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Producer (VFX)

Industries:
VFX
Personality type:
Organiser
Departments:
3D computer animation

The Lowdown

  • Keeping the project running efficiently, on-time and to a high standard
  • Ensuring the project stays within budget

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • Be incredibly well organised
  • Have great leadership abilities
  • Have a long history in VFX
  • Be able to spot problems before they happen
  • Budget an entire project accurately and make sure it’s kept within that budget
  • Schedule and timetable, using various project management tools and techniques
  • Be confident in your knowledge and abilities

What does a Producer do?

As the VFX industry continues to grow, the role of the Producer is becoming more and more necessary to a working studio. A good Producer effectively manages the project, making sure everyone is working to a deadline and is working correctly, while also making sure the project is staying within budget and project is profitable.

Some of the more specific details of the job may vary from studio-to-studio – some Producers will end up meeting a lot more with clients than others, for example – but the basics of making sure the project is running on time and within budget is the same.

They can sometimes be referred to as “VFX Producers” or “Animation Producers”.

Will I need a qualification?

As this is a senior position, it’s heavily recommended that you have a degree in computer animation or similar.

If you are considering taking an animation or art and design/graphics course in higher education, the following courses have been rigorously assessed by the industry and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of education they provide and the degree to which they prepare you for a creative career:

Courses awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

What’s the best route in?

Producers are usually hired based on previous experience. It’s a role for people who know a great deal about the process as a whole, as they are required to make decisions for every process of production.

The route to becoming an Producer will usually start as an animator, modeller or other technical artist. By showing hard-work, dedication, knowledge, and a flair for leadership and organisation, becoming a Producer wouldn’t be too much of a challenge down the road.

Interested? Find out more…

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Websites

 

  • Art of VFX hosts news and interviews from within the VFX Industry
  • Conrad Olson has a list of VFX Companies currently operated in the UK.
  • FX Guide posts news and guides on VFX industry

Publications

  • Cinefex publishes illustrations, interviews and news
  • Stash Media Worx delivers the latest animation, VFX and graphics projects every month on DVD