Animator in Laguna, CA

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 Laguna, CA
77775 - 111325
25th percentile
77775
New to the role, with little or no experience; requires more than casual instruction or supervision to perform day-to-day duties
50th percentile
93330
Has the experience to consistently perform core responsibilities without direct supervision; very comfortable with processes and subject matter associated with the role
75th percentile
111325
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 97295 119255 140910 3D Animator 78995 93330 114985 3D Modeler 69235 86010 105530 Digital Artist 68320 85095 106445 Presentation Designer 71675 89670 103090 Graphic Designer 62220 80520 95160 Packaging Designer 65880 79910 97905 Illustrator/Infographics Designer 61915 74725 91500 Photo Retoucher 56425 74115 95160 Photographer 53375 70455 88450 Production Artist 63135 74420 82960 Production Coordinator 56730 61000 71980
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