Reading a few posts here reminded me of this and am suprised it wasn't posted here yet. Anyways, here's the report, a very interesting and optimistic read for any animator out there.
For new animators, go straight to page 18 !!!!!!!
Any one else cares to comment?
- I was really surprised by the majority of 5+ years seniors and wonder where the hell they hide!
- Another surprising fact was the 11% response came from India and 28% "other" (hmm curious to know from where).
- There's the usual buzz that the entertainment industry can usually weather the recession quite well. I don't know if this report was outputted with that optic, but that's something to keep in mind.
- There was mention of globalisation and that animators can make the most of that too. I guess you have to be pretty versatile, even though you're already a specialist, in order to work remotely in an autonomous fashion. Different riggings and tools must be quite a challenge when you just want to jump in to keyframing. I'm also curious how artistic direction can be carried out in such a way unless you work with an industry veteran (and even then!).
- Something thrilling is the trend of going back to traditional animation. It's great but damn I can't hold a pencil anymore, nor have the strength to spin a disc around.. Back to the gym!
- The wages were also a surprise... I didn't know there still was that kind of money since the heydays of 3D animation. That and the fact that most of the lower ladder workforce is expecting raises. Nice.
- Computer video Games & Feature Film Character Animation are siblings????? And here I thought the gaming industry was the poor child of the bunch, pinching money by hiring truckloads of juniors.
- Lack of mentoring is endemic :/
P.S.: I'm not affiliated in any way to Animation Mentor but I did participate in the survey