Outsource in Sunshine
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?