Animator Job Description

Animators use freehand drawing techniques and sophisticated design software to animate films or videos. Animators combine their imagination with design and illustration skills to create stunning moving images.

Animator Job Description Sample

We are hiring animators to work on a variety of visual productions. Candidates will be expected to consult with production directors and work with other animators to create dynamic, meaningful, and entertaining moving images. Successful animators must be able to use complex animation and design software such as Blender to create and animate realistic 3D models. Furthermore, applicants are expected to have a thorough understanding of animation fundamentals like object physics and lighting.

Animator Salary

Animator salaries range from $33,000 to $86,000 a year. The average salary for animators is $55,000.

Animator Skills

  • Able to work in a team and as an individual.
  • Outstanding oral and visual communicator.
  • Exceptional ability to multitask when animating multiple scenes or objects simultaneously.
  • Attentive to details and small changes.

Animator Duties & Responsibilities

  • Consult with the production director to gain an understanding of film plot and animation requirements.
  • Create and follow animation storyboards.
  • Use freehand and digital art programs to create animations.

Animator Requirements

  • High school diploma, GED, or a bachelor's degree in art.
  • Proven experience in designing and creating animations (demonstrated by a project portfolio).
Animator Job Description

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