Admittedly dominated by the Americans, animation film is nevertheless well positioned in France and French animation designers are sought around the world for what is known as the “French touch”. Like any cinematographic production, animation involves a lot of professions. Still directors are responsible for the artistic, technical and economic aspects of a film. They are in charge of directing the film and supervising the production process. They are the ones who define and choose which artistic direction the film will take, intervening at all levels from film preparation to shooting and postproduction.
Head animators are in charge of animation direction and the animation team. Alongside the director, and with input from the story-boarder or lay-out-man, they manage the follow-up of the animation work. Their role is to define the atmosphere, style and pace of the action, the characters’ acting, etc.
A computer graphic artist, or “CG artist”, is a multi-talented artist who works on almost everything dealing with 3D; a character designer is the person who designs characters; and a lighter is the person in charge of a game’s lighting.
All of these professions are complementary, interdependant and require a global vision of the job.