InBetweener or Assistant Animator

The in-betweener animates the stuff in between the key poses. It sounds pretty self-explanatory, and it is. The in-betweener animates sequences such as walk cycles, where all the character is doing is walking. On a TV show like "The Simpsons," all the in-between work is done at animation studios overseas, in countries such as Korea, Japan, or Russia. On a feature film, though, the assistant animator is in the next cubicle and has a good working relationship with the animator. The animator knows how much to draw to get the message across and may even let the assistant animator draw some minor sequences to get the experience needed to become an animator.

The in-betweener also cleans up the drawings of the animator, if needed, tightening up the lines, darkening the shadows, and so forth.

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