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Multimedia Artists and Animators

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
    • Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
    • Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design, and progress tracking.
    • Implement and maintain configuration control systems.
    • Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
    • Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
    • 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.
    • Create and install special effects as required by the script, mixing chemicals and fabricating needed parts from wood, metal, plaster, and clay.
    • Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.
    • 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.
    • Assemble, typeset, scan, and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.
    • Convert real objects to animated objects through modeling, using techniques such as optical scanning.
    • Create pen-and-paper images to be scanned, edited, colored, textured, or animated by computer.
    • Use models to simulate the behavior of animated objects in the finished sequence.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge
    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $52,340/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.16/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,010
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Pressure stylus
    • Personal computers
    • Graphics tablets
    • Digital cameras
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software