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Junior animator (level 4)

Create animated assets and content, by producing the motions, gestures, expressions and performance of two or three dimensional characters and inanimate objects.

Level
4
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC)
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
£11,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Determine what is required for their own work as a junior animator by analysing briefs, specifications, visual references, technical and production parameters
  • Research ideas and information for the animation being created
  • Read and interpret the relevant sources of information for the production, such as; the script, animatic, x-sheet or dope-sheet, character, colour and model reference and soundtrack
  • Continue to update own animation skills, use new tools, software, data and other related technology
  • Adapt and be able to meet the requirements of the animation style or genre specified for the production
  • Use reliable information to keep-up-to date with the laws, regulations, codes of practice, standards and guidelines that govern animation and how they affect your work
  • Maintain an awareness of the current priorities, constraints and opportunities of your work as junior animator at all times
  • Comply with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures such as Health and Safety
  • Work methodically in an organised and concentrated manner, paying particular attention to detail
  • Identify the information you need to carry out your work to expected standards on each animation production
  • Work effectively both individually and as part of a wider animation team
  • Operate within and adhere to agreed organisational policies, standards and procedures
  • Maintain an awareness of the current priorities, constraints and opportunities of the client's budget or production requirements at all times
  • Move characters on set in whatever style is required to meet the creative, narrative and technical demands of the production
  • Respond to feedback about the animated material you create in a positive way, making refinements as requested by clients or supervisors
  • Deliver good customer service in a creative environment
  • Develop an animated character/object/creature through its movement and timing
  • Contribute ideas to aid the creative development of the character, shot and overall production
  • Create animations using given camera angles, or make adjustments to camera animations according to the production demands and schedule
  • Create the assets that meet the requirements of the animation department
  • Plan story/playboards to communicate key ideas with the team or clients
  • Create story/playboards that depict the script and narrative
  • Present work in progress, or completed animations to colleagues or clients
  • Respond carefully to questions, making sure you provide the information the audience is asking for
  • Animate primary and secondary characters/objects/creatures and elements
  • Interpret the personality and traits of the character/object/creature, conveying the emotions, behaviours and actions within a scene
  • Ensure that animations are in sync with the soundtrack
  • Create animation in line with production demands, and ensure the output is correct for the next stage of the process
  • Select and use the industry standard software package required by the particular animation production
  • Adapt to the various styles, techniques, procedures and software that may be required by the animation production
  • Prepare and store files in line with production requirements, to enable the next stage of animation production to run efficiently
  • Undertake test renders at appropriate times to determine the length of time required for rendering and check for errors
  • Establish the render settings that gain the required appearance and create sufficient flexibility for compositing
  • Apply render settings that enable the required degree of realism
  • Prioritise renders in accordance with production priorities
  • Calculate render times and storage space required to meet production requirements

Full information on Junior animator (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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