Multimedia Artist/Animator  What They Do

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Multimedia Artists and Animators Career Video



Creates 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.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Audio and Video Technology and Film pathway, Visual Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
  • Designs complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
  • Makes objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.
  • Applies 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.
  • Participates in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design, and progress tracking.
  • Creates basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
  • Develops briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters, and slide shows.
  • Scripts, plans, and creates animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
  • Implements and maintains configuration control systems.
  • Assembles, typesets, scans and produces digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Anime Artist -- Creates a style of animation originating in Japan, which often features colorful graphics, vibrant characters and action-filled plots with fantastic or futuristic themes.
  • Computer Graphic Designer -- Creates effective visual designs for letterheads, posters, billboards, vehicles, presentations, television, movies and other marketing materials.
  • Concept Artist -- Develops plans and visual concepts for games and movies.
  • Creative Director -- Responsible for the overall supervision of an agency's creative product (both design and copy).
  • Game Developer -- Creates video games, often working with computer graphic artists to develop a game aesthetic.
  • Illustrator -- Draws or paints illustrations for use by various media to explain or adorn printed or spoken word.
  • Special Effects Designer -- Creates illusions or tricks of the eye used in the film, television, theatre, videogame, or simulator industries to simulate the imagined events in a story or virtual world.
  • Storyboard Artist -- Responsible for physically drawing the scenes of a film or television production, in an effort to provide a tangible example of a director's plan prior to a film being created.
  • Web Designer -- Responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website.