Film Animator



to meet Lani Greenhill: Film Animator

What is a Film Animator?

Film Animators are generally employed by production houses which produce television, film, visual presentations, software games etc. 

Their main role in a production house is to tell as story through animation or motion graphics using:

  • 2D drawings
  • 3D models and/or computer generated animation

A Film Animator turns an idea into series of visual images to communicate with viewers the desired message or story. 

Film Animators may first begin with drawings, paintings, or sculptures, and then innovatively turn these lifeless images into movie scenes with the aid of computer software and cameras.

Film Animators may work for film crews and television crews, generating scenes from a script or storyboard (a sequence of drawings portraying the plot) sketches.

Film Animators often work project to project and often freelance.

What does a Film Animator do?

  • works with clients
  • creates storyboards from a client’s brief
  • sketches, draws, paints, or sculpts characters and objects from ideas
  • designs and builds models from modelling clay, plaster, wood and styro-foam etcbuilding a portfolio showcasing their work
  • creates each picture frame
  • uses computer software to edit the animation
  • makes sure timing of the movements and the sound are co-ordinated
  • lights the set for 3D model animation
  • chooses & lays a sound track

Are you … ?

  • creative?
  • artistic?
  • able to draw well?
  • original?
  • patient?
  • able to work under pressure?
  • able to communicate your ideas effectively?
  • interested in film and television?
  • someone who likes working with computers?

How do I become a Film Animator?



Offers a 1 year full time Animation National Certificate

Training is highly recommended. There are a number of various ways to become a Film Animator.

See under Fine Artist for more details.

Most universities will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts or offer a similar diploma.

Training in animation is required given the technical nature of the craft. See under Computer Graphics Animator for more details.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scamsmake sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Film Production Designer … or … Sound Engineer

Is becoming a Film Animator the right career choice for me?