we’ve explored What a Freelance
Premiere Editor does? and discussed the different software they use. This
time we want to give you more details about animation and the role of the
Animator in the production industry. This guide aims to clarify what that field
actually involves, helping you to find a perfect freelance animator for your
next creative project.
understand the role of an Animator it is crucial to have the basic knowledge of
animation. Animation is a method whereby multiple images also known as frames
are sequenced together to create an illusion of movement when displayed in
swift sequence. An Animator is an artist who either makes up the images by
hand-drawing or digitally creates them. Nowadays, Animators tend to work in CGI
– Computer-Generated Imagery – rather than by drawing or painting images by
hand, which often is referred to as a traditional animation. Animators are
considered to be a part of the art industry and often work in sectors such as
film, TV, video games and mass media.
I find a good Animator?
work in various stages and even though their job still relies on their artistic
abilities, they are also required to be skilled with specific computer
packages. A lot of Animators decide to specialise in one field, for example
character animation or special effects, which essentially can be anything –
from vehicles to natural phenomena like rain or snow.
choosing an Animator, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the
project you wish for them to work on and the role that you wish the Animator to
play within it.
can you expect from a freelance Animator?
the tasks that an Animator can be responsible for are:
sketches, artwork and illustrations in 2D
animation from concepts and often working on the ideas directly with
and detailed visuals created frame-by-frame
with Editors on various layers of animation, such as characters, special
effects or graphics
the whole animation environment – backgrounds, characters and objects
software such as: Flash, Maya, Cinema 4D, Lightwave, 3ds Max and Softimage
are also often judged by their portfolio rather than how many years of
experience they have. Once you decide to hire a freelance Animator, remember to
pay more attention to their showreel as this is a true indicator of what they
should be able to offer. To avoid any confusion before booking an Animator for
a project, it is always worth speaking to them about what their specific role
was on a project or visual example, to ascertain which aspect of the animation
they were responsible for! We always recommend calling for a chat, so you can
discuss your requirements directly with the freelancer to make sure they have
the right skills and software ability.
should I need a freelance Animator?
is a great way of producing engaging content and developing creative projects.
Producing great graphics is one of the most efficient ways of communicating
with the audience; you could use animation for advertising campaigns, or to
create branded and promotional content for your company.
become a professional Animator?
are some very relevant studies that will definitely help with learning the
basics and making necessary contacts. You can choose from animation, graphic or
3D design, art and film degrees or even computer-aided engineering. However,
entering the industry without higher qualification is still possible but
requires a showreel, a strong artistic background and solid software and IT
a portfolio as a freelancer is the most common path for Animators who usually
decide to settle for permanent jobs only after years of working for different
companies and on various projects. In the meantime, there is always plenty of
opportunities for self-development – from work experiences that are extremely
advantageous when you are just starting up and residencies to additional
courses. A thorough list of animation-related courses can be found at the British Film Institute (BFI) or UAL.
Animators start as studio runners so don’t get discouraged at that point – it’s
one of those job roles that have quite a hierarchical structure. You may also
go through positions like ‘inbetweener’ or ‘clean-up artist’, who assist the
Animator and make drawings between the ‘key poses’ and re-draw sketches. At
some point you will be able to progress into a junior position and if you
continue to work as hard as before, you’ll become a Senior Animator sooner that
you’d have thought! From that you can work on becoming a Design Manager or even
Would love to hear your opinion on this
role! Maybe you have some valuable experience to share? Start the conversation
by messaging me on my LinkedIn profile – Magda Kania, Creative
Resourcer at Yellow Cat Recruitment