Rita Charitable Trust

Character designer (1 year diploma course)

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Brief Job Description: Individuals at this job need to design the character pack
including the look, expressions, poses, gestures, turnarounds, personality traits of
characters for a production


Personal Attributes: This job requires the individual to have excellent life drawing
skills including an understanding of human anatomy, behavior, facial expressions,
emotions, actions etc. The individual must be able to design characters consistent
with the creative style of the production using software such as Adobe Photoshop,
Gimp etc. The individual must also possess acting skills to differentiate characters
e.g. center of gravity

Character designer
Character designer

Qualifications Pack For Character designer


Keywords /Terms
Description
Attitude poses Attitude poses are used to describe the body language and personality of
the characters
Budget Budget is an estimate of the total cost of production that may include a
break-up of cost components
Character line-up Character line-up is the portrayal of characters side-by-side
Character turnarounds Character turnarounds are used to depict the characters look from all
angles


Clean-up Refining the interim/rough animation
Color keys Color keys are used to depict the mood of the production through hues
and tones
Color theory Color theory is the art of combining all the colors in the color wheel to
create specific color combinations


Core Skills/Generic
Skills
Core Skills or Generic Skills are a group of skills that are key to learning
and working in today’s world. These skills are typically needed in any
work environment. In the context of the OS, these include
communication related skills that are applicable to most job roles.


Creative Brief Creative brief is a document that captures the key questions that serve as
a guide for the production including the vision, objective of the project,
target audience, timelines, budgets, milestones, stakeholders etc.


Description Description gives a short summary of the unit content. This would be
helpful to anyone searching on a database to verify that this is the
appropriate OS they are looking for.


Function Function is an activity necessary for achieving the key purpose of the
sector, occupation, or area of work, which can be carried out by a person
or a group of persons. Functions are identified through functional
analysis and form the basis of OS.


Job role Job role defines a unique set of functions that together form a unique
employment opportunity in an organization.


Knowledge and
Understanding
Knowledge and Understanding are statements which together specify the
technical, generic, professional and organizational specific knowledge that
an individual needs in order to perform to the required standard.


Lighting keys Lighting keys are used to depict the mood of the production through
intensity, tine and shadows
Mouth chart Mouth chart is used to portray the emotions and expressions of the
characters


National Occupational
Standards (NOS)
NOS are Occupational Standards which apply uniquely in the Indian
context.


Occupation Occupation is a set of job roles, which perform similar/related set of
functions in an industry

Qualifications Pack For Character designer


Occupational Standards
(OS)
OS specify the standards of performance an individual must achieve
when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the
knowledge and understanding they need to meet that standard
consistently. Occupational Standards are applicable both in the Indian
and global contexts.


Keywords /Terms Description
NOS National Occupational Standard(s)
QP Qualifications Pack
NSQF National Skill Qualifications Framework
NVEQF National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework
NVQF National Vocational Qualifications Framework

Understanding the script
Description This OS unit is about interpreting the script/ brief/ storyboard/ concept for the
animation and design process


Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 Interpret the script/ brief/ storyboard/concept correctly
 Liaise with the team to improve understanding


Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Interpret the script/
brief/ storyboard
correctly
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. understand the artistic and communication goals of the script, brief or
storyboard with respect to the individual’s role


PC2. be aware of the intended medium and target audience, and how this may
affect animation processes
PC3. understand the aspects related to the design brief (appearance, complexion,
dressing, moods, personalities, expressions etc.)
PC4. understand the requirements according to the scripts (number, types,
duplicates etc.) based on the individual’s role and its requirements


PC5. understand the specifications for the background and other aspects
(dimensions, operating parameters etc.) based on the individual’s role and its
requirements
PC6. understand the technical needs of the project with respect to the job role
(Television, Film, Gaming, Internet, DVD etc.)


