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.
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 in-depth experience of CG animation tools, and general knowledge of CG production can produce realistic animation for a wide range of characters and creatures.
Open to direction you are passionate about animation and reaching the highest artistic standards of performance.
Empathetic to Actors performance and character development. Ability to interpret and execute director’s feedback.
Good communicator with great interpersonal skills and can delivers high quality results often in a pressurised environment.
Meticulous nature with a self-critical eye and high standards.
Career Path to Animator Artist: Often will come from a CG Generalist role but also from other departments such as Matchmove (Bodytracking).
Career Path from Animator: 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.