What's it like to be an Animator?
Animators manipulate still images (called frames) to create the illusion of movement. Animation was traditionally performed with pen and paper, but modern animators use computers daily and work with 2D and 3D imagery, as well as using software to create special effects including stop-motion, pixilation and rotoscoping.
Tasks and duties
- Liaising with clients and stakeholders to determine scope and specifics of design brief.
- Preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations and layouts to communicate design concepts.
- Designing storyboards to illustrate the intended narrative.
- Using computer software to design 2D frames, 3D frameworks and animated content.
- Negotiating design solutions with clients and stakeholders.
Depending on the style of animation (2D or 3D), different techniques may be applied. 2D animation involves the creation and sequencing of still frames to create the illusion of movement, while 3D animation uses digital frameworks to which different textures, effects and animations are then added.
Animators commonly work in large teams at creative agencies, and at film or TV studios. Animators may also work freelance.
What can I earn as an Animator?
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How to become an Animator
- Complete a qualification in Design. This may be a Certificate IV in Screen and Media (CUA41215), Certificate IV in Design (CUA40715), Diploma of Design, an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development (Game Art) (10702NAT) or Bachelor degree majoring in Design.
- Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock animation projects.
- Set up a blog or a website to showcase your portfolio.
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