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Animator

Animators bring drawings and computer generated characters to life on screen.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £36,000

Employment by 2024

+1.34%

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the type of animation you're doing but may include:

  • visualising storyboard and script ideas
  • using animation software or hand drawn techniques to create characters and scenes
  • adding lighting, shading and special effects
  • painting in backgrounds and character colours
  • adding textures to digital models
  • using motion capture methods to create lifelike expressions and movements
  • using stop-motion techniques to film 3D models
  • combining separate layers of animation into one to create the final product

You could work in an office, from home or in a creative studio.

With experience, you could progress from animator to lead animator and animation director.

You could also work for larger animation studios, games developers, interactive media designers or video post-production firms.

You might decide to go freelance or start your own studio.

You can get advice about working as an animator from ScreenSkills.

You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.

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