Your guide to become an Animator in Malaysia

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Who is an Animator?

An Animator is an artist who is able to transform rough sketches into 3D animated movements that sends a message across to the audience.

Have you always loved doodling at the pages of your textbook? Your friends are amazed at how good you are. You always notice envious stares during art class and some even tried to take your drawings and pull it off as theirs! You thought if only those doodles could come to life, you’d make a tonne of money. Well, then an Animator would be the perfect career for you. Regardless of whether you’re stepping into 3D or 2D animation, being an Animator would require a lot of passion in ...

Have you always loved doodling at the pages of your textbook? Your friends are amazed at how good you are. You always notice envious stares during art class and some even tried to take your drawings and pull it off as theirs! You thought if only those doodles could come to life, you’d make a tonne of money. Well, then an Animator would be the perfect career for you. Regardless of whether you’re stepping into 3D or 2D animation, being an Animator would require a lot of passion in order to make the magic of animation come to life. During the dinosaur ages, people had to draw each and every frame individually. But thanks to inventors and engineers, animation is now easier than ever. With your creativity, animation softwares and digital drawing pads, it can now be displayed on to the computer screen to give an illusion that the drawings are moving, hence, creating a motion that looks like it’s actually acting like the cartoons you see on Disney.

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The pros and cons of being an Animator:

Pros

Get paid to express your creativity

Freelance Animators get to do what they love, yet, have flexible working hours

Suitable for those who love to observe things and sceneries as the job requires inspiration and research

Cons

Animators might have to work long hours if there’s a deadline

Experience unstable pay and stress if you're a self-employed Animator because it depends on projects your clients have.

What are all the responsibilities of an Animator ?

Understand the exact requirements from your clients

Create storyboards to plan the layout

Draw 2D sketches, artwork or illustrations

Design assets to use in your animation

Use a range of materials to create images

Time the movement of characters or objects to fit the soundtrack and/or sound effects

Work with editors to coordinate various layers of animations

Meet tight deadlines

Work with other professionals to create a finished product

What skills do you need to become an Animator?

An eye for detail

Every stroke of your pen matters. That little strand of hair across your cartoon’s face sends a different message to the audience. The little buttons on Mickey’s pants have to be drawn with great detail; the stitches, designs and whatnot. No matter how small it is, all these play an important role when the animation goes live.

Artistic skills

This is a no brainer. All artists must have some form of creativity in their blood and be able to think out of the box even when everyone has squeezed out the last drop of brain juice. In fact, Artists never run out of ideas. Their minds are always filled with ideas even before the project comes up and they don’t plagiarise others, nor do they duplicate their previous work. They are trendsetters.

Organised

Animators also need to be organised as they have to deal with various things. They must be able to work on multiple projects at once, communicate with clients and receive specific instructions on what to include, ensuring that they are able to tell a story competently in the form of animation, yet not compromising on their creativity.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become an Animator?

What are the requirements to be an Animator?

No specific professional qualification is needed. A Bachelor’s Degree in Animation is sufficient to apply for a job in the creative industry.

What are the working hours of an Animator?

The working hours of an Animator depends on the project and the deadline. Typically, they work eight hours a day in a studio. Many Animators work freelance, receiving contracts from clients or part-time jobs.

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