How To Become a Game Animator

Do you want a job making animation for video games? Here’s a step-by-step guide to pursuing a game animation career!
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Written and produced by Daniel Floyd

Special thanks to:
-Carrie Floyd
-Mike Jungbluth
-Simon Unger
-Lana Bachynski
-Dan Lowe
-Eric Luhta
-Gwen Frey
-Jonathan Cooper
-Michael Azzi
-David Gibson
-LeeLee Scaldaferri
-Kristjan Zadziuk
-Jason Shum
-Joanne Bath

♪ “The Skeleton that is Sans” by Faseeh Udeen

♪ “Ocarina of Time” by Mikel & GameChops

♪ “Mipha’s Touch Remix” by Bknapp

♪ “Oath to Order” by Mikel & GameChops

♪ “Hateno Village” by Mikel & GameChops

♪ “Observation Post Remix” by Bknapp

♪ “Zora’s Domain Remix” by Bknapp

♪ “The Master Sword Remix” by Bknapp

♪ “Song of Storms” by Mikel & GameChops

♪ “Game Over” by Bknapp

♪ “8-Ball” by Dj CUTMAN

♪ “Forest Interlude” by Bknapp

♪ “The 10,000 Year Old Legend Remix” by Bknapp

♪ “Final Destination” by Bknapp

♪ “Secret of the Forest” by Bknapp

♪ “Phantom of the Rose” by Bknapp

♪ “A lot of Things” by Pokérus Project

♪ “Dating Start!” by AZODi


This episode features samples of animation work by:
-Jesse Davis
-Mariel Cartwright (Kinuko)
-David Gibson
-Andrew Wilson
-Dennis Pena
-Gwen Frey
-Raul Ibarra
-Nicolas Leger
-Alexander (Sasha) Hush
-Cole O’Brien
-Tina Nawrocki
-Ray Crook
-James Benson
-Richard Lico
-Joe Han
-Stephen Eusibio
-Christoffer Andersen
-Saul Latorre
-Monica Ramirez
-Peter Hecker
-Nick Kondo
-Martina Speciale
-Iza Springintveld
-Michael Azzi
-Lu Nascimento
-Jay Baylis
-Adam Riches
-Pedro Medeiros
-David Vince
-Richard Oud
-Adam Turnbull
-Travis Howe
-Jack Ebensteiner
-Jason Shum
-Ivan Otdelnov
-Daniel Floyd
-Yu Ho Joong
-Scott Dickey
-Kevin Rucker
-Eric Luhta
-Jitaik Lim
-Ilya Mozzhukhin
-Ayoub Moulakhnif
-Kseniia Kutsenko
-Eleonora Bertolucci
-Chris Goodall
-Federico Abib
-Omair Fuertes Martín
-Elena Nájar
-Milt Kahl
-Jonathan Cooper
-Naceri Lu
-Glen Keane


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  • I am really running in circles here
    From one side I want to pentester, and that mean understand code more then writing it
    But in other hand I want to be game developer, because I kinda sick of all games
    Also I want to be app developer
    This circle very Bother me
    I for some reason I can't choose between them

  • Thank you!!!

  • MarkMark

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    I'm glad you used no Zelda music in th background. I really hate this music. But I enjoyed this other tipe of music.


  • Thumb up i didn't even knew that book and a i leave that Sub here…take care of it.

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  • "animate the best dang bouncing ball anyone has seen"
    Doing that.

  • I love the all advise it makes keep forward

  • How? It's simple dude!
    The onlu and only answer is practes and use other peoples experience! Done

  • This book looks soooooo usefull

  • what? an actual helpful video ?.. you don't see this that often.. thank you!

  • I have way too many questions for getting into 3D animation, like what level should I rely on software. I guess I should learn how to bounce a ball by hand before using a physics engine to speed up the animation.
    Also whats the difference between a CGI film studio & a game company, you said you got hired at Pixar Canada for your first job, can you go into more detail?
    I think you need a part 2 to this video.

  • If i do get good at animation for games
    can we be friends?

  • This advice was really interesting! I know I don't want to be a professional animator, but I've been trying to figure out how to do it as a hobby (mostly bc I LOVE historical clothes, and I wanna stylise and animate them in motion someday, like moving portraits), so it was helpful to know how people get their start.

  • I used to draw a lot when I was younger but stopped and this is making me want to get into animation. But I’m 31 now, it feels too late. :

  • And Blender is free, so go with that one in the long term if you're broke, like me.

  • I made my own (currenrlty rough and not polished) animations for my fighting game.
    The goal is to make these look powerful !

  • Hi, Im 13 and im really into Game Design and Animation, it is my DREAM to work with videogames, i have been looking into a tun of stuff over this year, and i want to know where u think the best start for someone my age would be?

  • The mountain metaphor at the end made me sad. But I know it’s worth it. It really is an enjoyable process.

  • Excellent video! I only wish this was available back when I was looking for guidance on how to become a 3D character animator for video games.

