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 September 11, 2021

By  Annabelle

Industry Research

Media:

  • Broadcasting: TV, Radio, BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Streaming, Audio, Advertising
  • Print: Newspaper, Magazines, Books
  • Online: Social Media
  • Games

What is a profession?

A profession is a full time job which you need a higher level of education of skill to do the job. There is a higher level of responsibility. You must be confident in your own skills and have the ability to work independently. You are expected to manage your own workload for the employer or client.

Some professional jobs include:

  • Teachers
  • Doctors
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Artists/Authors
  • Designers
  • Chefs

Legal & Ethical, what do they mean?

Legal is what the law says. Regulations and rules.

Ethical is making sure you’re doing the general right thing.


Animation Industry

Animation Industry Job Roles

  • Artists (Inbetweeners, art direction, clean up artists, background artists)
  • Writers
  • Voice Actors
  • Sound Effects Technicians
  • Producers
  • Director
  • Texture Artists
  • 3D Model Builders
  • Computer Programmers
  • Concept Artists
  • Motion Capture Artist
  • Compositor
  • Digital Effects
  • Colourists
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Lip Sync
  • Set Construction
  • Editor
  • Runner
  • Character Design
  • Camera Operator
  • Animators

Types of Animators

  • Character Animator
  • 2D Animator
  • Particle Animator
  • Pixel Animator

Character Animator

Character Animators create and design characters using animation software. These include MotionBuilder 3D, Flash Professional, LightWave, Maya and other programs. They develop characters that use movement to tell a story whether it’s for film, television or a game. These people create and then manipulate the characters to determine how they move. The hard part is trying to make the movements of the character natural. They must think about how things would sway while being hit by a breeze or how someone’s mouth would move while eating. There is a lot to think about.

Example of a character animator: Tim Allen

“For over 20 years I’ve been working as a professional stop motion animator on some of the biggest stop motion animation productions in the world. I’m highly versatile as a character animator in both Animation Supervisor & Lead Animator roles. I also do plenty of commercials, short films & TV series.”

A stop motion animator for 20 years, Tim Allen was a key animator on Wes Anderson’s oscar-nominated film Isle of Dogs. His other credits include Fantastic Mr Fox & Tim Burton's Corpse Bride & Frankenweenie. As well as animating on Oscar-winning Peter & the Wolf & Oscar-nominated My Life as a Zucchini, he’s served many years of TV series work including Fireman Sam, Postman Pat plus Shaun the Sheep & Creature Comforts USA for Aardman Animations. Tim was Animation Supervisor on The Magic Piano & also the stop motion Club Penguin specials for Disney.

I have actually been in contact with Tim Allen and spoke on a video call with him last year. He shared with me some of his work and also gave me some amazing tips for animating.


Game Industry

Game Industry Job Roles

  • Creative Direction
  • Pixel Animation
  • Pixel Environment
  • Concept Artist
  • Game Design
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • Production
  • Music Composing & Sound Design
  • Vocal Foley
  • Vocal Arrangement
  • Vocal Foley Coordinator
  • Mixing & Additional Recordings
  • English Voice Production
  • Management
  • Voice Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Script Supervisor
  • Technical Director
  • System Architect
  • Programming Lead
  • Player Programming
  • Camera Programming
  • Enemy Programming
  • Wildlife Programming
  • Object Programming
  • NCP Programming
  • Event Programming
  • UI Programming
  • Environment Programming
  • Physics Programming
  • AI Navigation Programming
  • Framework Programming
  • Terrain Programming
  • VFX Programming
  • Sound Programming
  • System Development
  • Game Tool Development

3D Animator

3D animators create high standard in-game animation in the style given by the project. Collaborating with technical animators and senior artists to make changes when necessary. They incorporate feedback from lead animators and producer. 3D animators create clean motion capture data.

Lead Animator

Lead animators work closely with the art, design, and tech teams to create the best in-game animation. You have input early on in development so there is an option to influence and create your own ideas. You will create cinematic and in-game character animation, and there is a preference for someone with skills in both motion capture and key frame animation. There is a lot of leading, mentoring and working in small groups of people.

Requirements:

  • Past Animation experience in the games industry
  • Knowledge of either cinematic, motion captured or key framed character animation
  • Good understanding of Unity or Unreal
  • Experience with any of the following - Max, Maya, or Motion Builder
  • Knowledge of anatomy and human body mechanics
  • Blender experience is a plus!

Film Industry

Film Industry Job Roles

  • VFX Artist
  • Computer Graphic
  • Story Boarder
  • Sound Effect Technician
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Technician
  • Lighting Operator
  • Editor
  • Colourist
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Assistant Director
  • Casting Director
  • Concept Artist
  • Camera Operator
  • Runner

Director

They have the creative decisions of the shots, how the acting is done. They also read over the script and make their own personal changes. The people that they work with is the Colourist, Script Writer, Editor, Producer.

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