PC7. understand the of the concept, which may be self-created, provided in a brief,
or arrived at via discussions with relevant personnel (Director, Executive
Producer etc
Liaise with the team


to improve
understanding
PC8. liaise with relevant personnel (Art Director, Producers, Animation Supervisor
etc) to better understand script elements, as appropriate


Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the creative vision and elements of production relating to the job role
KA2. the project pipeline/schedule and timelines with respect to the individual’s
role


KA3. the intended purpose/ end-use of the models/ designs that need to be
created by the individual

Understanding the script

B. Technical
Knowledge

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. principles of animation
KB2. how to assess the script and its artistic and communication goals
KB3. how to extract and interpret relevant information regarding the script’s vision
KB4. how to discuss and understand relevant information regarding the concept’s
vision from relevant personnel (Art Director, Producers, Animation Supervisor
etc)


KB5. how to research and tap into the sources for procuring information/
background material that will enhance understanding of the concept
KB6. applicable copyright norms and intellectual property rights
KB7. applicable health and safety guidelines


Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. document notes while understanding the brief, requirements and
specifications to refer to during the production process


Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA2. read and understand the script/ brief/ storyboard
SA3. research links, videos, artwork etc. that can be used as references
Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. understand the central idea and the concept of the script


B. Professional Skills Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. analyse the tasks required and estimate the time required for each task, so as
to manage the allotted work and achieve it in given schedules


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. critically analyse the various elements of the script and the work that may be
required in relevance with the individual’s role


Decision making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. break down scripts in terms of major and minor characters.
Customer Centricity


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. check that your own work meets customer/project requirements


Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. forsee the characters to be developed as per the script updations


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB6. have a keen eye for details

Ensure consistency across all scenes


Description This OS unit is about ensuring consistency across scenes in production
Scope This unit/task covers:
 Understanding and noting continuity requirements
 Maintaining continuity and consistency across scenes


Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Understanding and
noting continuity
requirements
To be competent the user/ individual must be able to:
PC1. record continuity-related details e.g. position, placement, color etc. as
required


Maintaining continuity
and consistency across
scenes


PC2. ensure that the final look is consistent with the creative requirements
agreed upon, and continuity is maintained throughout the production
PC3. ensure that designs, layouts and templates are uniform across the
production, as required


PC4. ensure that lighting, color formats and effects are consistent across the
production
PC5. check the resolution of scenes to ensure that they match the production
requirements
PC6. alert relevant personnel (Art Director, Animation Supervisor, Producer) if
continuity is not being maintained, and rectify the situation as appropriate


Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context (Knowledge
of the company /
organization and its
processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the final look of the production, and the implications of this on continuity
efforts
KA2. the organizational policies regarding the final presentation of the work
products


B. Technical
Knowledge

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. how to interpret the script/concept/design brief for continuity
requirements
KB2. how to note and record continuity details (e.g. the position, placement,
color of an object, the manner of interaction with the character – e.g. left
hand or right hand)


KB3. how to ensure continuity details are correctly recorded
KB4. the role of the script/continuity supervisor or other relevant personnel, and
coordinating with him/her to ensure that consistency across scenes
KB5. the technical requirements of the medium in which the production will be
exhibited, and how this may affect the continuity process (eg: templates for
animation processes)


KB6. applicable health and safety guidelines

Ensure consistency across all scenes

Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/ Generic
Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. record continuity-related details e.g. position, placement, color etc. as
required


Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA2. read and understand the script to determine continuity requirements
Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA3. describe and discuss the creative style with the Director, Producer or
relevant personnel to understand key concerns regarding consistency


B. Professional
Skills
Plan and Organize

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. organize continuity details and records to easily use as a reference and spot
errors


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. Identify any continuity errors and take steps to rectify them, or escalate
the issue, as appropriate.


Decision making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. manage decision on suitable course of action to meet project
requirements


Customer Centricity
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. check that your own work meets customer/project requirements


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. ability to analyse and interpret scene in terms of: composition and subject
matter, the context in which they will be viewed or used.


Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB6. provide feedback on the script

Design Characters
Description This OS unit is about designing the characters in accordance with the requirements of
the script and preparing the character pack
Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 Gathering visual references that could serve as aids during the animation
process


 Preparing the character pack
Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Gathering visual
references that could
serve as aids during
the animation process


To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. gather character references to help conceptualize designs for primary and
secondary characters


 References may include: Photographs, films, Images, paintings, prints,
murals, miniature art, sculptures, previously executed animation workproducts, animations products available in the public domain, preproduction design work
Preparing the character pack
PC2. study the movement of characters and suggest characteristics by shooting


videos or acting
PC3. draw out possibilities (simple structure) for each character out on paper along
with their clothing, accessories etc.
PC4. develop the character line-up and size relationship chart
PC5. visualize character expressions and attitude poses for each characters and
create a character pack in line with requirements


 This may include: construction detail, prop details, character dos and
don’ts, attitude, poses, walk poses, turnarounds, facial expressions,
mouth chart, character gestures, hand gestures group behavior etc


Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the creative vision and elements of production with respect to the individual’s
job role
KA2. the profile and preferences of the target audience
KA3. the production budget and timelines with respect to the individual’s job role
KA4. the technical requirements of the medium/style in which the character will be
exhibited


B. Technical
Knowledge

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. life drawing including human anatomy, emotions, actions, expressions,
mannerisms, behavior, facial expressions, walking style, animal anatomy,
mannerisms etc.


