Currently, around 250 successful IT firms operate in Armenia, while a dozen of them are engaged in 3D animation. In an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Skyline Studio head Gurgen Paronyan explained that the training process demands a long time due to its complicity.
“In February 2015 our team won a co-financed 85% grant provided in the framework of the contest of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation with the assistance of the World Bank and the Armenian Economy Ministry. This gave us a possibility to found the company with the human resources of Multimedia Laboratory. Presently, the startup employs eight people, five of whom are experienced animators and the other three are trainees with great potential,” he said.
Taking into account the complicity of the job and the necessity of additional education, training programs are organized. Currently, there are eight students in the group, four of whom can become Skyline Studio employees in the future.
“In general, one of the main problems is the lack of 3D animation professionals. There are many higher education institutions where students get knowledge about innovations, however, none of them teaches 3D animation. That is why we have to train the future staff ourselves, developing programs for the purpose,” Paronyan said.
Besides 3D and 2 animation, motion graphics and visual effects, the firm is engaged in infographics and computer game development. Paronyan said that the team also took part in creation of the Russian cartoon series “Alice knows what to do!” They created a five-minute episode that fully met the demands of the producing center.
“Given the young age of the team members, it was a big victory,” he said.
Although the company has many orders, they have time for the development of their own project.