2D Animation Studios

How To Hire And Collaborate With 2D Animation Studios

Are you looking for 2D animation studios you can hire to create a custom animated video?

Video Igniter’s guide to 2D animation studios has answers to all of your questions including:

  • How much do 2D animation studios charge to create videos?
  • How long does it take to create a 2D animation?
  • How to find and hire a 2D animation studio?
  • How to work with a 2D animation studio to create your video?
  • Tips to help you save $1,000 or more off the cost of your 2D animation!

All that and more, but first, let’s take a look at examples of 2D animations that Video Igniter’s animation studio can create for you:

Examples of 2D Animations Video Igniter’s Studio Can Create For You

Video Igniter can make any kind of 2D (or 3D animation) for you. Check out our animation portfolio or request access to our demo reels and price sheet to see more examples.

Contact us or schedule a call to start making your video.

Are you looking for a different type of animation example? Send us a message to let us know what kind of production example you want to see and we will follow up with some relevant production samples.


How Much Do 2D Animation Studios Charge To Create Videos?

2D Animation Studios Cost To Create Videos

Most 2D animation studios charge between $1,500-$25,000 for every 60 seconds of custom footage they create. If you shop around, you should be able to find a 2D animation studio that charges under $10,000 to create your 2D animation.

Get a quote for your 2D animation.

How Long Does It Take To Create A 2D Animation?

How Long To Create A 2D Animation

Most 2D animation projects can be created in 4-8 weeks. If your 2D animation is longer than 2 minutes or uses the cel animation technique to create the video, it will take more time to create your animation.

If you need to speed up production for a deadline, we offer rush delivery animation.

Want to figure out how long it will take to create your 2D animation? Send us a message.

How To Find and Hire 2D Animation Studios?

How To Find and Hire 2D Animation Studios

This topic is so big it could be it’s own article… which is why we wrote one called “How To Hire An Animator.”

In the article, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find animators for your project.
  • How to evaluate animators for your project.
  • How to hire an animation studio, freelancer or Video Igniter Animation.
  • Tips to negotiate a lower production budget

All that and a whole lot more! Explore the article if you’re ready to hire an animator.

How to Work With 2D Animation Studios

2D Animation Studios How to Work With 2D Animation Studios

Now, let’s do a quick overview of the production process so that you know what to expect after you hire a 2D animation studio.

1). Get A Quote

2D Animation Studios Get A Quote

To get things started, reach out to each of the 2D animation studios you’re interested in hiring and request a quote for your project. Be sure to include information like:

✅ What your video is going to be used for.

✅ What visual style do you want to use?

✅ Who is responsible for the script & storyboard?

✅ How soon do you need the final draft?

✅ How long will your animation be?

After you review the quotes and select one of the 2D animation studios you want to hire, let them know you’re ready to begin production. They will send a production contract for you to sign and an invoice for the first 50% of your production budget.

2). Script

2D Animation Studios Script

Our team will spend time learning about the target audience for your video and ask you about which key messages you want to feature in your animation. Then, we’ll create the first draft of your script.

You will receive a downloadable copy of your script to review with your team. Collect everyone’s feedback and share it with us. Our studio will update the script for your animation and share a revised copy for you to review and approve.

3). Storyboard

Next, we turn your script into a storyboard. The storyboard acts like a blueprint so our studio understands what to create when we make your 2D animation. Each page includes a sketch or mockup of the scene, a list of animation instructions and a sentence from your script.

2D Animation Studios Storyboard Diagram

Download our storyboard template to create your own storyboard and reduce your production budget.

You will receive a downloadable copy of the storyboard to review with your team. While you review the storyboard, please help us by ensuring the storyboard documents all of the details our studio will need to have in order to accurately create your 2D animation.

4). Concept Art

2D Animation Studios Concept Art

After the storyboard is approved, our art director will review your brand guidelines and style references. Then, they’ll create multiple pieces of visual concept art for your 2D animation.

Let us know which concept you prefer. You also have the opportunity to collaborate with our art director to revise your favorite concept until it’s perfect!

5). VoiceOver


You will receive several voiceover auditions to listen to. Let us know which voice talent is your favorite and we’ll hire them to record the narration for your animation. You get an opportunity to listen to the full recording and request revisions before approving the audio for production.

6). Illustrations

2D Animation Studios Illustrations

After your concept art is approved, our studio’s illustration team will use it to create all of the custom illustrations for your animation. You get an opportunity to review all of the art and request edits before approving the art for production.

