What does it take to get a job with Sony Pictures Animation? What is it like working at Sony Pictures Animation? ACR takes a look:
About Sony Pictures Animation
Established in 2002, Sony Pictures Animation is a owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The company produces CGI animation for motion pictures. Sony Pictures Animation is behind blockbuster films such as The Smurfs and Monster House, as well as Surf’s Up, Open Season, and Boog and Elliot’s Midnight Bun Run. Since its first feature film was released in 2006, Sony’s animated films have grossed nearly $1 billion. The company’s first feature alone (Open Season), grossed nearly $2 million.
In addition to earning big dollars at the box office, Sony’s animated features have attracted attention from the Academy. The 2007 film Surf’s Up was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
Sony Pictures Animation Jobs
Sony Pictures Animation is always looking for creative talent. According to the company website (www.sonypicturesanimation.com), Sony “welcomes the best, brightest, and most imaginative minds in the animation business” to become a part of the team. The company offers a positive work environment where artists collaborate to create some of the biggest and best animated productions in the industry. As of August 22, 2011, the company did not have listings for specific positions. However, submission guidelines were available. When a position becomes available, applicants are required to complete the online application process by uploading a resume and cover letter. Applicants should also include:
- Website and/or bog links on the resume and cover letter
- Online demo reel along with a reel breakdown with a specific description of your contribution
- Online portfolio representing strongest current work
- Life drawings (optional, by preferred)
Please visit the company website to check for current openings and to apply online.
Sony Pictures Animation Salaries
Salaries for Sony Pictures Animation employees vary by position, experience, and other factors, but they are competitive within the industry. According to Salaryquest.com, a senior character animator can earn as much as $128,960 a year. Glassdoor.com reports a salary of $104,000-$113,000 for visual development artists and $10 an hour for interns.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 8,000 animators and mult-imedia artists living and working in the state of California. They earn an average salary of $74,560. Los Angeles is home to nearly 5,000 of the state’s 8,440 animators and they average $76,360-$76,920 per year. Across the nation, animators earn a mean annual salary of $63,440.