Animation Supervisor

Oversee the work of a team of Animators.

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Salary Range
$34,000 – $100,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Animation Supervisors do?

From the classic animation of your favorite childhood movies to the modern special effects that make Hollywood blockbusters so thrilling, an Animation Supervisor is the creative genius behind making lines and colors on a page come to life.

A lot of work has to be done before a final product can be put onto film. The good news is that when you’re an Animation Supervisor, you have a variety of hats to wear and people to check up on, meaning you’ll never be bored. An Animation Supervisor is like a Creative Director in charge of storyboarding, creating character models, designing backgrounds, and working with Voice Actors; in other words, you have a lot on your plate. Like the Manager of a business, you know how to balance the responsibility of leading a crew with the goal of making something magical.

The team that you lead is a skilled group of animation professionals, each with a diverse technical background. They may be Inkers, Colorists, or Background Artists. In order to pull the best work from them, you have to be familiar with each of their crafts. In a sense, an Animation Supervisor is a jack-of-all-trades, dabbling in each discipline in order to be master of the animation staff.

In the end, you’re rewarded with a beautiful finished product. It may have taken long hours in the studio and a few angry meetings with the Producers, but thanks to your leadership and direction, your team always manages to pull through with a wonderful animation that will hopefully, no matter how simple or complex, put a smile on the faces of happy viewers.


Should I be an Animation Supervisor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become an Animation Supervisor

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