KB2. the basics of theatre – acting and staging
KB3. how to work on image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp etc.
KB4. how to design and develop character designs consistent with the creative look
of the production and in accordance to the script and design brief


KB5. how to prioritize and design what will be seen on screen
KB6. how to create perspective drawings from all angles
KB7. how to mimic any given character style according to the style suggested by the
Director

KB8. the sources for research and reference material
KB9. applicable copyright norms and intellectual property rights
KB10. applicable health and safety guidelines


Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. document character descriptions to help present to the Director and
Producer, and guide the production process


Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA2. read and understand the design brief with respect to character design
SA3. read and understand the profile and preferences of the target audience and
any culture/location-specific attributes that would need to be factored into
the design process


SA4. research links, videos, artwork etc. that can be used as references during the
production process while keeping animation possibilities in mind


Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA5. understand the desired creative look of the production from the Art Director
SA6. collaborate with the script team to design the characters
SA7. discuss the character pack with the Director and Producer and solicit their
feedback


B. Professional Skills Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. Plan and prioritize own work according to the requirements and agreed
timelines


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. Identify any creative problems that may arise during the production and find
solutions to address them based on the individual’s job description


Decision Making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. finalise the creative vision of the production
SB4. be creative and imaginative


Customer Centricity
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. be creative and imaginative as per the changes or updations in the story or
characters


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB6. be creative and imaginative as per the changes or updations in the story or
characters
SB7. have an appreciation for accuracy and pay close attention to detail


Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB8. be able to take direction and be prepared to make changes to your work in
response to constructive feedback

Manage and store assets
Description This OS unit is about organizing and storing the assets used in animation production,
and understanding appropriate methods by which to do so


Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 Understanding appropriate asset storage methods
 Organizing and storing assets


Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Understanding
appropriate asset
storage methods


To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. understand and research appropriate tools, techniques, technologies and
procedures for effective asset storage
Organizing and
storing assets


PC2. saving the work with appropriate names and/or naming conventions so that it
can be identified easily
PC3. storing the work in an appropriate place using appropriate storage techniques
to ensure it is protected from damage
PC4. making backup copies at appropriate time intervals of any digital files
PC5. routinely archive any work and store it securely in a second location, if required
PC6. identify and retrieve previous work from storage, as required


Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. backup procedures of the organization and why they are important
KA2. relevant policies and regulations of the organization relating to asset
organization and storage
KA3. the types of assets that need to be stored and the organization’s policy
regarding the same

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the value and importance of consistent file naming conventions
KB2. the technical requirements of the medium in which the production will be
exhibited
KB3. appropriate tools, techniques, technologies and procedures for effective asset
storage


KB4. how to work on software such as adobe photoshop, gimp, coral painter
KB5. applicable copyright norms and intellectual property rights
KB6. applicable health and safety guidelines


Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. save documents in various styles
SA2. take note of the design brief, or any other document relevant to
understanding storage requirements


Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA3. read any design/production briefs, or any relevant organizational
procedures/guidelines to clearly determine the archival requirements of the
production


Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. liaise with relevant personnel (Art Director, Producer etc) to clarify any
storage requirements


B. Professional Skills Decision Making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. decide the format and location in which assets must be stored and saved, if
appropriate SB2. decide the tools, technologies and methods by which to store assets


Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. plan and prioritize archival requirements to meet any agreed timelines


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. identify any technical problems that may arise during asset storage, and find
solutions to address them


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. envision the impact of the storing a file in a particular manner
SB6. identify the correct manner in which the file needs to be stored so that it can
be retrived in the future as and when required
SB7. monitor the nature and quality of materials, tools and equipment for future
use

Customer Centricity
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB8. check that assets stored meets technical and creative requirements of the
project


Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB9. have an appreciation for accuracy and pay close attention to detail.