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Alexander Morris

New York, United States

Versatile 2D Animator, Storyteller Extraordinaire

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ibraheem hamzat

Nigeria

Master of 3D Animation Artistry

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Mostafa Ebrahim

Egypt

3d generalist with blender and unreal

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Kamran Abid

Pakistan

Minimal and Clean Logo Animation 🌟

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Gabor Kutyik

Hungary

3D Animator, VFX Pro, Film Producer

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Joshua Rodrigues

London, United Kingdom

Award-winning Motion Design Expert

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D P

United Kingdom

2D/3D Modeller & Animator | VFX pipeline A-Z

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Marta Wiejak

Mexico City, Mexico

Engaging 2D Animator & Video Editor 🎨

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Grais

London, Canada

Versatile 3D & 2D Animator 🎨✨

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Parth Kalsara

India

3D Animator & Graphic Designer extraordinaire ✨

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Nikita Limo

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Web & app animations that pop

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Lance Snider

Port Angeles, United States

Interactive Motion Developer

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Noor Hamadani

Dubai - United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Versatile Artist & Web Dev 🎨✨

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Alex Tsoi

Toronto, Canada

3D Animator & Modeler

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Nate | Headbreak

London, United Kingdom

Music driven editing, graphics & post-production

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Timothy Palmer

Portland, United States

Emmy-winning Art Director & 3D Animator

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Patrick Davidson

Costa Rica

Versatile Graphic Designer and Animator

Common projects for Animators

Creating animated explainer videos for product/service marketing.

Developing character animations for games or interactive applications.

Designing animated elements for websites or mobile apps.

Creating 3D models and animations for virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Producing animated sequences for movies, TV shows, or music videos.

Designing motion graphics for advertising campaigns or presentations.

Tips for working with and hiring Animators

Outline your animation requirements

Before you start your search for an animator, have a clear understanding of what you require animation-wise. This could be character development, storyboarding, 2D or 3D animation, etc. A well-defined project brief will enable the animator to assess if they can deliver your vision.

Review their portfolio

Spend time reviewing the animator's portfolio on Contra to ensure their style and capabilities align with your project needs. Pay attention to their creativity, animation style, and the complexity of their previous work.

Check their software proficiency

Verify the animator's proficiency in the necessary software and tools such as Adobe Animate, Toon Boom Harmony, Blender, or Cinema 4D. Their knowledge and skills with these tools are crucial for the successful execution of your project.

Maintain clear communication

Effective communication is vital for a successful project. Ensure your chosen animator is responsive and open to feedback. Regular updates on the project's progress are essential. Remember to communicate and review their work through Contra for a seamless experience.

How to hire Animators

Define your animation needs

Prior to starting the hiring process, understand what you require from an animator. This could include character development, 2D/3D animation, storyboarding, etc. A well-defined project brief will enable the animator to assess if they can deliver your vision.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your project, the skills required, the project timeline, and your budget.

Review applications

Review the applications received and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects, reviews, and response to your brief on their Contra profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Discuss your project specifics, their approach to animation, and how they handle feedback and revisions.

Make a hire

Once you've found the right animator, make a hire through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Animators

1. Can you describe a project where you had to create a complex animation under a tight deadline?

2. Can you share examples of animations you've created that are similar to the style we're seeking for our project?

3. How do you typically handle feedback and revisions during the animation process?

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Frequently asked
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A freelance Animator creates animations based on client requirements. This can range from character animation for games, explainer videos for businesses, motion graphics for advertising, to animated sequences for movies or TV shows. They use various software to create 2D or 3D animations and may also be involved in conceptualizing, storyboarding, and adding sound effects or music to the animation.

A freelance Animator creates animations based on client requirements. This can range from character animation for games, explainer videos for businesses, motion graphics for advertising, to animated sequences for movies or TV shows. They use various software to create 2D or 3D animations and may also be involved in conceptualizing, storyboarding, and adding sound effects or music to the animation.

Hiring an animator on Contra gives you access to top freelance talent without the hassle of middlemen or commissions. You can review their portfolios, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place. Plus, Contra's commission-free policy means your budget goes directly to the animator, ensuring you get the best value for your investment.

Projects that require animation skills can be diverse. This includes product explainer videos, game development, movie or TV show sequences, website or mobile app animations, VR or AR experiences, and advertising campaigns.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Animators who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of animators and invite those you are interested in to apply.

The cost of hiring an Animator on Contra can range from $25 to $150 per hour, depending on the complexity of the animation, the animator's experience and skills, and the project's duration. It's best to discuss the project scope and budget with the animator to get an accurate quote.

Freelance animators get paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. The funds for each milestone will only be released after you approve the deliverables for that milestone, or automatically within three days. Clients must pay a minimum of $250 or $25 an hour to post an opportunity on Contra.

2D animation is the traditional animation method that involves creating movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. 3D animation, or computer animation, is the process of designing animated characters and environments in three dimensions using software. Both types of animation can be used in various projects, including movies, games, marketing videos, and more.

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