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Working As An Animation Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $103,680

    Average Salary

What Does An Animation Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become An Animation Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Animation Director Demographics

Gender

Male

73.4%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Japanese

20.0%

Filipino

20.0%

Animation Director Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

23.8%

Academy of Art University

16.3%

School of Visual Arts

7.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.0%

California Institute of the Arts

5.0%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Utah

3.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.8%

San Jose State University

2.5%

University of the Arts

2.5%

DePaul University

2.5%

Art Center College of Design

2.5%

Bakersfield College

2.5%

University of Phoenix

2.5%

University of Southern California

2.5%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

2.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

2.5%

Ball State University

2.5%

University of New Mexico

2.5%
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Majors

Animation

37.9%

Fine Arts

10.6%

Photography

7.5%

Graphic Design

6.8%

Computer Science

5.0%

Business

4.3%

Design And Visual Communication

3.1%

Veterinary Medicine

2.5%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.5%

Animal Science

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Theatre

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Advertising

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Social Work

1.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.6%

Masters

15.3%

Other

14.3%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

4.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Animation Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Animation Director Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA May 15, 2013 $160,507
Animation Director Bento Box Animation LLC Burbank, CA Mar 07, 2011 $156,525 -
$172,178
Director of 3D Animation Wet CA Feb 25, 2016 $151,154
Animation Director Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 15, 2010 $135,000
Creative Animation Director I Am Bizzy, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2015 $130,000
Creative Animation Director I Am Bizzy, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2015 $127,307 -
$137,742
Creative Animation Director I Am Bizzy, LLC Los Angeles, CA Mar 25, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Creative Animation Director I Am Bizzy, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 18, 2013 $117,000 -
$127,000
Animation Director Activision Publishing Inc. Middleton, WI Dec 02, 2016 $110,000
Animation Director CCP North America, Inc. Decatur, GA Sep 04, 2013 $80,000 -
$144,000
Animation Director Red Giant Studios, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2009 $62,401
Special Effects Animation Director Just Cause Entertainment, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Nov 01, 2012 $60,210
Special Effects Animation Director Just Cause Productions, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Oct 01, 2011 $60,210

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Top Skills for An Animation Director

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  1. Music Videos
  2. Animation Department
  3. Character Design
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  • Directed animated segments for music videos and documentaries.
  • Led a team and oversaw animal welfare-related training, shelter assessment, and grant programs.
  • Used Alias Power Animator and Maya to create various animation cycles (i.e.
  • Created motion graphics and animated sequences that visualized talking points.
  • Selected for New Cinema Showcase at Warner Brothers Studios.

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Top 10 Best States for Animation Directors

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  4. Minnesota
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