How to become an Animator

by ceojem in Careers Paths 17/09/2016 0 comments

Want to become an Animator? What they do

Animator’s work involve creating collections of images in order to make them into moving, animated series. The work of Animators is used for a variety of purposes such as adverts, animation movies / films, TV, and computer games, to websites and music videos.

Animator’s duty may include using a variety of creative techniques to reach the end product, including drawing using digital software or by hand to create computer generated animations, along with models or puppets.

The duties of an Animator may include:

  • Liaising with clients or a director, gathering concept and developing animation for their concept
  • Creating storyboards to depict the script and narrative
  • Producing aesthetically pleasing sketches and illustrations
  • Animating images with the appropriate timing, pace, and movement in mind
  • Using technical software such as Flash, 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Softimage and Cinema 4D to assist with the animation
  • Working with other members of the team to compose layers such as backgrounds, FX
  • Presenting designs and communicating ideas
  • Working to production deadlines and clients’ commercial requirements
  • Work as part of a broader production team, which may include liaising with printers, copywriters, designers, photographers, account executives, website designers, or marketing expert.

Can I become an Animator?

To become an Animator, you will often need creativity and an imaginative mind, be artistic, and good at drawing with digital software and by hand.

Being that animating will be part of your every day duty, you will also need to have interest in animation and its aesthetics, be it collecting every single Pixar film or using your Saturdays in watching back to back episodes of Pokemon or another as an animation maker / animation creator.

Do remember that, if you know every single line to Finding Nemo off by heart is a good place to begin, also becoming a great Animator relies on your technical ability and your communication skills too.

Additional key skills and attributes to become an animator include:

  • Accuracy and excellent eye for detail
  • Acting skills to bring characters to life
  • Good team working ability
  • Patience and concentration
  • An aptitude for good storytelling
  • Flexibility
  • Patience and commitment
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to take direction

Become qualified as an Animator

A proven experience in animation jobs is usually required to become an Animator. Your experience could come in the form of a degree, other relevant and similar qualifications, or a previous work experience. Although it is possible to start from the bottom as an Animation Studio Runner to enable you acquire the skills you need to progress upwards in this career.

Career Progression

  1. Junior Animator
  2. Animator
  3. Senior Animator

Animator Salary (United Kingdom)

An Animator earns an average salary of £24,105 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

Median: £24,104
National Salary Data (?)
£0 £13K £26K £39K
Salary £17,479 – £34,187
Bonus £0.00 – £2,775
Total Pay (?) £15,048 – £36,563
Country: United Kingdom | Currency: GBP | Updated: 17 Mar 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121

Popular Skills for Animator

3D Animation – median salary £25,000

2D Animation – median salary £23,000

Adobe after effects – median salary £17,000

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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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20 years or more
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How to become an Animator

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