Animator in Boulder, CO

Animator Job Description

Animators breathe life and personality into characters, scenes and other animation elements used to tell stories in cartoons, films, video games, commercials, social media and more. These creative professionals create and sequence multiple images, referred to as “frames,” to give the illusion of movement. An animator might employ digital images, hand-drawn illustrations, models or other types of images and props to create special effects and other animations using computer-generated animation, 2D or 3D model-making, or stop-frame tools and techniques. Employers seek animators with a vivid imagination who are collaborative and receptive to feedback and can work diligently under pressure. Multimedia experience, including in emerging areas like virtual reality (VR), and video editing expertise are highly valued. A bachelor’s degree in computer animation, fine arts or graphic arts is often preferred for this role. Most employers will require candidates to provide a solid portfolio of relevant creative work, including hand-drawn character designs and animation clips.

Typical animator duties:

Creating character sketches, designing backgrounds and other elements, and developing storyboards for animation projectsReading through scripts, and brainstorming and conceptualizing compelling images to help tell stories in an engaging, memorable wayWorking closely with a wide range of team members throughout projects, including artists, story editors, photographers, designers, other animators, voice actors and producersEnsuring final deliverables are high quality and delivered on time and on budget

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Adobe After Effects
Adobe Animate
Adobe Flash
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Animation
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Character Animation
Characters
Design
Salary for Animator in Boulder, CO
75863 - 108588
25th percentile
75863
New to the role, with little or no experience; requires more than casual instruction or supervision to perform day-to-day duties
50th percentile
91035
Has the experience to consistently perform core responsibilities without direct supervision; very comfortable with processes and subject matter associated with the role
75th percentile
108588
Value to the organization goes far beyond the ability to perform normal job duties; has rare qualifications that enable consistent contribution in unique ways; ready for next career level when available
Projected salaries for related positions Position title 25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile Art Director 94903 116323 137445 3D Animator 77053 91035 112158 3D Modeler 67533 83895 102935 Digital Artist 66640 83003 103828 Presentation Designer 69913 87465 100555 Graphic Designer 60690 78540 92820 Packaging Designer 64260 77945 95498 Illustrator/Infographics Designer 60393 72888 89250 Photo Retoucher 55038 72293 92820 Photographer 52063 68723 86275 Production Artist 61583 72590 80920 Production Coordinator 55335 59500 70210

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