2D DRAWN ANIMATOR

(ANIMATION)

DEPARTMENTS
2D DRAWN ANIMATION

OVERVIEW
Producing a series of static drawings which, when recorded in sequence and projected, create the illusion of movement.

For this role, you will need to:

  • Have good drawing and animation experience
  • Have a feel for movement and timing in order to produce convincing animation
  • Have creative and artistic qualities, along with plenty of patience
  • Have strong observational skills and acting talent, for character animation
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have good team-working skills
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Be highly organised
  • Be able to take direction

WHAT DOES AN ANIMATOR DO?

Animators follow a brief from a Director, Animation Director or Key Animator, and refer to established designs, models and layouts when creating the movement which will appear on screen.

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.

Animators produce series of static drawings which, when recorded in sequence and projected, create the illusion of movement.

In character animation, Animators 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 talent to draw in a particular style, such as cartoon or realistic, complicated or simple.

They may work alone or they may supervise the work of Animation Assistants. They are sometimes responsible for the standard of their team’s work and for ensuring that the animation is drawn on model (in style) throughout the process.

On other productions, including some feature animation, Animators may work only in rough, leaving the clean-up department to redraw and put the animation on model.

Will I need a qualification?
It will help you to have an animation or art-related degree if you want to become an Animator.

WHAT’S THE BEST ROUTE IN?
To get a job as an Animator, you will usually have worked previously as an Animation Assistant and/or a Junior Animator.
You could become an Animator without formal art training or qualifications, but with the right talent, having been promoted from Runner.

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