  • I know that Animation mentor had a Pixar animator, who has a YouTube channel named Sir Wade Neistadt

  • I would also recommend illusion of life

  • just ordered the animators survival kit! im so excited 😀

  • DevilDevil

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    I am just Starting please can you share your email or something with which i can contact you , really need some guidance on some topics. please sir.

  • DevilDevil

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    thankyou very much sir. I really appreciate the effort you made. There is too less knowledge about this stuff a proper guidance is very necessary nd u did it all. last night i was just thinking about it but just dont know where to start my journey and thus i came across ur channel. It really helped me alot. I am bit nervous about choosing this field cos there's no grantee that i would be there or not. I am just Starting please can you share your email or something with which i can contact you , really need some guidance on some topics. please sir.

  • Your last name is Floyd? I like that name.

  • I've wanted to b an animator for a long time, I'd assume that game animators get paid more and are in higher demand. So that's how I found this!!!

    And yeee I have completed a few steps! I like 2D and I have gotten so good for the 2-3 years I have been pushing myself, the more I animate the faster improve!

    And this video was so helpful!!! Especially right now where I have to pick the right HSC stuff and find the correct courses at University for my future!! I don't know what I wanna be, but i rlly enjoy animation Soo this video!! Was so!!!! Helpful!!! Yeeeee

    My best animations yet will be on my yt, so if you want to see what stage I'm at there's that 🙂

  • Step two: "Become good at it"

    no joke though good video and good advice. A few months back I started making a game completely alone. Since then Ive become pretty good at literally all of these skills, I sorta had too in order to have a chance to make this game a reality. Animating was certainly one of the harder parts.

  • I know a bit for making animation, but I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PUT THAT TO BECOME ACTUAL GAME!!! help..

  • hi watching from Singapore. nice content

  • what's the game or character at 21:51 ????

  • I searched this video up because I wanted to make a 3D cinematic animation for a call of duty film. Any tips??

  • I watched this just cause and I what to animate for movies and tv shows and this helped a lot

  • can I animate pixel and 2D digital?

  • Do most animators create the assets they animate themselves? Where do they find assets to work with animating?

  • Thank u men

  • I only have phone😓

  • whats the game at 5:29 ? thanks

  • isn't this Dan from Extra Credits?????

  • I’ve sent this to so many friends who want to be animators. I don’t even plan to animate, rather write for it but this video is soooo informative and simple. I love it

  • does a 3d animator need to know, how to model?

  • 13:15 there is odd1sout , jaiden domics and many more YouTube animators

  • 13:15 there is odd1sout , jaiden domics and many more YouTube animators

  • this is super intimidating but I'm motivated to make this my career

  • How many hours would it take for someone working in the industry to make an animation like inspecting a piece of gear? Let´s asume he is rather young with not that much of work experience? I am an HR officer and would like to get some insight. I know this is highly depending on many other factors but a rough estimation would be a nice piece of info.

  • Bonus Tip #1: There are many more animation/artist jobs than just games and movies. Consider using those as stepping stones or as a way to make money until you land your dream job. I’m currently a 3D artist for a medical marketing company. It’s not video games and I have no medical background but it’s a great company and I’m learning a ton of skills every day from a wide variety of disciplines that I can apply to a future video game job.

    Bonus Tip #2: Learn all you can outside of animation. The best creativity comes when you have more knowledge to draw from. Pun intended. You never know when something from history, science, cooking etc. might inspire a game idea. Consider getting a full bachelor’s degree instead of just an animation school. I went to a cheap university that had an ok animation program but I also took generals. I really value the additional knowledge I received.

    Bonus Tip #3: Don’t place so much emphasis on your program. Just as tools don’t make you a great artist, ultimately it’s you and not the art program that will make you great. Art programs are great for giving you a spring board of knowledge but if you’re not taking the initiative and teaching yourself as well you’re gonna have a harder time excelling. Without exaggeration I would say over half of what I knew by the time I graduated I learned on my own. My professor’s tried to give me a simple concept to learn a skill but I was never satisfied with the assignment so I googled how to create the rig I needed in order to create the animation I envisioned which was way above the criteria for the assignment. I didn’t always finished because I was too ambitious but I learned more than I would if I just did the minimum. In the end it’s not about grades. It’s about your demo reel.

    Bonus Tip #4: Google, google, google. You can’t keep up with a rapidly changing industry and you will frequently encounter things you don’t know how to do. While I do ask my fellow artist’s for suggestions, I google stuff every single day at work because I’ve either forgotten or don’t know how to do something. Of my classmates that dropped out of the program, they all had one thing in common. They didn’t know how to teach themselves.

  • is there a video like this but for illustration?

  • …and now I see how I don't know anything! 😀

  • I dont want a job in the Industry as my dream is to make comic books for the rest of my life, though I do want to learn this stuff for a side project I'm making in dreams on the ps4, just as something different to do to expand my artistic horizons

  • first step is always making a donut

  • What is this app