Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Background Painting

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About Background Painters

A background painter or “matte painter,” is responsible for creating backgrounds for animated and live-action films. A background painter may create an entire matte painting (such as a village or skyline) where animation or live action occurs in only a few spots. This requires advanced skills in developing 2D and 3D backgrounds.

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Flash Animator

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About Flash Animators

Flash animators create animation for web sites, videos, advertising and marketing, games, education materials, and more. Flash animators coordinate with creative directors to ensure that the animation compliments the design and works in harmony with the technology used to drive the finished product. 

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Character Riggeer

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About Character Riggers

Character riggers are experts at manipulating the geometry of characters in their interaction with environments. Character riggers accomplish this through a thorough understanding of physics and anatomy, operating systems such as UNIX, and software such as Autodesk Maya, Motion Builder, 3D Studio Max, and XSI.    

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Film and Video Editor

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About Film and Video Editors

Film and video editors edit footage for television shows, films, and music videos. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, use of digital filming has changed the work of a large number of editors. Today, nearly all editing work is done on a computer and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software. In addition to editing skills, today’s film and video editors have experience in sound effects, special effects, and animation.

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Graphis Designer

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About Graphic Designers

Graphic designers use art and technology to create catchy graphics for websites, logos, and illustrations in everything from advertising to aerospace. Thanks to the wide variety of exciting industries graphic designers serve, graphic design is number 18 on the list of Top 20 Best Jobs for People Interested in Arts and Communications and number eight on the list of Best Jobs for People with an Artistic Personality Type by JIST Publishing. Most graphic designers will agree that there is never a dull moment in this dynamic career field. 

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Art Director

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About Art Directors

Art directors develop design concepts and review material that will appear in digital media, newspapers, advertisements, books, magazines, and more. They control the overall visual direction of a project in industries from advertising and public relations to web design. Art direction requires years of experience, advanced technical skills, and advanced knowledge in the areas of art and management. As such, art director is considered a high level position that offers many financial rewards. Professionals in this specialized field are among the highest paid artists in the art and design world.

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Forensic Animator

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About Forensic Animators

Forensic animation is one of the most unique specializations in the animation industry. Instead of creating animation for video games, films, and cartoons, professional forensic animators recreate crime scenes or accidents to help investigators produce evidence and solve crimes. In addition to a background in animation, many forensic animators have a legal or criminal justice background. 

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Animation Director

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About Animation Directors

Animation directors recruit and coordinate animation teams. They lead each team from the beginning to the end of any given animated production. Animation directors have a tremendous amount of experience in the art and animation industry. Because of they have advanced skills and years of experience in the field, animation directors are among the most sought after professionals in the animation industry. 

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Animator - Career Profile January 2, 2015


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About Animators

Animators create animation and visual effects for films, video games, television, mobile devices, and other forms of media using illustrations and software programs. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Autodesk3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are just a few leading software programs for animators. Animators also create graphics and develop storyboards, drawings and illustrations. They create, plan, and script animated narrative sequences, and assist with background design and production coordination.

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3D Modeler - Career Profile January 2, 2015

3D Modeler

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About 3D Modelers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Quarterly, 3D modelers build 3D characters and environments that are based on the concept art. To create the models’ surfaces or skins, they paint and wrap 2D textures on a digital frame. Modelers also create character skeletons, which animators then control. Modeling is performed using a variety of programs such as Maya, 3DS Max, Pixar's RenderMan, POV-Ray, and many others.

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