Animation is a big business these days. Many of today’s top television series and major motion pictures are animated, and there’s a high demand for animation professionals. One of the best ways for both up-and-coming animators and current professionals to stay on top of news in the animation industry is through social media, so without further ado…
10 Best Twitter Accounts EVERY Animator Should Follow
New York Film Academy
Get hands-on #animation experience with the industry standard Maya software and top-notch equipment. http://t.co/LPjU8VGjqs via @YouTube
— NY Film Academy (@NYFA) January 2, 2015
New York Film Academy’s own 3D animation school has helped countless students achieve success with animation, so our Twitter stream is a good start for gleaning news about the entertainment industry in general and the animation world in particular.
From Groot to Maleficent, #VFX #Oscars hopefuls reveal CG secrets via @SueKarlin @FastCoCreate http://t.co/hb6WKCUzy1 pic.twitter.com/8yOEA0rgm2
— Autodesk (@autodesk) January 21, 2015
Autodesk makes Maya, a 3D animation software platform widely used in the animation industry and widely taught in film and animation schools. Autodesk’s Twitter stream posts everything from tips to using Maya to news in the animation world, so it truly is one of the essential Twitter accounts every animator should follow.
3D Printing Industry
Model from pics with Soothie-3D http://t.co/0XSt4scqKt via @3DPrintIndustry by @DavideSher #3dprinting pic.twitter.com/pgZsLTtH0L
— 3D Printing Industry (@3dprintindustry) January 21, 2015
Technology affects every field of the entertainment industry, especially animation. In the past decade, 3D printing has emerged as one of the fastest-growing technologies, and savvy animators will want at least a passing knowledge of news from the 3D printing world. 3D Printing Industry keeps track of such news.
How awesome would this image be as a .gif? ANIMATORS — Let’s make it happen. WATCH: http://t.co/sQq8dQc1e7 pic.twitter.com/I1PHEp3MM5
— hitRECord (@hitRECord) January 23, 2015
Founded by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HitRecord bills itself as an “open collaborative production company.” Creators of all types, including animators, can contribute material and collaborate with other creators on various projects, from books to movies. HitRecord’s Twitter stream is a good source for seeing what projects need animators.
#ParamountAnimation is hiring! Looking for an EA to support @LinoD and I. Job Description: http://t.co/fmSKuTRxSS If interested, let me know
— Alison Mann (@thealisonmann) January 20, 2015
Lino DiSalvo is a veteran animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios and was the head of animation for Frozen. His inside expertise in the animation world makes his Twitter stream one of the most useful accounts for animators to follow.
Our featured artist this week is veteran animator Doug Bennett! Doug has been an animator at the studio since… http://t.co/ybJgN95xgY
— Disney Animators (@DisneyAnimators) November 26, 2014
Although not an official Disney account, the Disney Animators’ Twitter feed collects the thoughts of animators working at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Waiting for renders. idk, he looks a little like scrawny Steve Rogers? pic.twitter.com/yM4J1EyFUg
— Jessie (@jslipchi) January 23, 2015
Jessie Slipchinsky is a freelance animator who has also worked for Disney, and her account provides a candid, slice-of-life look into the life of a working animator.
Animation Director, London: http://t.co/HTjSvsqmpv #animation #jobs
— Animation Jobs (@animationjobs) January 23, 2015
Looking for a job as an animator? Animation Jobs does what it says on the tin, keeping a running list of openings for animators. If you’re looking for paid positions or are soon to graduate, this is pretty much the best Twitter account an animator can follow.
JOB ALERT! We are still looking for the most talented and amazing people to join our fun family. Apply today! http://t.co/cXG68aNYui
— Bardel Entertainment (@bardelent) November 19, 2014
A Vancouver-based animation studio, Bardel Entertainment has worked on various projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, and the Cartoon Network, to name a few.
AWN NEWS: Matthew McConaughey to Voice Illumination’s 2016 Animated Feature http://t.co/e8ytjWfCob pic.twitter.com/nHYJNYRZZq
— Animation World (@AnimationWorld) January 21, 2015
Animation World Network is an animation news site dedicated to the animation industry. Its website is one of the best sources for up-to-date animation information, and its Twitter stream is a quick way to keep tabs on new articles.
This concludes our list of Twitter accounts every animator – professional or hobbyist – should follow, but feel free to add your own to the list via the comments below. In the mean time, be sure to check out our guide to the various types of animation jobs in the industry.