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Previsualisation Artist

Screenshot of previsualisation action scene in 3D software Autodesk Maya

A previsualisation (previs or pre-viz) artist uses 3D computer graphics to plan and create animated scenes to help plan what action scenes in films or computer games will look like before final production.

They may also be called previz animator, previs lead or previs modeller.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries tend to be between £26,000 and £29,000 a year. With experience salaries could rise to between £42,000 and £51,000 a year, sometimes more.

Freelance workers will have variable salaries based on how much work they get and the length of time they work on a production.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most entrants have a relevant degree (SCQF Levels 9-10) in a subject such as 3D animation, film making, computer aided design, graphic design, multimedia or film studies.

You could work as an employee or a freelancer for visual effects studios, broadcasting companies, advertising agencies or computer games companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
3802
2.9 %
RISE
2029
3914
  United Kingdom
2024
76181
3.4 %
RISE
2029
78753

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The previsualisation process stage is vital for live motion and animated productions, and are usually done months, or even years, before a production is released. Creating the whole production in 3D can highlight potential problems to storyline or acting, and can save productions a lot of time and money. It’s quicker to establish various camera angles on computer before they’re shot, and many scenes can be put together to see which best works in a sequence. To find out more visit What is Previs — The Art and Process of Previsualization in Film (studiobinder.com)

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
E-mail: infoscotland@bafta.org
Website: http://www.bafta.org/initiatives/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme
Twitter: @BAFTA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bafta

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

ScreenSkills
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.screenskills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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