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Animation & 3D

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models and animation. Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.
Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:
  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation

  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect

  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations

  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations

  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients

  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines


Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.


Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design.


Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.


Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks. (Burton, 2016)



Character Animation

Character animators create and design characters using animation software, 3D modeling, 2D animations, and even puppetry. These creative professionals develop characters that use movement to tell a story, whether its for film, television, video games or mobile applications.


Character Animator Jobs:

Character animators create then manipulate animated characters to interact in digital environments by using computer software such as MotionBuilder 3D, Flash Professional, LightWave, Maya and other programs. They also draw storyboards, create models, and design environments. Character animators work with sound engineers to make sure movements are in harmony with sound, and they work with clients to help pitch ideas and develop concepts.


Character animators work in film and video production studios, advertising agencies, public relations firms, software publishers, computer systems design firms, graphic design firms, game design firms, web design firms, and at colleges and universities (Burton, 2016)


Industry information and associations
(O'Neill Shevaun, 2012)

Parliament of Australia

Inquiry into the future opportunities for Australia's film, animation, special effects and electronic games industries


Australian Interactive Media Association -


Animation World Magazine

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