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An animator is a professional who creates videos that are either stop-motion, hand-drawn or computer-generated (CG). Animators can help businesses convey complex concepts through short, impactful visual content. Animators often fit in with a content marketing strategy that helps customers transition away from the awareness stage of the buyer’s journey.


Animators have a few core competencies, such as visual design, branding, and layout. They transform scripts and vision boards into a refined, finished product. They may use tools that offer illustration qualities, such as Adobe Illustrator and Premiere Pro, to create beautiful, impactful illustrations and explainers. 

Below, we will cover a sample job description, exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for a data modeler. 

The Job Overview

We are seeking a dedicated animator to join our growing company.

You will collaborate with other creatives to create compelling and eye-catching images, animations, and campaigns to grow our user base. As an animator, we’ll be depending on you to create stunning visuals that can captivate our prospects and current customers alike.

Your duties will include developing image and video assets for internal documentation and marketing initiatives, including video advertising and prerolls.

Responsibilities

Below are some of the responsibilities an animator is expected to undertake in their position.  

  • Design materials for digital and print formats
  • Accurately use company branding assets (incl. Colors, fonts, etc.) to:
    • Develop completed and high-quality animations, in a timely manner
    • Develop expressive images and video for clients while working with other creatives
  • Advise best practices throughout the design projects for example:
    • Common errors to point out in the design and animation QA processes.
  • Work with a wide range of media, after effects, graphic design, and animation software
  • Manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions
  • Adhere to voice and messaging specifications for animated pieces
  • Accept and work with feedback to create on-brand deliverables at every stage of work
Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications that are expected of an animator:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Fine Arts, 3D animation, or a related creative field OR three years of relevant professional experience
  • Proficiency in computer animation programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Suite, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, and Maya
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years experience in animation
  • Attention to detail
  • Ideally, you have a portfolio of related work across several creative projects
  • Strong analytical and technical skills along with artistic talent
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of layouts, animation fundamentals, special effects, and typography
  • Experience with both print and digital media
Portfolio

We’d love to see your more recent and most captivating work. Please include at least one piece of work from the past 12 months.

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