Working downstream of the designers’ graphic work (character designer, set designer…), the 3D animator brings characters, objects and sets to life.
He is an artist, a creator, and a specialist in computer graphics.
THE MISSIONS OF THE CG ANIMATOR
Putting characters, set elements and other objects in motion, in order to allow them to evolve in the environment for which they are intended, these are the missions of the CG animator.
Movements and facial expressions are the two aspects on which the CG animator will weigh, and which will give full meaning to his skills. In a word, he brings the characters to life.
Indeed, he gives the characters their gestures, their rhythm, their fluidity, and their own way of moving. He is also the one who sets the rhythm for a scene.
As for his work on facial expressions, it allows him to develop the acting skills of his characters (joy, surprise, rage…). The CG animator is familiar with the range of emotions, which he transmits through the traits he attributes to his characters.
HIS KNOW-HOW, HIS KNOWLEDGE
Versatile expert, the CG animator demonstrates both imagination and technical mastery. A good pencil stroke, a sense of perspective and a sense of volume are necessary. His knowledge of physics, anatomy and his work of observation are his best assets in this profession.
At the same time, a mastery of animation software is required. Very comfortable on computers, and especially on the various animation software he masters (Maya, 3ds Max…), the CG animator executes a precise work, in correlation with the expectations of the artistic director or the director. The animator must also be able to blend into a team and manage stress.
A noteworthy observation : the French know-how of CG animation is appreciated and recognized all over the world.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
CG invades all media, and is therefore omnipresent. This reality offers many opportunities for professionals of the field, who can choose their favourite area.
As a creative team member, the CG animator is coveted by marketing, communication and graphic design departments… Cinema, video games, advertising or website… his possibilities are endless. He can join a specialized agency, a software publisher, a studio, or choose to start his own business as a freelancer.
Overall, he must accept the precariousness inherent in the status of those who work in the entertainment industry. There are many expatriation opportunities for graduates of French schools such as ESMA, as long as the candidates speak English fluently.
Generally, a beginner earns around €2,000 gross per month. This income may increase significantly with experience. The CG animator can evolve into positions of responsibility such as assistant director, director, artistic director, animation supervisor…