Employment Trends in Animation and Related Fields

From thousands of working animators and the prestigious London International Animation Festival (LIAF) to major animation studios such as Framestore, Moving Picture Company (MPC), and Double Negative, we think London is a great place to do an animation internship!

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Connecticut is one of the nation’s oldest states, which means it is home to a number of “firsts.” The very first ‘Made in America’ cigars originated here, as well as the first color TV,  the nation’s first law school, the first telephone book, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, and the first commercial U.S. telephone exchange. Connecticut is also one of the few states that continues to publish more than 144 different newspapers and it runs the oldest newspaper in America—the Hartford (est. 1764).

The state is a leader when it comes to innovation and accepting new ideas, so it’s not surprising that Connecticut is also home to an active film office that offers excellent incentives for digital animation production companies. This attracts productions from all over the U.S., which means opportunity for aspiring animators. Just a few Connecticut production studios include Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich; Sono Studios, Norwalk; Connecticut Film Center, Stamford; Palace Production Center, South Norwalk; P&P Studios, Inc., Stamford, and Televerse Studios, Stamford.  A 495,000+/- square feet production studio with nine soundstages (175,000 square feet) is also in the works. If all goes well, Connecticut Studios will be located at the intersection of I-291 and Route 5 in South Windsor.

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Connecticut

Officially nicknamed “The Constitution State” in 1959, Connecticut has its fair share of firsts from the very first cigars made in America to the first color TV. The state produced the nation’s first law school, the first telephone book, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton, the state was the first to issue permanent license plates for cars, and the first commercial U.S. telephone exchange opened in New Haven.

Connecticut is one of the few states that continues to publish more than 144 different newspapers and it runs the oldest newspaper in America—the Hartford, which began as a weekly newspaper in 1764. The state is a leader when it comes to innovation and accepting new ideas, so it’s not surprising that Connecticut is also home to an active film office that offers excellent incentives for digital animation production companies. This attracts productions from all over the U.S., which spells “opportunity” for aspiring animators.

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Mississippi may not be the first place you think of when it comes to animation, but the state does have a lot to offer artists and designers of all kinds. First, the state is home to art museums of all sizes such as Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson (the state’s largest city), Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, and OHR-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Next, Besides the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson is home to the Mississippi Film Office, which offers incentives for filmmakers of all kinds. The office has attracted Hollywood productions such as Act of Valor (2012), The Help (2011), Walk the Line (2005), O, Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), A Time to Kill (1996), The Insider (1995), Mississippi Burning (1988) and The Client (1994). 

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North Dakota is home to more than 4,500 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. They work in areas ranging from graphic design and editing to film and video production and photography. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has not determined the number of animators working in North Dakota, the state is home to several production studios and associations that helps locate resources for visiting filmmakers. This helps attract productions to the state, which creates opportunities for animators interested in working in the film and video industry.

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From Chadron State Park to the Omaha skyline, Nebraska has provided some of the most breathtaking backdrops for productions of all kinds. Just a few movies shot in Nebraska include Downsizing (coming 2017), Nebraska (2013), Lucky (2011), Elizabethtown (2005), About Schmidt (2002), and Election (1999). Thanks to the Nebraska Film Office, the Eastern Nebraska Film Office, and other organizations, productions such as these are common in the state. These organizations encourage film and video production through contests, training programs, resources, and tax incentives.

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Alabama has an art and design scene that highlights art museums such as Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Huntsville Museum of art, and Mobile Museum of Art. The state is also home to dozens of contemporary art galleries, design centers, and performing arts venues, as well as an active film office. The Alabama Film Office offers incentives, easy access to beautiful locations, and an endless amount of resources for filmmakers. This attracts productions of all kinds to the state. Just a few include Selma (2014), Failure to Launch (2006), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Big Fish (2003). 

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The State of Kansas has fairly active film, game, and multimedia arts and animation scenes. First, the state is home to the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, which has attracted productions such as Friday Night Lights (2004), Nurse Betty (2000), Mars Attacks (1996), Truman (1995), and Dances with Wolves (1990). And who could forget in Cold Blood (1967)? Next, the state is home to nearly 50 animation, visual effects, and production studios, hundreds of creative agencies, and more than 65 technology firms. 

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With a population of just 935,614 (2014), Delaware is one of the smallest states in the U.S. Still, this tiny territory has big dreams when it comes to attracting creative industries such as filmmaking. In fact, the state legislature recently approved the formation of a Motion Picture and Television Development Commission that will work under the Department of Finance. The state hopes that the move will bring more jobs and money into Delaware. The state is already home to the Delaware Film Office, which is a private non-profit organization that promotes the Video Game, Motion Picture, Television Production, and New Media industries in Delaware. The growth of organizations such as these may lead to growth in the animation and multimedia art industry. 

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Wyoming is home to more than 3,000 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations. Just a few include graphic design, producing and directing, public relations, photography, and film and video camera operators. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has not determined the number of animators living and working in Wyoming, the state has an impressive Film Office that has attracted award-winning productions such as Nebraska (2013), Django Unchained (2012), and Brokeback Mountain (2005), most recently, as well as older films such as Starship Troopers (1997), Dances with Wolves (1990), as well as Rocky IV (1985), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Disney/Pixar’s animated film The Good Dinosaur (2015) recreates Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

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