tamana Flag­ship Cam­pus, this will build upon the sus­tain­able skills-work­force by sup­port­ing the ar­eas of 2D An­i­ma­tion, 3D An­i­ma­tion, Game Art and De­sign, VFX and oth­ers. This is also in­tended to be a re­source to sup­port ex­ist­ing small stu­dios in the Caribbean re­gion in or­der to meet the de­mands for in­ter­na­tional out­sourc­ing work. Staff: Cur­rent staff in­cludes an­i­ma­tion pioneer in the Caribbean Camille Selvon Abra­hams, for­mer Se­nior Artist at EA Games, Cai­phus Moore and vet­eran mu­sic ex­pert Martin Ray­mond among oth­ers. How­ever, over the past fifteen years the pro­gramme has de­vel­oped key re­la­tion­ships with pro­fes­sion­als in the field like Brad Schiff, an­i­ma­tion su­per­vi­sor at award win­ning LAIKA Stu­dios, for­mer Dis­ney di­rec­tor Bruce Smith and a long list of pro­fes­sion­als set to be vis­it­ing lec­tur­ers to work with our stu­dents. This will give the pro­gram the sus­te­nance needed to keep up with the ever-emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy. Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion Goals: This ini­tia­tive is sup­ported by the govern­ment of Trinidad and Tobago and the In­ter-Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank (IDB.) Nestled in Trinidad and Tobago’s first and only Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Park, it is specif­i­cally de­signed to sup­port knowl­edge-based busi­nesses and non-en­ergy in­dus­tries. Trinidad and Tobago’s at­trac­tive­ness as an out­sourc­ing hub, lies in the pres­ence of an English-speak­ing work­force set in the same time zone as North Amer­ica. There are also com­pet­i­tive tax re­bates and in­cen­tives for in­ter­na­tional part­ners and a ro­bust cre­ative and tech­ni­cal skills-force to sup­port pro­duc­tions. Col­lab­o­ra­tive mech­a­nisms are in place with lead­ing edge en­trepreneur­s like Full Cir­cle An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio, which cur­rently works on broad­casted con­tent on The Dis­ney Chan­nel, Nick­elodeon, Univer­sal Stu­dios, Dream­Works TV and RAI. The T.T.A.P. Fac­tory will pro­vide the eco-sys­tem for stu­dios like these to eas­ily ramp. Out­sourc­ing Sun­shine: Set to of­fi­cially open its doors in March 2020, the TTAP Fac­tory and the UTT Tamana Flag­ship Cam­pus is set to be a game changer for the re­gion. Open to in­ter­na­tional and re­gional stu­dents it is de­signed to cre­ate a paradigm shift in ed­u­ca­tion with 21st cen­tury stu­dents pre­pared for the fu­ture of work. With the re­gions long­est run­ning fes­ti­val An­i­mae Caribe An­i­ma­tion and Dig­i­tal Me­dia Fes­ti­val soon to cel­e­brate 20 years, this is an in­te­gral ad­di­tion to the fu­ture of the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try in the Caribbean. Set to be an out­sourc­ing des­ti­na­tion, we op­er­ate by the hash­tag #Out­sourcingSu­n­shine & #Out­sourceInSu­n­shine. Set in over 1000 acres of sub­lime eco­log­i­cally pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment in the North­ern coast of Trinidad and Tobago, the T.A.P.P. Fac­tory is an op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­na­tional stu­dios to dis­cover a new and unique ex­pe­ri­ence in the cre­ative in­dus­try, where com­pe­tent ser­vice can be pro­vided within a mod­ern but en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious workspace. How would you like to out­source in sun­shine?

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