A 2D Animator works from storyboards to create animated scenes. They plot camera moves, editing soundtrack, animating movement and performance, developing character. Other duties involve making sure there is consistent design and line quality, charting information as required for production. Making sure file management, naming conventions and file processing procedures are followed. Depending on the size of the production, animators may be producing their own layouts. They may also be responsible for compositing.
Strong visual storytelling skills: timing, perspective, framing, movement, rhythm, action, performance.
Ability to follow style and technical guidelines for production.
Strong understanding of the 2D animation process and pipeline.
Be able to follow show style and design references consistently.
Be able to take direction and adjust work as required.
Know industry standard software packages really well. Be able to follow studio approved file management processes. Be willing to learn new software quickly.
Stay calm under pressure, be able to multitask and prioritise the most important tasks first, and meet deadlines.
Communicate well, work well as part of a team.
Paths to a 2D Animator include: experience as Animation Trainee, Junior Animator, Storyboard Artist with a strong showreel as well as passing studio tests. Roles beyond this include: Key Animator, Lead Key Animator, Animation Supervisor, Animation Director. Routes into this role include courses in Fine Art, Animation, Graphic Design degree useful. Experience and showreel important.Animation 2D Animator