Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
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Related Job Titles
3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator), 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist), Animator, Artist, Digital Artist, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Motion Graphics Artist, Multimedia Producer
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What you Need to Know
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk 3ds Max Design; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D; AutoDesSys form Z; solidThinking
- Development environment software — Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript; C; Unreal Technology Unreal Engine; XML User Interface XUI
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop; Trimble SketchUp Pro
- Video creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects; Apple Final Cut Pro; Pixar RenderMan Studio; YouTube
- Web platform development software — AJAX; Cascading Style Sheets CSS; Drupal; PHP: Hypertext preprocessor
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