Hiring a 2D animator, studio or animation production company to make a custom animated video is much easier than trying to figure out how to make it yourself. We at Video Igniter get a lot of questions about working with 2D animators so we created this FAQ to answer the most commonly asked questions. In this guide, you will learn how to hire a 2D animator, how to work with them to create an animated video, how much it costs to make a 2D animated video, tips to save money on your production budget, and more!
If you have a question about 2D animators that isn’t answered in this article, you can use our contact form to ask your question or click the image below to schedule a call with a member of our production team:
How to hire a 2D animator?
If you’re interested in hiring someone to make a 2d animated video, take a look at their video portfolio to see if they can do the level of quality work you expect for your video. It’s also worth asking about their design process, pricing structure and the amount of revisions you get when working with them. Here are some additional animated video production resources to help you find and hire a 2d animator for your project:
- 9 Things to look for when hiring an animator.
- How do you outsource an animated video project?
- How do you hire an animator?
- What is Video Igniter Animation?
- What’s the difference between hiring an animation studio, a freelance animator and Video Igniter?
- What goes into production cost of an animated video?
- Considering making the animated video yourself? Learn about DIY options.
- Need your video fast? Learn about rush delivery.
- Pros and Cons of Different Animation Styles
Where can I hire a 2D animator?
How to make a 2D animation?
Once you’ve selected a 2D animator for your project and paid to start production, the animator will send you a questionnaire. The questionnaire helps the animator collect information about the animated video you want them to create.
The 2D animator will review your questionnaire and draft the script for your video. You will get an opportunity to review the script and request edits before approving it for production.
Deep Dive: Check out our animated video asset review guide for tips on how to review your script and other assets for your animated video.
Next, the animator will create the storyboard. The storyboard contains instructions for the illustration and animation team so they know what to create for each part of your script. You will get an opportunity to review the storyboard and request revisions before moving on to the next stage of production.
Insider Tip: Video Igniter’s simple and standard animation projects include unlimited revisions which means we will continue to work with you to revise your storyboard until you love it!
After your storyboard is approved, the 2d animator will help you audition voiceover talent for your video. If you love one of the voiceover auditions, the animator will procure and license the full recording for your animated video. You will get an opportunity to review the full recording and request edits before approving the voiceover for production.
Your 2D animator will also help identify soundtracks for your animated video that will enhance the presentation of your animation. The animator will help secure the broadcast license for the soundtrack you approve for your animated video.
Illustrations are a two phase production process. First, the artist will create custom concept art based on a scene from your storyboard, your branding and style references.
After you send your feedback to the art team, the illustrators will create all the custom art for your video. You will get an opportunity to review and approve all the art for your video before it moves into production.
Now that your storyboard, voiceover and illustrations are approved, it’s time for the 2D animator to really get to work. It will take them about a week to animate a 60 second video. When the first draft is ready, we recommend reviewing it with your internal team and members of your target audience (if available). Collect everyone’s feedback and send it back to the 2D animator to complete the final draft.
2D Animation Deep Dive
2D Animation Examples
How long does it take to make a 2d animated cartoon?
The 2D animated video production process takes about 3-6 weeks to produce a 1-2 minute animated video.
I need my animated cartoon fast! Do you offer rush delivery?
Yes we do offer rush delivery animation. If you need to get your 2D animated video produced quickly for an upcoming deadline or launch date, fill out this form to get a custom quote and let us know you are interested in rush delivery for your cartoon video project. We’ll prepare an accelerated production schedule and rush delivery quote to get your video produced on time.
What does 2D animation cost?
2D animators charge between $1,000-$10,000 to create a custom animated 60 second video. Your production budget is function of the following criteria:
- Are you creating the script or are you hiring the animator to write it for you?
- Will you create the storyboard or do you want to hire the 2d animator to make it for you?
- Are you providing the voiceover?
- How quickly do you need the animation produced?
- What style of animation do you want for your video?
- How long is the video going to be?
What are some tips to save money on my production budget?
Write your script
You can save hundreds-thousands of dollars off your production budget by writing your own script. Check out all our scriptwriting resources here.
Create your storyboard
Same story for your storyboard. Lots of budget saving to be had if you create your own storyboard. Check out our storyboard template and storyboard creation guide here.
Record your own voiceover
Check out 1:31 in the video below to learn how you can record your own professional sounding voiceover for free without having to buy any fancy equipment or special software:
Use stock assets
Not every part of your animation needs to be custom made. Consider asking your animator if they can help reduce your production cost a little by using some stock images, videos, text, icons, clip art and pre-made 3D models. Free (or low cost) icons, clip art, stock images, fonts, graphs and video clips are available on sites like Mixkit, TheNounProject, Google Font Library and Envato Elements.
Download free (legal) music from these sites for your animation
Resources for cheap animated videos
How to make cheap animated explainer videos.
Can I make animated videos for free?
Yes, there are some ways… Check out: How to make animated videos for free.
What is the Video Igniter animated video creation platform?
Video Igniter provides animated video production services online. We modernized the experience of creating an animated video to help you create custom content faster and save on your production costs. Video Igniter streamlines the complex process of making a custom animated video and does 99% of the work for you. All you need to do is tell us what you want us to create and review the assets we create for your video (script, storyboard, voiceover, soundtrack, art and animation).
If you’re looking for a website to create an animated video online, Video Igniter’s custom animated video production service enables you to create any kind of animated video you can imagine. Our talented staff collaborates behind the scenes to create custom 2D and 3D animated videos so you don’t have to figure out if you have the right animator for the job. We handle all the technical and creative aspects of production including helping you develop your video script and storyboard – if you haven’t already created them yourself!
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2D Animator Success Stories and Testimonials
“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 made 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
“I found exactly what I needed: custom animated production with lots of options, fair price and fast communication. I loved working with the Video Igniter Team. Million thanks.”
Antonina Rome, MD – Bioresona
“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
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