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About Career as an Animator

An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames and Key frames that form an illusion of movement called animation when rapidly displayed. Animators can work in a variety of fields including film, television, video games, and the internet. Usually, an animation piece requires the collaboration of several animators. The methods of creating the images or frames for an animation piece depends on the animators' artistic styles and their field.

Creating an animation consists of idea development, pre-production, production and post-production. The characters are created in idea development. In pre-production, the ideas are converted into layouts. Scriptwriting, storyboarding, character development, backgrounds, layout designing, animatics and voice comes under per-production.

Career Prospects of Career as an Animator

The animation and special effects industry is predicted to exceed $100 billion in two years, indicating a growth rate of over 7% each year.

Numerous job opportunities are available in India as well as abroad in the exciting field of animation. It opens the door to film industries such as Hollywood, which is the world of special effects and imagery for films. Specialized computer knowledge and skills are essential for various jobs in the field of animation.It is a booming industry with wide job openings and one can work on full length animation movies or any other related fields like television, advertising industry etc. An Animated feature film, which offers considerable employment prospects, is a combined talented effort of a wide variety of artists. A typical animation film requires around 500 animators. Some of the jobs offered in the industry are :

  • Content developer
  • Modeler - Modeler is the one who makes the models for animation. They should have a solid understanding of anatomy, form and volume.
  • Story Broad Artist - Those with strong drawing skills could be hired as storyboard artists who can visualize a sequence of events from frame to frame.
  • Character animator- They brings characters to life and generally has knowledge of traditional animation, stop-motion animation as well as claymation
  • Background artist- The background artist is the person who specialises to paint the background of the characters and sets the background for the project.
  • Layout artist- layout artist is just like a cinematographer of that animation project as they are decides the lighting and camera angles and he is sketching the background design for the animation.
  • 2D animator - They involves the creation of a high volume of separate drawings that define a sequence.
  • In-between animator- In between animator one can learn all the basics of animation and it is the beginning position of an animator.
  • Scanner operator-The scanner operator does the scanning of the clean up artist’s drawings.
  • Compositing artist - Compositing consists of layering individual frames of animation on top of one another to create final images. These images are then strung together to create complete shots or mini animated movies.
  • Special effects artist - They integrate live-action footage with Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) or other elements (such as model work)
  • Audio & video specialist
  • Visualiser
  • Texture artist - They applies a surface to the 3D modeled character, object or environment.
  • Rigging artist - A rigging artist takes the modeled, textured 3D character or object and sets it up with a skeletal system or joints (if required). Without this step, the 3D model would not be able to animate, talk or move fluidly and correctly.
  • Clean-up artist- The clean up artist checks the accuracy and consistency of the designs and drawings. To be a good clean up artist, he should have good draft-man skill with the knowledge of density, width, volume and mass.
  • Lighting artist - They create variations of shade, colour intensity and shadows
    Digital ink and paint artist- It is the duty of a digital ink and paint artist to give colours to each frame.
    Compositor- It is the compositor brings together all the different characters and backgrounds in to single frame.
  • Editor
  • Key frame animator- Key frame animator draws the pictures of a movement’s beginning and end.
  • Rendering artist - They take all the data in a scene such as models, textures, animation, lighting, etc and output the correct combination in the form of individual frames of animation.
  • 3D animator - They takes the sculpted, textured and rigged 3D model and breathes life into it. This is done by putting in order the key frames such that they appear to be in motion.
  • Image Editor - They assembles various visual and audio components of the film into a coherent and effective whole

Skills & Education Required for Career as an Animator

 

Training is the most essential and important aspect for the creation of a skilled professional in the field of animation. To become an animator, one doesn't require any specific academic qualification. Those with a basic sketching skill and a passion for animation can enter this field. For getting a better job prospect, one should have a degree or diploma in animation.

Degree and Diploma courses in animation are abundance nowadays apart from online services. Minimum education qualification for a degree and diploma course

in animation is plus two or equivalent.

 

Comments/ Reviews on Career as an Animator

  • I am in final year of my graduation.i wanted to do animation from the past couple of years but was not financially strong.so i am a working student.can i do animation after the completion of my grads.?will i have a good job oppurtunities in future?pls suggest.as soon as possible. Posted By : Unika pandey, on 17-01-2012 09:11:28 Report Abuse

  • may i get addmition in your college Posted By : deepak sharma, on 04-08-2011 18:01:48 Report Abuse

  • hello! mam/sir i was completed my graphics course n i wants to do animation course but i very confuse i make my career to good in animation so can u help me plz in which institute better for me? Posted By : monika, on 04-08-2011 09:35:26 Report Abuse

  • hello! mam/sir i was completed my graphics course n i wants to do animation course but i very confuse i make my career to good in animation so can u help me plz in which institute better for me? Posted By : monika, on 04-08-2011 09:35:18 Report Abuse

