2D Animator

2D Animator For Hire + FAQ

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!

2D animator

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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:

Where can I hire a 2D animator?

Video Igniter




How to make a 2D animation?


2d animator questionnaire

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.

Writing the script for an explainer video.

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.

Unlimited Revisions For Your Storyboard

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.

Recording a voiceover


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.

Pick a soundtrack 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.

Reviewing 2d animation concept art.

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.

Animating a 2d video

2D Animation Deep Dive

For a more in-depth explanation, check out this companion article that explains how to make a 2D animation and our FAQ guide about 2D animated videos.

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.

How long does it take to make a 2d 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.

Rush Delivery Animation Available

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?

If you want to dial in the production budget for your video, schedule a call with our production team, contact us to get a quote, or request access to our newest price sheet.

What are some tips to save money on my production budget?


Write your script

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.

Animated Video Storyboard

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 MixkitTheNounProjectGoogle Font Library and Envato Elements.

Consider using stock assets

Download free (legal) music from these sites for your animation


Facebook Sound Collection

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!

Hire Video Igniter to animate your video

World class animation and design talent at prices startups can afford.

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

+20 reasons companies love hiring us to create animated videos.

Animated Cartoon Video Demo Reel


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

2D Animator Success Stories and Testimonials

Get in touch to create your 2D animation

Schedule a call with our production team to discuss your animated video.

Get a quote for your video.

Request access to our newest price sheet.

Create your Video Igniter account

Fill out a creative brief for your 2D animation.

Schedule a call with one of our 2d animators to discuss your video project.