3D COMPUTER ANIMATOR

DEPARTMENTS
3D COMPUTER ANIMATION

OVERVIEW
Using specialist software to produce three dimensional images which, in sequence, create the illusion of movement.

For this role, you will need to:

  • Have a feel for movement and timing
  • Possess creative and artistic qualities, along with the appropriate technical skills
  • Have observational skills and acting talent, for character work
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have good team-working skills
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Be able to take direction

WHAT DOES AN ANIMATOR DO?

Computer Animators produce images which, when recorded in sequence and projected, create the illusion of movement.

In character animation, they may be cast, like actors, for their special talents – comedy, dialogue, song and dance, action, men, women, children, animals, simplicity, etc. On other projects, they may be selected for their particular technical skills and ability.

In principle, the role of Animator is the same for all techniques of animation. The differences are in the tools used, and in some of the skills required.

Depending on the project, Computer Animators follow a brief from a Director or Lead Animator. They refer to established designs, layouts, models and existing characteristics when creating the movement which will appear on screen.

Will I need a qualification?
To become a Computer Animator, it will help you to gain a degree in computer animation, computer science or similar, or in an art-related subject.

WHAT’S THE BEST ROUTE IN?

You will be unlikely to enter the industry in this role. Instead, you are more likely to work in another department, such as modelling, and then work your way up to this role. Depending on your talent and drive, you may progress very quickly to the role of Animator, while others can take much longer to reach that position.

You might also cross over from 2D and retrain to acquire the necessary computer skills.

Having a background, or training in, drawn animation is regarded as a strong asset for Computer Animators, many of whom continue to take life drawing and/or acting classes throughout their careers.

With the right passion and talent, you could take a different route, being promoted from Runner to a junior technical role, which may then lead to an animation role.

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ANIMATION DIRECTOR
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