Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields


Ohio is the nation’s seventh largest state. Thanks to a population of more than 11.5 million, Ohio’s sizable collection of colleges is the sixth largest in the U.S. The state’s 215 Title IV degree-granting institutions vary from traditional universities to art and design schools to technical colleges. Although different, Ohio’s Title IV schools have several things in common. They have (1) accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have signed a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) they have been in business for at least two years. All Title IV schools must meet these requirements in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. 

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New York

According to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), New York is home to 304 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it has signed a participation agreement with the Department, it has been in business for at least two years, and it offers an associate's degree or higher. A Title IV school also offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school meets these requirements, it becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.

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Animation Careers in the District of Columbia

Overview - The District of Columbia is home to the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Thanks to an wide range of program options via Netflix, Amazon Prime, cable television, and more, the Office is now one of the busiest film offices in the country. Just a few “Made in DC” productions include Alpha House (Amazon), House of Cards (Netflix/Sony Pictures Entertainment), Catfish (MTV), Madame Secretary (CBS), Covert Affairs (TNT), VEEP (HBO), Blacklist (NBC), Scandal (ABC), and The Americans (FX). 

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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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