November started with a great blessing for our deaf alumni as they undergone and passed the pre-qualification training for 2D Animation course. Seven deaf alumni from our school took the test last November 3 and are already training since November 7.
I’m truly grateful for Take One Animation Studio and their Manager Sir Eric Tansingco for giving our Filipino deaf a chance to showcase their talent in drawing and providing opportunity to enhance their skill. Probably the first of its kind, the Philippines will now have its first deaf animators.
Sir Eric 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. The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) provided the bridge by recommending MCCID to Take One Animation.
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 are graduates of the three-year Diploma in Arts and Computer Design Technology course offered by MCCID. Two deaf examinees from another school for the deaf failed to complete the evaluation.
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.
I hope they all pass. Thank you very much for companies like Take One Animation for allowing our deaf to become productive citizens of the country. May your tribe increase. 🙂
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