Multi-Media Artists and Animators Job Description

The Multi-Media Artists and Animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Tasks for Multi-Media Artists and Animators

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer’s proofs.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators apply story development, directing cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators create pen-and-paper images to be scanned, edited, colored, textured or animated by computer.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators develop briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters and slide shows.

  • The Multi-Media Artists and Animators use models to simulate the behavior of animated objects in the finished sequences.

The Multi-Media Artists and Animators need knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture. The Multi-Media Artists and Animators need knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings and models. The Multi-media Artists and Animators need knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. The Multi-Media Artists and Animators need knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Work Activities for Multi-Media Artists and Animators

  • Thinking Creatively- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators develop, design, or create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or productions, including artistic contributions.

  • Getting Information- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators observe, receive, and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources.

  • Interacting With Computers- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators uses computers and computer systems including hardware and software to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators keeps up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators assesses the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization- The Multi-Media Artists and Animators communicates with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

The Multi-Media Artists and Animators needs the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events. The Multi-Media Artists and Animators need the ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic the number of ideas important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity. The Multi-Media Artists and Animators need the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Degrees and Training to Become Multi-Media Artists and Animators

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