Technical Animator

Animation
Mid-level

Technical animators make it easier for great animation to happen.

What does a technical animator do?

Technical animators make it easier for great animation to happen. There are a lot of technical challenges in creating animation for games. Where movements are complex, for example, they can slow a game down. Or they can take so long to create that the game becomes too expensive to make. Technical animators say: “How can we solve those problems?”  By acting as a bridge between the programmers and the animation team, they work out how the tools and game engine can be developed to overcome the challenges.

What’s a technical animator good at?

  • Supporting others: serve the needs of the animators by ensuring they have the tools they need to do their jobs.
  • Problem-solving: spot potential animation problems, research new technologies, have conversations and find solutions.
  • Programming: diagnose software problems and understand games engines well enough to develop them so they work more effectively.
  • Communication: listen to the animators and programmers, share knowledge and write technical documents.
  • Animation: be skilled in creating animation. Technical animators can't provide support or tools unless they understand how animation is made.

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