• Art Director

    Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/18/2019 4:30 PM)
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  • Overview

    WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Art Director to join our team!  You may have known us as DHX Media – we’ve recently changed our name to reflect our renewed commitment to pushing the creative and focusing on the artist experience. At WildBrain we create epic entertainment experiences for kids and family through industry leading animation. Join us and see what other great things are happening at WildBrain!


    The role:


    As the Art Director, you will play a key role in controlling the overall visual direction. Working closely with clients, you will create cutting-edge, appealing and fresh new looks for each show by infusing them with the latest trends in design. This is an exciting opportunity for an Art Director to be the driving force on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment.


    You will get to work on…

    • Establish and refine show style
    • Develop and oversee show-specific style guides and communicate them to the design team
    • Ensure viability while maximizing artistic objectives
    • Collaborate with clients on designs that need special direction
    • Proactively ensure that concepts, designs and desired outputs are obtained within the project timeline and budget
    • Reviewing all designs (Character, prop, location & colour) and ensuring they support the overall creative vision and style of the production
    • Maintaining open communication and collaboration throughout all departments of the Production team
    • Maintaining the production schedule and ensuring the Design team meets all required deadlines and milestones
    • Attend breakdown meetings and provide input from the art department’s point of view
    • Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
    • Identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and to obtain results while meeting schedules, deadlines and performance goals
    • Adapt traditional methods, concepts, models, designs, technologies or systems to new applications and devise new approaches to improve current processes and work flow
    • Collaborate with downstream departments to ensure resulting style matches show art direction
    • Provide detailed direction to design team
    • Leading and mentoring a team of 8-10 Designers; providing guidance, feedback, information and ideas
    • Work with production team to identify appropriate staffing levels and needs
    • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team


    You will be a great fit on our team if… 

    • 3+ years of Art Direction experience in animation or television OR equivalent experience
    • You have strong leadership and mentorship skills
    • You can provide constructive criticism and valuable feedback
    • You can adapt to multiple styles, and quickly grasp the design style of the production
    • You have exceptional communication skills and time management skills
    • Able to identify strengths and weakness of design team
    • Able to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production 

    Bonus skills we’d love to see…

    • BA/BFA degree in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset
    • Understanding of the translation from 2D artwork to 3D models is a bonus
    • Experience and understanding of brand/product marketing is an asset


    Why work at WildBrain Studios?


    At WildBrain Studios, we have awesome benefits/perks and facilities to keep you engaged, committed, and creative. We pride ourselves on our work/life balance, offer events and opportunities for socializing, exercising, and spaces to relax and recharge. Our Vancouver studio is a 75,000-square-foot space where imagination can run wild. Did we mention our studio is also dog-friendly?


    For us, quality, creativity and fun go hand in hand! Our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure, and work with international partners such as Apple, Netflix, LEGO, DreamWorks, BBC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more. We produce high quality Flash, Harmony, and Maya animated series, including Snoopy in Space, Carmen Sandiego, Go, dog. Go!, LEGO Ninjago, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Blaze and the Monster Machines, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Fireman Sam, The Deep and more.


    WildBrain is dedicated to creating entertainment content that inspires, entertains and connects kids and families around the world. With some of Canada’s top creative talents, our studio is bursting with energy. If you’re looking for a fun and challenging job and to work alongside some of the industry’s best, a career at WildBrain is right for you!


    THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the WildBrain Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted. WildBrain will accommodate people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs known in advance if accommodation is required.


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