Profession animation layout artist

Animation layout artists work with the cameramen and director to coordinate and create optimal 3D animation shots. They translate 2D storyboards into 3D animated shots and are responsible for camera angles, frames and lighting of animation scenes. Animation layout artists decide which action takes place in which animation scene.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • 3D lighting

    The arrangement or digital effect which simulates lighting in a 3D environment.

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • Motion graphics

    The techniques and software for creating the illusion of motion such as keyframing, Adobe After Effects, and Nuke.

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

Skills

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Operate 3D computer graphics software

    Use graphical ICT tools, such as Autodesk Maya, Blender which enable digital editing, modelling, rendering and composition of graphics. These tools are based in mathematical representation of three-dimensional objects.

  • Set up animation elements

    Test and set up characters, props or environments to ensure they appear correctly from all required camera positions and angles.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Edit digital moving images

    Use specialised software to edit video images for use in an artistic production.

  • Ensure visual quality of the set

    Inspect and amend the scenery and set-dressing to make sure the visual quality is optimal with in constraints of time, budget and manpower.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

Optional knowledge and skills

convert into animated object operate a camera sketchbook pro graphics editor software adobe photoshop motion capture manage portfolio provide multimedia content microsoft visio select camera apertures gimp (graphics editor software) synfig develop animations animate 3d organic forms design graphics create 3d characters set up cameras create animated narratives create moving images rig 3d characters adobe illustrator apply 3d imaging techniques