Profession animator

Animators use software to create animations, these are rapidly sequenced together images to create an illusion of movement.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Graphic design

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

  • 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.

  • ICT software specifications

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

  • Computer equipment

    The offered computers, computer peripheral equipment and software products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Motion graphics

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

Skills

  • Design graphics

    Apply a variety of visual techniques in order to design graphic material. Combine graphical elements to communicate concepts and ideas.

  • Follow work schedule

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

  • Provide multimedia content

    Develop multimedia materials such as screen shots, graphics, slide shows, animations and videos to be used as content integrated in a broader informational context.

  • 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.

  • Follow a brief

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

  • Create animated narratives

    Develop animated narrative sequences and story lines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.

  • Finish project within budget

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

  • Analyse a script

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

  • Create moving images

    Create and develop two-dimensional and three-dimensional images in motion and animations.

  • 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.

  • Develop animations

    Design and develop visual animations using creativity and computer skills. Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, colour, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

Optional knowledge and skills

study relationships between characters create sketches rig 3d characters gimp convert into animated object graphics editor software digital compositing operate 3d computer graphics software identify customer's needs create 2d painting 3d lighting create 3d environments sketchbook pro synfig animate 3d organic forms apply 3d imaging techniques adobe photoshop render 3d images manage portfolio create 3d characters manage feedback copyright legislation consult with production director microsoft visio motion capture adobe illustrator create original drawings

Common job titles

  • Freelance animator
  • Animation - animator
  • Script writer
  • Freelance 2d animator
  • 3d artist / animator (freelance)
  • Mobile game artist
  • Animation / game concept artist intern
  • 2d animation intern : flash animator (fall 2017)
  • Animator