So… I was curious about how many backgrounds a background artist needs to make in 1 day in anime/jp so that he or she can stay alive…
Here’s some numbers: Source on Crunchyroll
According to an investigation by Media Development Research Institute Inc., a 30 minute episode of a TV anime in 2010 that totaled 11,000,000 yen (about US $145,214 at the current exchange rate) consisted of the following expenses:
(Note: All US dollar conversions are approximate based on current exchange rate.)
Original work - 50,000 yen ($660)
Script - 200,000 yen ($2,640)
Episode Direction - 500,000 yen ($6,600)
Production - 2 million yen ($26,402)
Key Animation Supervision - 250,000 yen ($3,300)
Key Animation - 1.5 million yen ($19,801)
In-betweening - 1.1 million yen ($14,521)
Finishing - 1.2 million yen ($15,841)
Art (backgrounds) - 1.2 million yen ($15,841)
Photography - 700,000 yen ($9,240)
Sound - 1.2 million yen ($15,841)
Materials - 400,000 yen ($5,280)
Editing - 200,000 yen ($2,640)
Printing - 500,000 yen ($6,600)
If you suppose an average episode has 5,000 frames, the price per frame for an in-betweener is 220 yen or just under three bucks, which apparently is a rate that hasn’t really changed much in the past 30 years. Japan Animation Creators Association rep, Osamu Yamasaki, commented [roughly translated], “30 years ago it was said that one person would draw 1,000 frames per month, but now if you can do 500, that’s considered good.” Under these circumstances, it’s no wonder young animators are having trouble making it in the industry.
On average, an anime has roughly 200 backgrounds, 200 scenes per 20 minute show, with major backgrounds that take a long time, and minor backgrounds that’s cropped out of major backgrounds and reused.
If I go by that number, it’s about 80 yen a background, this is for all average backgrounds.
If I go by 100 major backgrounds out of 200. (just a rough guess…) then I am looking at 158 yen a background. About 1.5 usd? that’s still too low. weird number. >.<b Then an artist needs to do almost 30 backgrounds just like the animation per day.
If you get one important background done maybe you can crop another 10 shots out of it.
So you need to finish 3 major backgrounds in 1 day, make another 27 shots of minor backgrounds for the production to survive.
An average CGI matte painter in US finish 1-2 finished concept art per day.
OK, that’s insane.