7). Music


Music is a great way to set the tone and enhance key moments in your animation. Our team will select several soundtracks that will fit great in your animation. You get to listen to them and let us know which one is best. After you select your favorite, we’ll take care of acquiring the broadcast license so that we can legally use the music in your 2D animation.

8). Animation

2D Animation Studios Video

Now that everything is approved, our studio can animate your video! The animation phase of production takes a little over 1 week for each minute of animation that is being created. As soon as the first draft is ready, you will receive a link to download your animation.

Give the first draft a detailed review with your team and members of your target audience. Collect everyone’s feedback and send it our way. Our 2D studio will integrate your edits and render out the final draft of your 2D animation.

2D Animation Studio Budget Saving Tips!

2D Animation Studios Budget Saving Tips

Looking for ways to save money on your production budget? Combine these tips to save $1,000 or more off the cost of hiring a 2D animation studio.

1). Start Production ASAP

Most animations take at least 4-8 weeks to create. We can make your animation quicker, but rush delivery can increase your production budget by 25%-50% or more. We recommend starting production as soon as possible so that you don’t have to pay extra rush delivery production costs.

2). Record The VoiceOver

Each voiceover used in your animation costs between $50-$500 to record. You can skip this production cost by recording your own voiceover at home for free. Just watch 1:31 in this video to learn how! No need to buy any expensive equipment or software.

3). Write The Script

Most 2D animation studios charge at least $500 to create a 60 second script. If you’re interested in writing the script yourself, you can skip this production cost! Download Video Igniter’s free script writing template to get started. Our studio will happily review your script and provide feedback before we turn your script into a 2D animation.

2D Animation Studios Script Writing Template

4). Find Free, Royalty-Free Music

A commercial stock music license can cost upwards of $400. Writing a custom song costs several thousands of dollars. And licensing a popular song… that’ll run you at least $10,000. If you want to get around paying for a broadcast license to use music in your animation, you can source royalty free music from sites like Incompetech and Facebook’s Sound Collection.

5). Create The Storyboard

2D animation studios are happy to help you create the storyboard for your animation. However, if you want to create it yourself, you can save an additional $500 for every minute of animation we create for you. Download our free storyboard template and review the included storyboard creation guide for quick tips to help you get started. Our team will happily review your storyboard and provide feedback before we use it to create your animation.

Still have questions about 2D Animation Studios?

Do you have a question about 2d animation studios that wasn’t addressed in this FAQ? Use this form to send us your question and we’ll follow up with an answer. We’ll also post the question and answer to this page so other people can benefit from the knowledge.

Still have questions?

What is Video Igniter Animation?

Video Igniter Animation is an online animated video production service. By working with our team online, you can get your custom animated video produced faster and for less than hiring a brick and mortar animation studio.

We can help you create any kind of 2D animated video or 3D animation you can imagine. Check out our animated video portfolio!

Need help syndicating your animated video? Ask us about video promotion!

Watch our explainer video on our home page to learn more about how we can help you create an animated video. For examples of the kinds of animation our team can produce, check out the demo reel below:


Looking For An Animated Video Company In The U.S.?

Video Igniter is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

2D Animation Success Stories & Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it – these testimonials highlight Video Igniter’s reliability, creativity, flexibility and ability to deliver animations that exceed expectations. When you choose Video Igniter Animation, you can rest assured that you are working with a trusted and reputable studio.

“Video Igniter were very easy to work with and the entire process for creating and suggesting edits was seamless and stress-free. I would work with them again and would recommend to others looking to create a modern and stylish explainer video.”

Clair Simpson – VP Marketing, Repool.com

“I run a video production company and outsource animation. The team at Video Igniter did a great job in taking the concept I very crudely drew out and making it into a beautiful animation. The review process was easy and their turnaround time was very quick. I’d def recommend them if you’re looking for an animation project.”

Pat Henderson – Founder, Path8 Productions

“Video Igniter offered us the critical combination of creative value, clear communication, and patience with stakeholder feedback. We ended up with truly high-quality design assets for our video series largely due to the extra level of commitment — and the right balance of efficiencies with flexibility in the process when called for.”

Larry Schlessinger – Sr. Creative Program Manager, Amazon Web Services

“Video Igniter came to us with a number of creative and engaging ideas and were able to create an exciting, impactful video in a short period of time. And the best part was that it cost much less than other options of similar quality. The video they made is a great marketing tool for us.”

Alex Raymond – Founder, Kapta Systems


Success Stories & Testimonials

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