What is a Multimedia Animator?
Also known as: Multimedia Artist.
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A multimedia animator creates animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other media. They create two- and three-dimensional models and animation. Although most multimedia artists are self-employed, some work directly for the motion picture and video industry. They often work long hours, especially when facing deadlines.
How to Become a Multimedia Animator
What does a Multimedia Animator do?
Multimedia animators typically do the following:
- Create graphics and animation using computer programs and illustration
- Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
- Research upcoming projects to help create a realistic design or animation
- Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in the animation
- Edit animation and effects based on feedback from directors, head animators, game designers, or clients
- Meet with clients, head animators, games designers, and directors to review deadlines and development timelines
Multimedia animators often work within a specific type of animation. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Visual effects, also called computer-generated images (or CGI), include creating animation from images of actors performing, or designing scenery or backgrounds for locations. Animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on ‘level design’; creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.
Usually, multimedia animators work in teams to develop a movie, visual effect, or electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, eventually the pieces come together to create one cohesive animation.
Some multimedia animators create their work primarily using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Other animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating that work into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards, which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.
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How to become a Multimedia Animator
Many multimedia animators pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, fine art, art, animation, or a related field to develop a good portfolio of work and learn the strong technical skills that many employers prefer. Employers typically do not require a degree, but they look for workers who have a good portfolio of work and strong technical skills. Programs in computer graphics often include courses in computer science (such as programming) and graphics. Bachelor degree programs in art include courses in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Degrees in animation often involve classes in drawing, animation, and film. Some schools have specialized degrees in topics such as interactive media or game design.
Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films. They give workers on-the-job training to use this software. Animators may be hired for a probationary period while they prove that they have the skills and talent to become a permanent employee.
Animators should have artistic ability and a good understanding of colour, texture, and light. However, they may be able to compensate for a lack of artistic ability with better technical skills. Many multimedia animators do most of their work using computer programs or writing programming code. However, those with artistic talent may be able to find work without strong computer skills.
Animators must be able to think creatively to develop original ideas and make their ideas come to life. They need to be able to work as part of a team and respond well to criticism and feedback.
What is the workplace of a Multimedia Animator like?
Multimedia animators often work from home. Some work in motion picture or video game studios. They often work long hours; it is not unusual for them to work 50-hour weeks, particularly when there are tight deadlines. When deadlines are approaching, they may work nights and weekends as well. Animators need to be able to keep up with the long hours and challenging work.
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