Roles within a Production Team

Week 13 Blog 7

Working on this project solo meant I had to produce every aspect of the animation from pre-production brain storming to painting the backgrounds and everything in between. I think this has its advantages and disadvantages, a main advantage is your in total control of the work you do (goals, style, time frame, scope, ideas) but on the flip side your also the sole person responsible for the projects success or failure, working alone might mean that you have nobody to collaborate with making ideas better than if one person came up with the ideas by them self but in the context of this tri it wasn’t an issue as the class room/studio environment made sure we had people to give feedback and help with ideas brainstorming. The disadvantages of working solo are more along the lines of scope and time frame, your limited by what your able to produce yourself in the time frame available whereas in a group you can have a more ambitious project splitting the workload among a few people for a more impressive result, flip side to this also is the success or failure is shared along with the ideas and goals for the project so most of the time you will be doing a project you have agreed to in collaboration with the rest of the team, this can be good or bad depending on your outlook and your team.

My solo pipeline/workflow was:

Preproduction (brainstorm, research, treatment, mood boards, concept art, asset lists, colour charts, storyboard, animatic)

Production (key Poses, backgrounds roughed, tweening, character colour, background polish)

Postproduction (compositing, sound effects, colour correct, lighting)

I found a video from cartoon network explaining their animation process/pipeline for their tv show “We Bare Bears”, a handy insight into a production studio’s professional process.

(“We Bare Bears | Sketch to Screen — The Animation Process | Cartoon Network”, 2017)

This tri was a lot different from last tri in relation to working solo or in a group, last tri being group lead for my group I found it more motivating than anything else and look back on it as a good experience and glad I had been put in that position. It’s curious to me having the two tri’s to look back on and learn from because they were very different to what I would have imagined when I was going into them. I thought working solo I’d be able to push through work at my own pace which is usually pretty efficient and had the idea a team would be something stopping that, I found the opposite was true. Having a team that relied on me for direction and organisation made me want to do my best more than I did when working for myself because it was easy to let myself down but harder to let others down. I wonder if i’d have the same experience if I was working in a team but not the teams leader.

A youtuber named Howard Wimshurst talks about professional animation processes as well as tutorial type videos I find helpful and informative, keeping in mind I wouldn’t call him an industry pro, he’s still got an impressive knowledge base and credibility through his body of work and website. Below are two videos of his I find a good source of information on pipeline and roles within a production company.

(“Choosing the Best Career in an Animation Studio”, 2017)
(“Creativity And Diversity — How To Stand Out As An Animator”, 2017)

I’m excited for next trimesters studio unit and how we will find working together on a project, I think we’re all familiar with each other and have a good knowledge of our strengths and weaknesses so I imagine that can only be a benefit. I imagine we will need to allocate a group leader and in the back of my mind I’m hoping I get the opportunity to, only because my best trimester so far has been one where I was in that role, so if that’s the dynamic/roles I thrive in I want to recreate that next trimester to get the most out of it.


Animation Production Pipeline. (2017). Retrieved 5 May 2017, from

Choosing the Best Career in an Animation Studio. (2017). YouTube. Retrieved 5 May 2017, from

Creativity And Diversity — How To Stand Out As An Animator. (2017). YouTube. Retrieved 5 May 2017, from

We Bare Bears | Sketch to Screen — The Animation Process | Cartoon Network. (2017). YouTube. Retrieved 5 May 2017, from