Multi-Media Artists and Animators work mostly on movies and videos, and computer games. Some work on advertising. They draw by hand and use computers to create the series of pictures that form the animated images or special effects seen in movies, television programs, and computer games. Some draw storyboards for television commercials, movies, and animated features.
• Draw graphics and animation, using both pens and computer programs.
• Use computers to make these images move.
• Make objects or characters appear lifelike by changing the light, color, texture, and shadow.
• Follow the story to make sure that the motion of the images makes sense.
• Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
• Make presentation.
• Work closely with a team of people with different skills.
Where and When:
• Most work for movie, television, or video companies.
• Some work for advertising companies.
• They usually work in an office with a computer and a drawing table.
• They work normal hours, but will often work lots of evenings and weekends if there is a project due.
What or Who They Work With:
• They must be able to work with different people - directors, illustrators, writers, computer programmers.
• Graphics tablets (Digital paper)
• Pressure stylus (Digital pens)
• Digital cameras (Panoramic digital cameras)
• Graphics computer software
Education and Training:
• Most have a Bachelor's Degree
• Some have college, but lots of on-the-job experience
• It's important to be able to get your work done on time, so organizing is an important skill.
Related School Subjects:
• Graphic design or desktop publishing classes in high school
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