Create Animated Videos

How To Create Create Animated Videos

Are you looking for an animator to help you create animated videos but aren’t sure how or where to get started? Luckily, you’re in the right place! Video Igniter’s guide to creating animated videos has answers to all of your top questions including:

  • How do I create animated videos with an animator?
  • How do I find the right freelancer or studio for my project?
  • What does it cost to create animated videos?
  • How long does it take to create animated videos?

All that, plus tips to help you save $1,000 or more off the cost of your production budget. But first, let’s take a look at examples of animated videos that Video Igniter can create for you…

Animated Video Examples

Video Igniter can make any kind of custom 2D or 3D animation for you. Below are some of our team’s favorite animated videos. For additional examples, check out our animation portfolio and request access to our demo reels and price sheet.

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 To Create Animated Videos With Video Igniter

How To Create Animated Videos

Let’s take a look a the production process so you have an idea of what it’ll be like to work together while we create your animated videos.

1). Contact Us

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Get the ball rolling by sending us a message or scheduling a call with our production team to get a quote for your animated video(s). We’ll go over questions in this questionnaire and develop one or more production budgets for you to consider.

After you’ve selected a budget, you will receive a production agreement to sign and an invoice for the first 50% of your production budget.

2). Script

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Now that production is underway, our team will spend more time learning:

  • What your key messages are
  • Who your target audience is (and the problems they face)
  • What you want to show in your animation

After we do a deep dive on your customers and talking points, we’ll develop a script that illustrates how your product/service addresses the pain points your target audience experiences. Give the script a review with your team to make sure it addresses all of your key messages in a way that aligns with your brand’s voice. Let us know if you have any edits and we’ll update your script accordingly.

3). Storyboard

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Next, we turn your script into a storyboard so that our production team has a visual blueprint to use when we create your animated videos. Each page of the storyboard includes a sentence from your script, a sketch or mockup of the scene, and written instructions that explain how things should appear and move on screen.

You will receive a downloadable copy of your storyboard to review with your team. If anything in your animated videos needs to look a specific way, let us know so we can include photos or links to videos within the storyboard so our team knows exactly how to visually recreate key visual details.

4). VoiceOver


You will receive several voiceover auditions to listen to. Let us know which voiceover artist is your favorite and we’ll hire them to record the narration for your animated videos. You get an opportunity to listen to the full recording and request edits, if necessary.

5). Soundtrack


You will also receive several soundtracks to review. Let us know which one feels best to you and we’ll take care of acquiring the proper license to use the audio when we create your animated videos.

6). Illustrations

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Video Igniter’s art director will create several pieces of concept art based off of your storyboard, brand guidelines and any style references you provided. Let the art director know which concept is your favorite. If you’d like to modify any of the visual concepts, you can collaborate with the art director to revise the art until everything looks perfect.

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Our illustration team will create the rest of the custom illustrations for your animated videos based off the approved concept art. You get a chance to review all of the illustrations and request edits before approving the art for production.

7). Animation

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Now that everything is approved, we can create your animated videos! As soon as your videos are ready to review, you will receive a link to download your animation(s). Give them a review with your team and organize all of your feedback. Send it to us and we’ll integrate your revisions and render out the final drafts of your animated videos.

How do I find the right freelancer or animation studio to create my animated videos?

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This is a big topic and it’s an important decision when you create animated videos. That’s why we wrote a separate article specifically for this topic. Check it out here: “How To Hire An Animator.”

In the article, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find animators for your project.
  • Pros and cons of different types of animators for different types of projects.
  • How to negotiate your production budget.

And a whole lot more! If you’re looking for additional animators to consider for your project, check out the guide.

Thinking about hiring Video Igniter for your project? Here are +20 reasons why companies love hiring Video Igniter for their animated video projects.

What does it cost to create animated videos?

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If you want to create a 60-second animation, a 2D animated video usually costs between $1,500-$10,000 to create. Fancy 2D animations (known as “cel animations“) require larger budgets to create.

If you want to create 3D animated videos, you’ll need a budget that’s 2-4x larger.

Get a quote to create your animated videos.

How long does it take to create animated videos?

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Most 60-second animated videos can be created in 4-8 weeks. 3D animations and cel-animations require 2-4x more time to create.

Need to speed up production for a deadline? Video Igniter offers rush delivery to help you create your animated videos faster.

How to save money when you create animated videos

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Combine these tips to help you save $1,000 or more off the cost of creating your animated videos.

1). Create The Script

You can save $500 off the cost of each minute of video content we create for you if you provide the script for your animated videos. Download our script writing template to get started.

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2). Record The VoiceOver

VoiceOvers cost between $50-$500 for each voice that needs to be licensed for your videos. You can skip this production cost by recording the voiceover(s) yourself. Watch 1:31 in this video to learn how you can record professional quality voiceovers at home for free.

3). Source Free, Legal Music

Stock soundtracks cost $19-$399 for a basic license and get more expensive if you plan to pay to broadcast your videos to a larger audience. If you want to avoid music licensing costs when we create your animated videos, you can source free music from Incompetech and Facebook’s Sound Collection.

4). Create The Storyboard

You can save an additional $500 off the cost of each minute of video we create for you by providing the storyboard for your animated videos. Download our free storyboard template and review the included storyboard creation guide to learn how to create your storyboard.

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5). Create Your Animated Videos All At Once

If you want to create multiple animated videos, we recommend starting production on all of your videos at once rather than staggering production. There can some cost savings if if you start producing all your content at once so be sure to ask us if your project is eligible for a volume discount.

6). Start Production ASAP

Rush delivery can increase your production cost by 25%-50% or more! We recommend starting production as soon as possible so you don’t have to pay extra to rush the production process. Send us a message to start discussing your video projects with us.

Still have questions about creating animated videos?

Do you have a question about creating animated videos 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.


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.

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.

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,

“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


Get in touch!

Schedule a call to discuss your animated video project.

Get a quote for us to create your animated video.

Request access to our newest price sheet.

Create your Video Igniter account, fill out a creative brief for your video and we’ll begin production as soon as we receive your production deposit.

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