Trinidad and Tobago's animation industry is at an embryonic stage with the presence of one major studio and several smaller ones. Production is centered on advertisements for ad agencies, public service shorts for government ministries and renderings/flythroughs for the construction sector. The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) offers an under graduate degree in Digital Media Studies - Animation. UTT also offers a Certificate in Animation over 12 months. A matriculation path exists for students who wish to pursue the degree in animation after completion of the certificate programme. The university produces at least 50 graduates in 2D animation annually.
Tamana InTech ParkBuilt office space available for animation studios
The investment opportunity is to establish a 50-60 seat animation studio that can leverage huge cost advantage in relation to the North American market. The studio’s focus should be on 2D production work that would include: Modeling, Character Rigging, Voice Recording, Layout, Screenplay, Storyboarding, Visual Development, Lighting, Texturing, Composting, Sound Effects, Music Content, Repurposing and Digital Management.
Cost advantage: A 22 to 24 minute episode would cost between US$200,000 and US$250,000 in the US and Canada, and between US$250,000 and US$300,000 in Europe. However, in India, the production cost works out to be about US$60,000, and in Trinidad and Tobago approximately US$62,000 to US$65,000.
Strong academic-government collaboration: Certificate, diploma and degree programmes at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, and Retraining programme of the Ministry of Education in 2D animation.
Technological support for the industry: (Robust fibre and copper networks, wireless technologies, radio; Digital fibre optic backbone network (FOBN); Nationwide radio microwave terrestrial network; Next generation networks (NGN), characterized by the use of Internet Protocol (IP), Multi-Protocol Switching (MPLS) and Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM).