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Can you animate and game programing in the same studio? I would like to do both. When I talk about animating, I mostly mean minecraft animations but I will probably do a little more than that.

I'm 14 so I'm planning on taking master degrees in both animating and game coding and studio of coding and animating, so I need to learn alot. If I can't do it in one studio, i'll try it in two because this is my dream and I plan to not fail, but I have a plan B which is just game coding and a youtube channel. #game-coding #animating #studio

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Jill’s Answer

Hi Alex,

Both of those areas are important in gaming. There is frequently a job called Technical Artist in a game studio that is someone who uses knowledge of coding and animation to help build the tools that create the animations and get animations into the game (we call this the animation pipeline). That role is very valuable on a game team, as they work to improve the quality and efficiency of the work of many people. There are also people who write code to help develop motion capture pipelines. In many cases, motion capture replaces hand animations, but the people who make these systems understand both. There is another role known as a character rigger that creates the skeletons of characters, which is very closely tied to both animation and the technology that drives the animation system.

If you truly want to both animate and write code, it would be more likely to happen at a smaller, independent studio. On teams making large games, like Halo or Call of Duty or Minecraft, there are hundreds of people on a team and the roles get more specialized. However, I will point out, that larger game teams tend to pay more than smaller teams and have more stability. Making games is challenging and small companies go out of business all the time. But they can also be more rewarding as you usually have more input into the overall process.

Jill recommends the following next steps:

Find animation apps and try your hand at making animations.
Take game coding classes, either in person or online.
Find people on LinkedIn or YouTube who are animators or technical artists and learn from them.
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Shubhankar’s Answer

Hi,

Great thinking, As I understand Animation and gaming go hand in hand. While developing a game, animations of characters, scenarios and so on is given.

Now the first question you need to ask yourself is what you want to learn first? I don't see a problem being able to do it in one studio. As far as I know most of the game development firms have in house animators and game coders working.

From your question, I could make out that you seem to have keen interest in game development or coding. No harm in starting the learning :)

All the best !!

Shubhankar recommends the following next steps:

Try small game programs like building a tic tac toe, Youtube videos are available
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Darin’s Answer

Hi Alex, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I'm studying computer programming but also looking into some game development certifications because both go hand in hand and could be helpful when it comes to what I want to look into pursuing after graduation. What you want to do, animation and game programming, also go hand in hand. At your age it's never too early to start looking into your future. Start with looking at coding websites and watch Youtube videos. As you progress through High School start looking at schools and talk with your school counselors. Your taking the right steps. Best of luck to you Alex
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