  • hello! mam/sir i was completed my graphics course n i wants to do animation course but i very confuse i make my career to good in animation so can u help me plz in which insitute beter for me? Posted By : monika, on 04-08-2011 09:32:49 Report Abuse

  • animater Posted By : manu, on 23-07-2011 04:59:51 Report Abuse

  • what is the minimum qualification for animation courses. I m a 10th passed student can i get admission in animation courses Posted By : Ashish, on 08-07-2011 17:38:09 Report Abuse

  • what is the minimum qualification for animation courses. I m a 10th passed student can i get admission in animation courses Posted By : Ashish, on 08-07-2011 17:37:27 Report Abuse

  • Respected sir/mam,i am hemant,i am intrested in animation with no doubt,i passed my 12th exams,with 69.69% from commerce stream,i am confused to decide ,from where i do ,animation course,which one is the best for me,please suggest me...and about carrier opportunites in future... Thanking u Posted By : Hemant jangid, on 25-06-2011 13:37:12 Report Abuse

  • i am an Animator ... how should i apply for this animator job ...i have more then 2years experience in this field .. please let me know how to apply for this job Posted By : elamaran.s, on 21-06-2011 15:08:28 Report Abuse

  • sir, i m very confused. i have passed 12th this year with 76% in math stream.mere papa B.pharm karne ko bol rahe hai. so plz tell me. 1.Kon sa institue accha rahega.(B.pharm) 2.B.pharm or B.tech main se kon sa better hai..for me 3.B.pharm karne k baad salary kitni hati hai....... 4.Can I get better job after completing B.Pharm? 5. B.TECH & B.PHARM K FAYDE....... PLZ ....PLZ .PLZ telll me...... Posted By : Ashish Kumar, on 20-06-2011 15:51:06 Report Abuse

  • i,am science gragute and P.G diploma in plastic processing and testing. than i want to do advance diploma in animation. Can i apply for this animation course.please send me the information for it Posted By : sushma, on 19-06-2011 12:10:32 Report Abuse

  • how i apply for this type of traning Posted By : ratan lal swarnkar, on 04-06-2011 12:37:04 Report Abuse

  • sir/Mam at present I am pursuing B.tech 4th sem in G.I.E.T,BBSR . I want to do 3D animation course ,so can I do it as well with my B.tech now...please send me some information about this...... Posted By : Debasish singh, on 30-05-2011 19:27:46 Report Abuse

  • Sir/Mam i want to know how to apply for this course and i have just given my 12th exam Posted By : nidhi, on 04-05-2011 18:26:58 Report Abuse

  • I am 12th commerce student ..Sir / Madam can i apply for this animation courses. Posted By : Vinod, on 11-04-2011 20:54:40 Report Abuse

  • I have done 3D animation diploma, I looking for chracter animation job. Posted By : Yadwinder Singh, on 08-04-2011 11:35:29 Report Abuse

  • i am a lot interested in animation .i have passed 10+2 in maths.my doubt is that , how i should get appeared to be eligible in an animation institution ? how should i apply ? what are the required tests to be passed ? Posted By : bharath kumar, on 24-03-2011 22:35:32 Report Abuse

  • i want became 3d animater.. i m passed 12th in commerse side.. can it make better future of my... r there good opportunities for me.. Posted By : ravi garg, on 21-02-2011 03:10:37 Report Abuse

  • i want became 3d animater.. i m passed 12th in commerse side.. can it make better future of my... r there good opportunities for me.. Posted By : ravi garg, on 21-02-2011 03:10:13 Report Abuse

  • I want to get a degree in animation field from any city in india.I couldnt figure out what colleges offer these degrees,I want to study from a good college.i want some information on the colleges and if possible fee structures.i hope i will get some help from the group. Posted By : srikanth, on 11-01-2011 13:20:26 Report Abuse

  • i want to apply for it,so please send me the required information for it. Posted By : ishworal chongtham, on 20-11-2010 09:25:19 Report Abuse

  • Is this available for science(bio) students? Posted By : Aparna soni, on 30-09-2010 02:15:22 Report Abuse

  • I have 9yrs+ exp.I am looking for job.Any openings there in bangalore. Posted By : seenivasagan.k, on 28-08-2010 10:44:04 Report Abuse

  • Can I get better job after completing animation course? Posted By : Anamika, on 30-06-2010 02:29:59 Report Abuse

  • I have done 3D Maya Animation course but still in search of job as trainee. Posted By : Shalini Biswas, on 05-06-2010 13:45:04 Report Abuse

  • this is very useful for me as i want to become world's greatest cartoonist Posted By : samarth gajpal , on 13-01-2010 00:21:54 Report Abuse

  • this field in placement 10+2students Posted By : k.sai kumar, on 30-11-2009 09:15:46 Report Abuse

  • There are good opportunities in this sector Posted By : Rajiv Goel, on 23-10-2009 15:17:31 Report Abuse

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