How to Become an Animator – Webinar Handout
Working Conditions Interview
In this interview I talked with VFX artist Christian Bohm about the state of the animation and VFX industry. Among other things, we talk about how to negotiate a fair wage for your job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKl4kaaejng
Animation Guild Wage Survey
The Animation Guild conducts yearly wage surveys (see sidebar on the right-hand side): https://animationguild.org/contracts-wages/
PDF to this years survey: https://animationguild.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Final-Tally-2017.pdf
From 30.12.2017, prices change frequently
- Public university: $4,000-$18,000 per year
- CalArts: $37,000 a year (source: http://education.costhelper.com/animation-school.html)
- Animation Mentor (online): $2,499 per course = $14,994 for all Character Animation courses (source: http://www.animationmentor.com/admissions/tuition-breakdown/)
- Affordable options in Europe!
- Between $60 – $120 per hour
- 52 x $120 = $6,240
- Books: 10 x $30 = $300
- Membership at tutorial website $300 per year
- $500 more video tutorials
= $1,100 per year
Equipment and software
- Adobe Creative Suite: $599 p.a. (incl. Flash/Animate, Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects)
- Toon Boom Harmony: $180-$876 p.a.
- Maya: $1,470 p.a.
- Drawing tablet or screen $30 – $1,700
- Lower high-end workstation: $1,200 (i7 7700K, GTX1060)