Animation is the process of hand-drawn, computer-generated or stop-motion processes to create the illusion of movement and tell a story.
In general, crew working in animation are following direction from directors and/or supervisors, and are collaborating to bring their vision to the screen. Unlike in VFX, working in animation means you are part of telling a whole story, rather than enhancing already produced images. The work can be very fast-paced, dynamic, and requires extensive teamwork to bring the final story to life.
Tour an animation studio in B.C.:
Entry Level & In-demand
What kind of jobs are available?
What those who work in animation usually bring to the work.
- The skills needed to work in animation are broad and varied and range from creative to technical.
- Many hires have a combination of formal education and strong artistic skills and are proficient at various software packages.
- Many hires in animation demonstrate their work experience through an online portfolio that shows one’s talent, creativity and a range of styles through work on a range of projects.
Finance (various roles)
Human Resources and Recruitment (various roles)
Production Management (various roles)
2D Colour Artist
2D Storyboard Artist
Shot Finaling Artist
Character FX (CFX) Artist
Design (Production Designer, Art Director)
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