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


  • 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.

  • Motion graphics

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

  • ICT software specifications

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

  • Graphic design

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

  • 3D lighting

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


  • Set up animation elements

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

  • Analyse a script

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

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

  • Finish project within budget

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Follow work schedule

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

  • 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.

  • Follow a brief

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

Common job titles

  • Freelance animator & gfx artist
  • Animation - animator
  • Artist/illustrator
  • Background / layout artist
  • 2d game artist
  • Graphic artist
  • Digital production artist
  • Graphic artist
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