Animation Director or Supervisor

Animation Director or Supervisor


  • Having overall responsibility for the quality of an animated product, for keeping it on brief and for delivering consistent performances from the animation department

To do this role, you will need to:

  • have solid animation experience
  • have a good eye
  • possess effective communication skills
  • be a good people and project manager
  • be able to meet deadlines and to work to a budget
  • be able to work as part of the senior creative team
  • be able to interpret decisions and to communicate them to the animation crew
  • be able to help the team balance their creative desires with the requirements of the production

What does a Animation Director or Animation Supervisor do?

Animation Directors are responsible for the quality of the animation, for keeping it on brief and for delivering consistent performances by assigning, or casting, the appropriate Animators. The role of Animation Director may only exist on larger projects and is often combined with the Director role on smaller productions.

They interpret the brief from the Director and other relevant departments. They then guide, supervise and review the work produced by the Animators and Assistant Animators. They need to understand the implications of performance, style, quality, continuity, technical, scheduling and budgetary requirements.

When the animation for a production is carried out overseas, the role of Animation Director is often combined with that of the Overseas Supervisor. In principle, the role of Animation Director or Animation Supervisor is similar for all techniques of animation, although certain technical skills may vary.

They are responsible for keeping the animation on model (in style) throughout the production. They often provide the main liaison between the animation department and those who are involved in the later stages of the production process.

On longer format projects, they are usually responsible to the production department for delivering the required quota of animation, on time and on budget.

Will I need a qualification?

It will help you to have an animation or art-related degree if you want to become an Animation Director.

What’s the best route in?

This is not an entry-level job. To become an Animation Director you will usually need to be an established and experienced Animator. You will also need to demonstrate leadership, management and organisational skills.

You will normally start out in an entry-level role, such as Runner, before progressing through various animation roles. This will give you first-hand experience of most of the jobs within the department from Runner to Inbetweener and upwards

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