Overview of Animation
Animators are responsible for taking on a brief, and then storyboarding and planning a visual concept to meet the requirements of the client.
Animators work creatively to produce moving images in a range of mediums, whether in 2D drawn animation, stop frame animation, or 3D computer animation.
Animators work with a wide variety of techniques, whether by drawing, painting, modeling using clay, or using animation software to create the final product.
It is possible to study animation courses both at university and TAFE. Animation courses at university are usually three years in duration, and focus on both the technical skills needed as well as the history of and theory behind animation.
TAFE programs offer specialisation at either the diploma or certificate level, and focus on practical skills as well as industry knowledge.
It is useful to create a showreel of your work while studying, to give to prospective employers.
Careers in Animation
Animators can work in private firms, such as animation studios, or even in film production houses. There is also the opportunity to work freelance from home.
Animators can also specialise in a range of different careers, such as games development or online marketing.
Working in animation design requires animators to work to tight deadlines while maintaining high quality standards of work.
Skills needed in Animation
Those who work in animation need skills in drawing, storytelling, and artistic flair. They must also have a good understanding of composition, timing, movement and scale. The ability to work in a team as well as take direction is important.
As animation becomes more technology based, it is important for animation graduates to have a firm understanding of computers and certain operating and scripting systems. A good understanding of mathematics and physics is important, especially in computer animation.
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