Young people often dream of a career as an animator. But ''love'' is not enough. The essential attribute is ''dedication'', says Veerapatra Jinanavin, a Thai who has experience in world-class animation studios in Hollywood.
Veerapatra, who worked full-time at Sony Image Works and Blue Sky, and part-time at Pixar, says one of the reasons Thai animation films still lag behind is financial limitations. The budget for Thai animation films, say the recent Echo Planet, are in the order of US$7 million (around 210 million baht), compared to $100-200 million for each film made in Hollywood.
In Thailand the number of animation companies has increased, both local and international, compared to 10 years ago when only Kantana, Vithita Animation, Imagimax and The Monk were popular. Thai animators today are increasingly recognised around the world, as more foreign companies have set up shop here to tap into local resources.
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