General Description

Have you ever thought about the work that is put to the television shows that you watched as a child?

Computer animators design graphics to create the illusion of movement. They use computers to try the effects of new graphics and they redraw the frame-by frame of pictures to avoid the repetitive.

Animators work in a wide range of projects, from simple manipulations of existing films, cartoons, or other graphics, to the creation of entire three-dimensional (3D) worlds. A usual computer animator starts their project by working alone or brainstorming new ideas. They make storyboards to visualize and outline their ideas that can be developed. When an idea is selected, the animator creates the graphic which means they can be scanning hand-drawings into the computer to constructing complicated 3D models using computer software. Sometimes, animators make a company’s logo that you would see moving across a television screen. Other times, a team of animators use sophisticated software to animate 3D objects like dinosaurs and spaceships.

A lot of computer animation is done for the entertainment industry. For example, The “Shrek” movies use computer animation to create a fairy tale world full of dragons, ogres, and talking animals. The “Spider-man” films use computer animation to make it seem as though actors have incredible super powers. Video games are another area where you can see the work of computer animators.

Training & Education

There is no strict education requirement to be a computer animator. However, the key to getting work in this area is having a great demo reel. Demo reels contain samples of your best work, and are required by most employers during the hiring process. Putting together a successful demo reel requires skills usually developed in a post-secondary training program in art or design.

There are universities and colleges in Canada that offer programs in computer animation and related subjects (include those that cover areas such as traditional animation, illustration, multimedia development, and graphic design).The programs can be anywhere from a few months to 4 years long, and may lead to a certificate, diploma, or bachelor’s degree.

It is a good idea to choose a post-secondary program that offers a period of internship. Internships give you work experience in your chosen field and provide different opportunities for you to develop your demo reel. It can also build up your experience.

The industry can change so quickly, which means for the future computer animators, they need to keep up-to-date with the changes.

Work Opportunities & Real Job Postings

There is a job refered in Edmonton South, Alberta for computer animator. It can be permanent to full time job, working hours per week .
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Salary & Benefits

Incomes can be anywhere from $25,000 to $70,000 a year, depending on the the animator’s reputation, experience, and location, as well as the amount of work taken on over the course of a year.

Typically, starting salaries are between $25,000 and $45,000 a year. An experienced computer animator can make between $40,000 and $70,000 a year. Those who take on upper-level (managerial positions) can make more than $100,000 a year.

Working Conditions & Realities

Usually, Computer animators will work for film and video production companies, independent filmmakers, television stations, video game developers and producers, and advertising companies.

The reality is animators have flexible schedules. As long as their work is done, it does not matter what hours they work. This can be a advantage or disadvantage of the job. If an important deadline is approaching, evening and weekend work may be required.
Animators’ jobs are not physically challenging; however, they may suffer eye, neck, wrist, or back strain from spending long hours at design boards or computer monitors.

References

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External Web Links

Wikipedia Article on Commputer Animation
PIXAR Official Website
Disney Official Website
Warner Brothers Official Website


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