Animator

Salary/Compensation

In the local labor market, salary for entry level Animator ranges from P8,000 - P12,000 per month while Key Animator receives P15,000 - P25,000 per month. Overseas, entry level Animator receives an average annual salary of $58,030 $4,836 per month. Key animator, on the other hand has an average annual pay of $64,000 $5,333 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

Even a high school graduate can be an Animator provided he/she has the artistic ability to sketch/ draw and has good imagination. This is what they call the Entry-level Animator. However, to be a Key Animator, certain trainings on the following subject matters will be useful: graphic design/illustration, 2-D and 3-D design, art and design, spatial design, film and video, multimedia and computer aided design. Some of these trainings are offered by some animation companies to their entry level Animators.

Cost of Education *

Animation Training Programs are conducted by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) in cooperation with TESDA and the Korea-Philippines I.T. Training Center in Novaliches, Quezon City. Training costs range from P7,000 to P35,000 depending on the courses to be taken and with a duration of 5 days to 6 months.

Employment Opportunities

Most of the Animators are employed in multinational companies which operates both here and abroad. However, job opportunities should be best for those with the most training and skills. There are demands for highly skilled Animators in the US, Europe, Japan, and South Korea where global animation industry largely lies. The trend of outsourcing animation content to Asia is increasingly being tapped by North American film and television program producers. The major factor behind this shift of computer animation production to the Asia/Pacific region continues to be the availability of low cost, powerful computer animation platforms and much lower labor rates in the Asian and Pacific Rim countries compared to North America and Europe. The bulk of the outsourcing happens for 2D animation content with some amount of 3D content. Animators can work in the following industries: Transport, Storage and Communication, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

An Animator with 2-3 years experience can qualify for the position of Key Animator after undergoing additional training in an advanced course. He/She must also possess supervisory, coaching and leadership skills.

Nature of Work

An Animator creates the illusion of motion thru drawings and movement of images to convey a meaning or a story. The Animator heavily relies on his/her artistic ability, although there is a growing need to be familiar with technical computer packages (animation software). Animators work in 2D animations (such as cartoons), 3D model making animation, or computer generated animation.

Tasks

  • Creates storyboards that visualize the script and narrative;
  • Builds up detailed frame-by-frame visuals with accuracy, designs models from a wide range of materials from modeling clay, plaster, oil paints, water colors and to acrylic as background, sets, characters, objects in the animation environment; and
  • Develops the timing and pace of a character or object’s movements during the animatic and ensures they follow the soundtrack and audio requirements.

Skills and Competencies

  • Artistic ability to sketch/ draw;
  • Good imagination;
  • Knowledgeable in artisitc design/illustration, 2D & 3D design art and design, spatial design, film and video, multimedia and computer aided design; and
  • Familiar in the use of technical software (Flash, 3D studio max, Maya, Lightwave, Softimage and Cinema 4D).

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Imaginative and patient;
  • Have an eye for details; and
  • Have excellent attitude (i.e. flexible, patient, conscientious, resourceful, team worker, organized and disciplined).

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.