How To Start An Animation Studio

How To Start An Animation Studio

How To Start An Animation Studio

Animation studios are a great way to get into the animation industry. They provide jobs to the artists and help them develop their skills. The important steps for starting an animation company are:

  • First of all, we have to decide what the studio will do and what kind of animation it will focus on, whether you want to be a company that does both 2D and 3D animation, or if you want to specialize in one. 
  • Then all you need is a space where you can work and hire new employees. 
  • Finally, You also need to think about what types of projects you want to take on. There are many different types of animation studios that specialize in different things – from children’s animated videos to 3D animations for feature films. 

How Much Money Is Needed To Start An Animation Studio?

Getting started as an animation company is not at all easy, you will need lots of funds. However actual cost can vary depending upon your location, the size of teams, and the types of projects you want to work on. But you will need at least 1,00,000 dollars as an initial investment which can go up and down. In a place like California, San Fransisco will cost you a lot but in a place like India, your costs can go down. 

Setting up animation studios requires a lot of industry knowledge patience, a solid marketing team, and skillful people who are masters in their respective fields. Also, you need to make a list of your expenses, the salary of employees, high-end workstations, software, and tools depending on the needs of your project.

You can start small by working as a freelancer from your home and later on you can expand slowly by hiring new team members. You can expand once you will start getting good projects and build a reputation among companies, you can build it into a bigger company later on. At a very small scale, some studios also survive with a lot less resources. The thing is you can still survive, even if you do not have a big budget, all you need is a few computers, a few talented people, and one small project.

Starting An Animation Studio

How To Start Collaborating With An Animation Studio?

Starting a collaboration with an animation studio is a great way to grow your business. Collaborating with a top animation studio can be beneficial for both groups. For example, if you are a US company that wants to outsource its animation work to a small company or a country like India, then you will benefit from it by getting quality animation output completed in less time and at a lower cost than hiring an artist from your own country. But working in collaboration with an animation company is a confusing task because every project is different and it involves a lot of effort to understand the demands of the project.

However, it can be difficult to find the right studio for you. Because the animation industry is a complex industry. There are many different types of animation studios in the world, so it might be hard to decide which one suits your needs best because of the budget, time duration, and complexity of the project. Some studios may specialize in a particular type of animation like 2d/ flash animation, or rotoscoping, while others may offer a wide range of services from 3D modeling to animation, rigging, and stop-motion films.

Famous movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was released in 2017 and the sets were created and filmed entirely in Australia while most of the indoor scenes were filmed at the Village Roadshow Studios (Oxenford), on the outskirts of Gold Coast.  

The next step would be to contact the studio you have chosen and get in touch with them with a strong demo reel showcasing your best work. They can also offer to create a mini demo for their own project free of cost which can also give them an idea about what they can expect from you if they join hands with you. To join hands with a good company. You need to have a strong portfolio and a clear understanding of some basic points. These are:-

Understanding The Business Of Production.

Working with top animation guys is everyone one’s dream. However, Having a degree in animation and industry working experience can help in understanding this competitive industry very well. Also, strong connections are definitely going to help in success. 

Understanding the latest technology and producing great animation services requires great business thinkers. Hiring the right people can help you grow your animation production company as a profitable venture.

Knowing Your Strengths And Goals.

Having a team of animators, business development executives, consultants, and senior directors, their previous industry and work experience will give an edge in delivering the final output. Animation is a very big industry. If you have a good 2d setup and team, then you can deliver 2d projects with quality output. 

Building A Skilled Team.

If you get stuck while working and have no one to help you, you will feel like you need to get in touch with someone. Similarly, working as an animator is not at all an easy task but having a skilled team of lead animators, lead artists can handle complex tasks with ease. Your website also should have a clear page mentioning what type of job openings you have so that you can find the right candidates which can apply online and find work opportunities within your budget. 

Shortlisting them after checking their portfolio and work examples can help you understand what kind of service they can offer to you. Those looking to start their career can start working under your team.

Having A Physical Presence.

A great name along with a physical address is what brings trust and interest in eyes of clients. Also choosing an excellent name sets the right opportunity in eyes of relevant big names. A good location communicates well with your potential partners and can help you succeed faster.

Successful Industry Connections.

Having solid industry connections can create a massive impact on the growth and profit of the business. Their knowledge and strategies can benefit an organization and create a strong name in this digital age. A lot of products get launched at many events and the right people know how to make profits from the right investments.

For example, an interview from Animation UK Executive Chair Kate O’Connor mentioning about the growth of UK animation industry. This relates very well with the fact that this sector has a very good potential and a lot of good opportunities exist here.

Having Financial Backup.

Markets in showbiz can go up and down and in tough situations as happened in 2020 when Covid entered our world. So a healthy cash flow and financial backup are a must so that the entire production team can take the right decisions and due to lack of cash or funds, they can afford to pay their workers on time.  

Delivering Quality Output.

A team of senior and junior digital artists plays an important role in delivering the project within deadlines. Advice from a great team will surely help each other grow fast. 

Rinse And Repeat.

Once you get solid recognition among top corporations. A system is needed after that which will follow the rinse and repeat of your entire process. From having a new project till the final delivery of the project. Your executives will plan, bring and manage the entire pipeline, your team will work on those projects and they will be delivered to your clients. With time and after reputation is increased in the market more challenging and bigger projects can be grabbed which will bring even more rewards and opportunities to become award-winning production can be increased.

How To Get Into An Animation Studio?

How To Get Into An Animation Studio

Animators are artists who are responsible for the job of an animator in form of drawings, and 2d and 3d models which are part of films, tv commercials, and computer games. There is a huge competition for the job of an animator. To get a job in a good studio, all you need is a good solid demo reel. A reference letter may help but your ability to understand motion, storytelling, and body dynamics is very very important. Acting skills are something which is a very vital skill. And an award-winning studio prefers offering jobs to animators who are good at this.

Final Thoughts:

So. this was the article on people who are planning to enter the animation industry. Investing your time and money in the right resources and hiring will surely bring fruitful results. We hope this article was able to clear your all doubts. Please do not forget to share this article and help us get more reach.

I am a former Animator and Graphic Designer who has worked on many International and Domestic projects and Tv series and E-learning projects. I created Animation Alerts so that people who are struggling to learn animation can learn this craft and grow together.