The gate has been opened for 15 inner-city youth to unleash their potential in the global animation industry, which is currently valued at more than US$200 billion.
These youth are taking part in the Girls' Town Professional Development Institute Animation Programme, which was launched yesterday in Kingston.
Reginald Henclewood, one of the participants expressed his gratitude for being given the opportunity to take part in the programme.
"I do computer graphics as a profession. After creating flyers and logos, I wanted to do something more, and animation was, basically, the next step. In terms of expanding my creative skills and what I can do, I have learned how to manipulate the software, create certain images, implement pace, motion, and to do a complete animation, so far," he told The Gleaner.
"After this course, I intend on pursuing a career in animation," Henclewood added.
The project involves the establishment of an animation studio with 15 computers, office furniture, and broadband Internet service. It is a partnership among the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), the Reel Rock GSW Animation Limited, and the Professional Development Training Institute.
"Animation is an innovative and exciting area for JSIF, but we support skill sets that are in demand and will give young persons a chance to improve their lives. JSIF is impressed with the fact that the training will equip these students with skills, in a short time, that will make them immediately employable in the animation industry," said Andrew Neita, general manager of infrastructure/civil works at JSIF.
The project is a six-month initiative, financed at a cost of approximately $9 million.