Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

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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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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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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