is an artist
who creates multiple images, known as frames, which give an illusion of movement called animation
when displayed in rapid sequence. Animators can work in a variety of fields including film
, television, and video games
. Animation is closely related to filmmaking
and like filmmaking is extremely labor-intensive, which means that most significant works require the collaboration of several animators. The methods of creating the images or frames for an animation piece depend on the animators' artistic styles and their field.
Other artists who contribute to animated cartoons
, but who are not animators, include layout
artists (who design the backgrounds, lighting, and camera angles), storyboard
artists (who draw panels of the action from the script), and background artists
(who paint the "scenery"). Animated films share some film crew
positions with regular live action
films, such as director, producer, sound engineer, and editor, but differ radically in that for most of the history of animation, they did not need most of the crew positions seen on a physical set. Read more...