Probably the first of its kind, the Philippines will now have its first deaf animators as seven MCCID deaf alumni including Deaf Coordinator Ervin Reyes passed the pre-qualification examination given by Take One Animation Studio last November 3.
Eric Tansingco, company’s proprietor/manager, offered the opportunity for free to the deaf as part of his advocacy in providing jobs for less fortunate youth. This time, he wants to give chance to Persons With Disabilities to work for his future projects.
Now on its eleventh year, Take One Animation Studio specializes in 2D animation services for traditional Japanese and Western (Disney-type) animation. They also conduct 2D and 3D animation trainings and workshops. Among their hugely successful projects include Onepiece, DragonballZ, Precure, Flying Trapeeze and Mari & Gali. They also do clean-up and in-betweening works for TOEI Animation Philippines, the only subsidiary company outside Japan.
Aside from Reyes, others who passed and formed the first batch of trainees are Jepa Kerena Basilio, Gibson Cruz, Rommel Isagani Rosas, Richee Balatinsayo, Aisa Rizza Tura and Eleazar Fancubit. All of them were graduates of the three-year Diploma in Arts and Computer Design Technology course offered by MCCID. Deaf examinees from another school for the deaf failed to complete the evaluation.
All seven deaf started their rigid training last November 7 and is expected to complete the modules within a month. Daily and weekly evaluation will then be given to them.
Sir Eric hopes to fill up 80% of the slot coming from Persons With Disabilities. Based on his initial observation, he sees a great potential for deaf 2D Animators. Evaluation will again be given to the first batch, after which, they will be automatically hired to work as In-betweeners and assistant 2D Animators.