Animators work by creating cartoons, usually through hand drawings, motion capture animation, or with computers. In the modern era, most animators use a range of computer programs, though sufficient knowledge of basic animation is still absolutely necessary.
Animation is used for games, films, television shows, and commercials. Animators are often expected to create both 2D and 3D animations using storyboarding, and it's important to be familiar with a variety of animation programs and software, such as Maya 3DSMax, Flash, and Morpheme. Character creation is often an important part of the position, and animators may need to be skilled in rigging, scripting, and modeling. Both full-time and part-time positions are available, and some even work freelance. Animators usually work on teams with other artists and marketing experts in order to plan and visualize concepts.
Animators must be creative individuals who can develop and contribute to unique and intriguing concepts. Much of the work is done independently, so it's important to be able to adhere to deadlines; however, communication and teamwork skills are also important in order to collaborate on projects from start to finish. Animation itself is evolving and improving all the time, so it's extremely important to stay up-to-date with all changes and developments in the field. A bachelor’s degree in art, animation, or a related field may be required by some employers.
Use a variety of software to refine, improve, and update videos and create stills for other uses.
Collaborate with teams to understand specifications and create continuity across offerings.
Design videos for in-person and web audiences.