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The SChool is unique in as much as it teaches academic drawing alongside animation techniques. The diploma will certify that our students have been trained by Sylvain Chomet, an industry icon regarding the artistic and technical quality of an animated film. This high level of endorsement and qualification will allow our students to compete easily when looking for work in animation professions.

DIRECTOR

The director supervises, coordinates and directs the making of an animated film. He/she has artistic, technical and economic responsibility and defines the artistic orientation of the film. The director is the ‘orchestral conductor’ throughout the making of the film.

As a creative, he/she chooses the artistic direction and influences it with their unique stylistic input – the scenery, the sound etc. As a screenwriter, he/she constructs the scenario, the cutting of the sequences and the scenes. The director must also manage people – choosing and coordinating successive teams, each with their specific skills, throughout the construction of the film. He/she is also charged to work with the production by monitoring output and meeting deadlines and investments.

The director works in a team and is the ‘orchestral conductor’ of the film’s production.
Variable. Contracts correspond to the duration of the making of the film.
  • Often ”intermittent du spectacle” (Artist Intermittently Employed in the Entertainment Industry) – Status applicable in France only.
  • Employee or Freelance
NB : for contracts abroad, the common language is English.
  • Creative and inventive, knowing how to keep things fresh
  • Great artistic qualities, originality and their own style
  • Excellent draftsman
  • Manager, mentor, works in a team
  • He/she is versatile and knows all the trades involved in making an animated film
  • Salary: ‘Intermittent du spectacle’: variable (France)
  • Salary: variable copyright depending on distribution and reputation.
  • Employee: has the highest pay of the team
 
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STORYBOARD ARTIST

Storyboard artists participate in pre-production. They draw sketches that represent a rough outline and progression of the film’s scenario. As such they construct the shots and sequences that will be used for the animation. Their work incorporates a multitude of cinematographic information necessary for the director: framing, atmosphere, sets, the position of the characters, the movement of the camera, special effects, sound etc.

All of the film employees will reply upon their work, which is a blueprint of the sequences of the film.

Storyboard artists work in a team and are at the heart of an animation studio. They work with the scriptwriter and the layout artist under the direction of the director.
Variables
  • ”Intermittent du spectacle” (Artist Intermittently Employed in the Entertainment Industry) – Status applicable in France only
  • Employee
  • Freelance
NB : for contracts abroad, the common language is English.
  • Creative
  • Excellent draftsman, quick execution of drawings
  • Perfectly masters cinematographic knowledge and language
  • Knows how to work in a team
  • Very variable depending on status: independent, intermittent, employee
  • Can be paid by the page and / or the image
 
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CHARACTER DESIGN

Character designers imagine and create characters, including physical aspects, clothing styles and complete personalities. They are responsible for designing characters that will be reproduced and set in motion by the animators. Their skills can also be used to create video games as well as live-action films that require the creation of atypical characters, such as horror or science fiction films.

Character designers work in a team and at the heart of an animation studio. They work with the scriptwriter and the storyboard artist under the direction of the director.

Variable

  • ”Intermittent du spectacle” (Artist Intermittently Employed in the Entertainment Industry) – Status applicable in France only
  • Employee
  • Freelance
NB : for contracts abroad, the common language is English.
  • They must be creative, inventive and know how to constantly renew themselves
  • They must be excellent draftsmen and master:
    • Facial expression
    • Human or animal anatomy
    • The movement of a character or an animal
    • Perspective
  • Perfectly master IT tools
  • Know how to work in a team
Very variable, depending on status: independent, intermittent, employee
 
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LAYOUT ARTIST

Layout is the construction of scenes, a step that comes directly after the storyboard. Layout artists separate the storyboard shots into individual parts: the sets, the characters, props etc. They outline the entire composition of an image: fixed elements, the position of the characters, dialogues, actions, framing and camera movements.

Layout artists develop the work of the storyboard artist to incorporate all the scenery and animation into a coherent shot. Their work is determined before the production or creation of the animated image or even the cinematographic design.

Layout artists work on animation film productions or in animation in general. They can be specialized in just background or characters.

Variable

  • Often ”intermittent du spectacle” (Artist Intermittently Employed in the Entertainment Industry) – Status applicable in France only.
  • Employee
  • Freelance
  • They must be rigorous, precise and respect the work of the storyboard artist and the director
  • Have an excellent knowledge of the process of animation
  • They must be excellent draftsmen and master:
    • Characters
    • Composition of an image
    • Perspective
    • Colours
  • They know how to work in a team
Very variable, depending on status: independent, intermittent, employee
 
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ANIMATOR

Animators are creative specialists of movement. ‘Actors’ if you like. They work from key poses of the characters as defined in the storyboard and layout. With their mastery of drawing, animators animate characters: body language, facial expressions, perspective etc. Animators must master animation techniques and transpose them into a multitude of graphic styles.

The animator works in a team at the heart of an animation studio. They work with the scriptwriter and the storyboard artist under the direction of the director.
1 to 2 years
  • ”intermittent du spectacle” (Artist Intermittently Employed in the Entertainment Industry) – Status applicable in France only
  • Employee
  • Freelance
  • A great artistic sense
  • They must be excellent draftsmen and master:
    • Facial expressions
    • Human or animal anatomy
    • Movement of a character or an animal
    • Perspective
  • Perfect mastery of IT tools
  • They must be patient and perfectionist and have a real sense of detail
Monthly gross salary of 2500 to 4000 €
 
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