Animator in Columbia, MO

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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3D Modeling
3D Studio Max
Adobe After Effects
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Adobe Creative Cloud
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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere Pro
Salary for Animator in Columbia, MO
50363 - 72088
25th percentile
50363
New to the role, with little or no experience; requires more than casual instruction or supervision to perform day-to-day duties
50th percentile
60435
Has the experience to consistently perform core responsibilities without direct supervision; very comfortable with processes and subject matter associated with the role
75th percentile
72088
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 63003 77223 91245 3D Animator 51153 60435 74458 3D Modeler 44833 55695 68335 Digital Artist 44240 55103 68928 Presentation Designer 46413 58065 66755 Graphic Designer 40290 52140 61620 Packaging Designer 42660 51745 63398 Illustrator/Infographics Designer 40093 48388 59250 Photo Retoucher 36538 47993 61620 Photographer 34563 45623 57275 Production Artist 40883 48190 53720 Production Coordinator 36735 39500 46610

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