Although young compared to other film offices, the Maine Film Office has assisted the country’s most prolific filmmakers for more than 20 years. Major productions shot in Maine include Forrest Gump, Pet Sematary, Jumamji, The Cider House Rules, and The Preacher’s Wife, to name a few. Many productions that come through the state require a hundreds of crewmembers and artists to assist with everything from animation to post-production. This creates a number of employment opportunities for digital artists and not just in production. Advertising and promotions are also areas where animators’ expertise is needed.
Besides employment opportunities, aspiring animators can study and train in Maine. The state is home to a number of colleges that offer degrees in everything from digital art to new media.
Maine Animation Schools
Maine is home to an interesting mix of universities, art schools, and specialty schools that offer undergraduate and advanced degrees in the arts. Scroll through the list below to review Maine’s top schools for digital art and animation and what they have to offer.
Maine Media College - M. F. A. Multimedia; Professional Certificate in Multimedia
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning
Employment and Salary Trends for Maine Animators
As of 2009, around 50 animators and multi-media artists lived and worked in Maine. This figure has decreased slightly since 2002, when the state was home to around 70 salaried animators and multi-media artists. This is actually good news considering how many jobs have been lost across the U.S. during the recession. Even better news is salaries for Maine animators have increased steadily. In 2002, they earned an average of $40,690 per year. In 2008 they averaged $42,260 per year. In just one year, salaries increased to $48,030 in 2009.
The mean annual wage for animators nationwide was $62,810 per year in 2009. The lowest paid animators earned $32,360 per year and the highest paid animators earned $99,130 per year.