Computer animators use software such as 3D StudioSkills or Animator Pro to produce animation for film, television and video. Specific examples of their creative work ranges from video games, television shows, computer simulations and educational modules to special effects for movies, websites and advertising.

As in all productions of this kind, a substantial amount of preparation takes place before the actual animation work begins. Working with the director, the animator plans and develops the story behind the animation, model characters, the background scenes, the arrangement of models in a scene, the use and placement of lighting and motion cameras and the interaction between objects. This pre-production work also includes developing storyboards, layout and character designs, and when it is finished the animator begins to create , refine and render the objects on their computer.

In smaller companies, animators spend a considerable amount of time dealing with their clients discussing the scope of their project and the specifications. They must create a product that is both appealing and appropriate to the project’s objectives. The ability to listen to and understand their clients’ vision is essential to an animator’s success in a highly competitive market. 

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