Employment Trends in Animation and Related Fields

New Hampshire is home to more than 7,500 salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. The population has increased dramatically since 2013 when the state was home to 6,390 ADESM workers. These individuals work in a range of areas from graphic and commercial design to multimedia art and animation. 

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The Maine Film Office has been offering support services for film productions since 1987. Although younger than most film offices in the U.S., the office offers has managed to attract a number of big budget Hollywood productions through incentives, permit-free access to locations, and a variety of competitions and festivals that promote the state and all it has to offer. Just a few famous movies that feature scenes shot in Maine include Shutter Island (2010), The Cider House Rules (2000), Jumanji (1995), Casper (1995), Forrest Gump (1994), and Pet Sematary (1989). Many other films have been shot in Maine as well as television shows, videos, commercials, and other productions.

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The Nevada Film Office (NFO) manages more than 300 film projects each year. Thanks to the quantity (and quality) of films that make their way through Nevada each year, many production and post-production studios routinely set up shop in Nevada. This spells opportunity for aspiring animators and other artists interested in the film industry.

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DC

Washington, DC is the capital of the world’s most powerful democracy, but politics isn’t the only thing happening here. The District of Columbia, known today as Washington, The District or just DC), is rich with art, culture, and history which makes it a great place for aspiring artists of all kinds. The District is home to the National Gallery of Art, which houses the Ginevra de Benci—the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Western Hemisphere, as well as Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle, The Kreeger Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The National Portrait Gallery, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Arena Stage. 

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), film and video editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production. Most editors have one or more assistants who support the editor by keeping track of each shot in a database or loading digital video into an editing bay. Assistants also may do some of the editing tasks. Because digital filming is the norm these days, nearly all editing work is done on a computer, and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software. 

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Montana is home to nearly 6,000 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. Members of this group are fine artists, commercial and industrial designers, graphic designers, producers and directors, musicians, writers, photographers, and multimedia artists and animators. The state’s multimedia artists and animators work at creative agencies, graphic design firms, game studios, animation studios, public relations forms, and other areas. 

Just a few employment options include Brickhouse Creative (Bozeman), The Wendt Agency (Great Falls), A.D. Creative Group, and Moving Pictures Productions (Helena). Speaking of pictures, Montana does have a growing film industry. This means more opportunities for aspiring animators to work in film production. The state’s film office has already hosted blockbusters and classics such as Nebraska (2013), Hoot (2006), What Dreams May Come (1998),The Horse Whisperer (1998), Forrest Gump (1994), Iron Will (1994), The Untouchables (1987), Runaway Train(1985), and The Shining (1980).

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South Dakota is home to more than 5,000 salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. While many of these individuals work in graphic design, public relations, photography, floral design, merchandise display, and broadcasting, the state has its fair share of animators and multimedia artists. These artists typically settle in Sioux Falls—the state’s largest city, where they work in the film and video industry, advertising, public relations, graphic design, technology, and education, to name a few.

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A Division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the New Mexico Film Office continues to offer one of the most competitive incentives package in the industry. This, along with the most breathtaking landscapes, attracts productions and television series of all kinds from across the U.S. Just a few include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 – 2010), The Avengers (2012), Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul (2008 – 2013; 2014 -), True Grit (2010), Due Date (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Book of Eli (2010), The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 – 2010), and No Country for Old Men (2007). Thanks to an active film office, the state is home to a large number of production studios and other businesses that support the film industry.  This includes animation studios.  

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Louisiana is home to a number of bustling film offices that attract dozens of productions each year. The Louisiana Film & Television Commission, Film Baton Rouge, the Southwest Louisiana Film Commission and others have hosted major productions such as Fantastic Four (2015), G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013), 21 Jump Street (2012), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Looper (2012), The Lucky One (2012), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). 

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Illinois home to the nation’s third largest city and one of the world’s top arts and culture centers—Chicago. The Windy City is home to one of the world’s largest art museums—the Art Institute of Chicago, and other museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the National Museum of Mexican Art, and DePaul Art Museum (DPAM). The Art Institute also houses the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), which tied for the number four spot on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Fine Arts Schools in the U.S. The school is number one for Fiber Arts, number two for Painting/Drawing and Photography, and number five for Time-Based Media/New Media.

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