Employment Trends in Animation and Related Fields

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The Chicago Art Scene

Chicago is as famous for art as it is for architecture. While this cultural mecca is home to many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, it is also home to the world famous Art Institute of Chicago, plus hundreds of art galleries—big and small. On any given day, the Art Institute and the city’s collection of up and coming galleries showcase everything from modern abstract paintings to moving digital art installations to live art demonstrations. 

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NCSoft - Career Profile

January 22, 2015

What does it take to get a job with NCSOFT? What is it like working at NCSOFT? ACR takes a look:


Established in 1997, NCSOFT Corporation is a publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online role-playing games or MMORPGs. In addition to launching Korea’s “first highly popularized internet-based online game” titled Lineage, the company has produced popular titles such as Lineage 2, Aion, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, and Blade & Soul. Lineage is NCSOFT’s flagship product. Since the development of NCSOFT’s flagship product—Lineage,  the company’s games have attracted millions of subscribers in Korea alone, plus millions more worldwide.

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 Storyboard Assistant

What does a Storyboard Assistant  do? Where does a Storyboard Assistant work? ACR takes a look:

About Storyboard Assistants

Many aspiring animators gain experience through internships, an entry-level or support position or both. This is also a great way to get your foot in the door at a major studio. Becoming a storyboard assistant is one way to accomplish both. Storyboard assistants provide support to storyboard artists. This position allows the assistant to refine their drawing skills and gain valuable experience with industry graphics, storyboard, and editing software. 

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Independent Filmmaker

What does an Independent Filmmaker do? Where does an Independent Filmmaker work? ACR takes a look:

About Independent Filmmakers 

Independent filmmakers produce films outside of major film studios. Also called “indie” or “art” films, independent films are typically made with lower budgets and the look and feel is noticeably different than bigger budget productions. Independent filmmakers usually have more flexibility in filmmaking, however, so their personal artistic vision shines through.  

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What does a Inbetweener do? Where does a Inbetweener work? ACR takes a look:

About Inbetweeners

The animation historians at Disney say that “at most animation studios, the best animators only sketched a few animation drawings, leaving gaps in between. Later on, a person called an "inbetweener" would finish the scenes by drawing in between the areas that the animator had left.” Well, not much has changed about this key position.

Today most job descriptions affirm that inbetweeners are responsible for the continuity of movement between scenes in an animated production. Inbetweeners decide how animated characters will move when transitioning between major key movement scenes. Many aspiring animators spend several years in the inbetween department in order to gain valuable experience in the industry. 

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Render Wrangler

What does a Render Wrangler do? Where does a Render Wrangler work? ACR takes a look:

About Render Wranglers

Render wranglers, also called “technical resource administrators” (TRA), are accustomed to high pressure environments. This highly detailed job might require the wrangler to monitor and control the rendering process and monitor a few computers or an entire render farm of hundreds of machines. Render wranglers monitor the computers to ensure (input/output) of data across various file systems and initiate data moves to allocate disk space. Render wranglers communicate with animators, producers, supervisors, resource managers, coordinators, and other artists across various departments.

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Key Animator

What does a Key Animator do? Where does a Key Animator work? ACR takes a look:

About Key Animators

After working as an animator for at least three years, some animators may advance to key animator—a senior level position.  Also called “senior animator,” key animators typically advance to even higher level positions after holding this title for several years. Becoming a successful senior animator is the final test before being promoted to director. Although higher ranking than an animator, the key animator still does his fair share of creative work, but this position requires more management and directing than an intermediate animation position.

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Stop Motion Animator

What does a Stop Motion Animator do? Where does a Stop Motion Animator work? ACR takes a look:

About Stop Motion Animators

Stop motion animators are a unique bunch. They use models, puppets, or clay to create animated films, television commercials, branded entertainment, and more. Stop motion animation is also called stop frame, model animation, puppet animation, and clay animation. Just a few of the best stop motion movies ever made include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and Little Otik

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Visual Development Artist

What does a Visual Development Artist do? Where does a Visual Development Artist work? ACR takes a look:

About Visual Development Artists

Visual development artists design and develop the look and feel of feature films, animations, videos, and other types of productions. These artists may also work in advertising, publishing, marketing, or public relations. In the animation industry, visual development artists imagine and propose ideas for what the animated world should look like based on the story, characters, and action. Visual development artists also work with character emotions to help assist with the storytelling aspect of the animated production. 

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Video Game Designer

What does a Video Game Designer do? Where does a Video Game Designer work? ACR takes a look:

About Video Game Designers

Video game design is one of the most exciting and competitive careers in the world. For people with a passion for technology and interactive entertainment, video game design is a dream job, but even those with a slight interest in video games would jump at the opportunity to become a member of this fascinating industry.

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