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Akiko Yamashita

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Computer Animator

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Whether for film, television, video games, or advertising, animating these days is a whole lot more malleable and complex than a sketch artist with a flip book. Computer animators must master a variety of different programs to turn still graphics into leaping, talking, transforming shapes on the screen. As they will usually work on creative teams in the settings described above, animators need to possess meaningful communication skills as they bring ideas to life with respect to a final product. But they must also keep in mind many aesthetic factors like lighting, textures and color. Overall, animation is a growing and diversifying fields. Eye-catching animation is need everywhere: from local commercials to Pixar to the jumbotrons at sporting events.

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