Who is an Animator?


An Animator is someone who creates the images and movements for animated films, television programmes, and video games. They work with drawings, computer graphics, and 3D models to bring characters and objects to life.

Typical Responsibilities of an Animator

  • Read scripts and storylines to understand animation requirements
  • Prepare presentations with raw designs to customers
  • Develop storyboards for the initial stages of production
  • Create models, drawings and illustrations by hand or electronically
  • Join images with background graphics and special effects
  • Ensure synchronization of frames and audio
  • Participate in editing process
  • Direct the work of animation assistants
  • Collaborate with production crew (designers, directors etc.)

Typical Requirements for Animation

  • Knowledge of 2D/3D, stop motion and computer-generated animation
  • Experience in project management
  • Proficient in CGI software (Photoshop, 3ds Max, Maya, After Effects, Toon Boom)
  • A creative storyteller with good presentation abilities
  • Comfortable working with deadlines and budget restrictions
  • Good teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • Preferably a degree in computer animation, 3D/graphic design, fine arts or relevant field


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