Computer generated imagery (CGI) is a form of animation, usually in 3D, that is used in television to create images on screen.

Skills needed

  • Knowledge and experience using animation software
  • Understanding of cinematography, design and photography
  • Artistic skills and experience of drawing
  • Working knowledge of editing techniques
  • Able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment
  • Strong communication skills and able to work well in a team
  • Experience using Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects, as well as 2D software
  • Technical skills for model making
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of materials
  • Knowledge of Blender, Houdini or Maya

Job roles

  • Roto artist
  • Compositor
  • 3D modeler
  • Lighting technical director
  • 3D tracker
  • CG modeler
  • Animator
  • Layout artist
  • CG animation director

Duties include

  • Creating high-quality computer animation
  • Liaising between departments to ensure the project is in keeping with the brief
  • Breaking down storyboards into shots
  • Creating movement and building locations, props and positions for models, characters and designs
  • Adding small characters/objects into the background of shots
  • Using programmes such as Animo, Toon Boom, Opus, toonz, Photoshop, Blender, Houdini or Maya
  • Tracing areas of live action frames where computer images interact with live images

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