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CG INDUSTRY BASICS

Learn about the pipeline, jobs, studios and wages

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ARE YOU LOOKING TO START YOUR CAREER AS A VIDEO GAME OR FILM ARTIST?

Maybe you have a son or daughter interested in working in this exciting and expanding industry? Or are you just looking for a new start in a business that allows you to flex your artistic muscles? Well we want to help make the choice to study with CG Spectrum as easy as possible.

Below is all the information you need including:
What is the CG industry pipeline
Potential jobs
Potential wages
Comparison of indie and corporate studios
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WHAT IS THE CG INDUSTRY PIPELINE?

The industry pipeline is the step-by-step process of making a film or game. Each step is vital in the completion of a project and is filled with professionals working tirelessly to get the job done.

This is the industry pipeline of the film and video game art industry:

3D Animation

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Visual Effects

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3D Modeling

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Concept Design

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Compositing & Lighting

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POTENTIAL JOBS WITHIN THE PIPELINE

Each step in the film and video game art pipeline opens up several different Job opportunities, all requiring different skill sets and areas of expertise.

Concept Design Job Opportunities:
Concept Artist
Illustrator
Matte Painter
Storyboard Artist

3D Modeling Job Opportunities:
Character Modeler
Digital Sculptor
Environment Modeler
Texture Artist

Animation Job Opportunities:
Character Animator
Creature Animator
Motion Editor
Previs Artist

Visual FX Job Opportunities:
Visual FX Technical Director
Visual FX Animator
Lighting Artist
Game FX Artist

Compositing and Lighting Job Opportunities:
Visual FX Compositor
Lighting Artist
Matte Painter
Digital Imaging Technician

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WORKING IN FILM, GAMES & TV/COMMERCIALS?

Watching a film is not the same as playing a game or watching a commercial and neither is the work to create them. There are some minor and major differences when you work as either an Animator, VFX Artist, Modeller, or Concept Designer in each. We highlight some of the key differences for you.

Indie

Indie or Independent game studios are responisble for many successful hit games on PC or mobile platforms and console networks. Games like Hipster Whale’s Crossy Roads and Thatgamecompany’s Journey were developed independently by small teams of artists and designers. Often at times, they have to fend for themselves and gain gamer fandom without crazy big marketing budgets. Some of these titles get noticed and get published later by companies like Sony Computer Entertainment or mobile game publishers like Yodo1.

AAA Game Studio

Triple A game studios are the big companies behind massive games like Fallout, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. They usually get higher budgets to create games because they are being published by companies like EA and Activision. So the art teams are bigger and can have multi-million dollar marketing budgets to help promote the games upon completion.