Careers in Screen

Print Page

2D/3D AnimationAnimator

2D/3D Animation

In visual effects animation the animator must work to the constraints of the live action plate and is expected to deliver high quality realistically believable performance that match, enhance and integrate with the live action performances.

An Animator is responsible for maintaining the level and style of character animation for the production.  They also work closely with the rigging team to approve facial and character rigs, blend shapes and joint deformations. They may also be required to:

  • Interpret brief from Animation Director, make best use of storyboards, pre vis and live action cues to create a believable performance within the shot photography.
  • Match and react to the performances within the shot, create believable interaction with live action props and environments.
  • Address all notes from Animation/VFX Supervisor/Director and deliver retakes/revisions on time while maintaining highest standards.
  • Perform observation-based research for motion across a range of subject. To create believably realistic motion, based on observation, without stylization.
  • Work in partnership with Rigging department to suggest useful enhancements to the rig that will benefit the animation team.
  • Work in partnership with Effects department to ensure primary animation and secondary animation (cloth, hair, etc.) are delivered to the highest standards.
  • Work in partnership with production coordinator to ensure that animation deliverables are on schedule.

Could This Be The Job For Me?

To succeed at this job, you need:

Have excellent observational skills and acting talent, for character work. Have excellent observation skills and mimicry of live moving forms.

Knowledge and indepth experience of CG animation tools, and general knowledge of CG production.

Open to direction you are passionate about animation and reaching the highest artistic standards of performance.

Ability to interpret and execute director’s feedback.

Good communicator with great interpersonal skills and can delivers high quality results often in a pressurized environment.

Meticulous nature with a self-critical eye and high standards.

Work with

  • Animation Director
  • Overseas Animation Supervisor
  • CG Supervisor
  • Rigging
  • Pipeline TDs
  • Production coordinator

Career Path for Animator

Often will come from a CG Generalist role or specialised training in character animation.

Career Path from Animator:  Animation Director, Overseas Animation Supervisor.

Education Routes: Animators often have a degree in Animation, Motion Design, or Visual Effects but can also come for cognate areas such as Visualisation, Architecture, Film Studies, or Games. Show reel and previous experience are important here.