Have you seen the current movies in the theater? Most of them are manipulated by #animated character or effect. That cool jet travelling through galaxy is actually just a green screen manipulated by graphic interface digitally. And it’s not just children’s movies either.
In such a specialized and competitive field, it’s important to be sure you’ve got the right information before investing your time and energy into pursuing a career in animation. We compiled some need-to-know animation career information for you:
What does #animator do?
Animators, also known as multimedia artists, create special effects, animation or other visual images using computers or other electronic tools for products or creations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
As you know, animators are the ones who create television shows, movies and video games. But besides that obvious task, animators have much bigger roles in the industry such as advertisement, education learning system, recreating scene for forensic purpose, and they are everywhere.
Some other examples of animation jobs describe that animators not only do cartoons.
What are some technical skill needed to be an animator?
We see at the most animator job postings from the past year revealed that the top 10 skills employers seek in candidates are:
User interface (UI) design
Is there any related job besides being an animator?
Yes! Here is a sample of a #productionpipeline. In any project, the final animation has to go through these steps in order to make it a successful animation.
The animators job is the one in the Production. Even then, there are more than just animating the scene. There are layout artist, R&D, Modeling artist, Rigging, Texture and Light artist. Before we step in to the production, there are more to prepare in pre-production line, the idea, concept art, the philosophy and final design. And after the production, there are many other task to do, such as compositing, VFX, editor and distributor.
If you are interested in Animation industry in general, you might want to dig in a little deeper on which specific task you would like to be a part in.
Will I get the job after graduate from college?
Many of us got challenged by this questions and hesitate to pick animation as our career. In fact, there are many other competitive artists and animators who are in the industry already, but based on what we talked about earlier, animation industry is very specific yet really broad, even in our studioX at Academy of Art, we always have stuff for people to do. And this should not be a reason for you to NOT choose animation industry.
Are you up for the challenge?
Bringing dynamic images to life is an exciting job, but a career in animation isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Many animators work long hours, including nights and weekends, to adhere to strict deadlines. But if you’re passionate about animation and determined to succeed, the high-pressure, fast-paced environment shouldn’t faze you one bit.