• Lead Animator, 3D

    Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
    Posted Date 1 week ago(2/12/2020 11:36 AM)
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  • Overview

    WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Lead Animator 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 Lead Animator, you will be directly responsible for the artistic output, operations and overall functioning of the animation department. This will be achieved by evaluating, implementing and supervising process, workflow and technical infrastructure that maximize quality and ensure viability. Team synergy and effectiveness will ensure success; therefore, recruitment, team building and group dynamics will play a major part in this position.


    You will get to:

    • Oversee and assist in training the Animation Team on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
    • Communicate and set expectations for the Animation Team to ensure on-time delivery
    • Ensure and maintain the quality, style, and continuity of animation across the show
    • Review the work of each Animator on a regular basis and approve shots for submission to the Director
    • Conduct model and rig testing to ensure rigs are production ready
    • Create show-specific cycles/poses
    • Create and rig proxy models as needed, proxy FX for timing, and proxy lighting for lighting reference
    • Conduct range of motion tests for all new character builds
    • Complete assigned animation within scheduled timeframe
    • Liaise with Design, Modelling, Lighting and FX to ensure delivery of dependent assets
    • Identify gaps that may exist on assigned episodes and implement solutions
    • Identify potential risks or issues and work on a mitigation strategy
    • Create setup files for assigned team, ensuring scene continuity is maintained
    • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
    • Revise and maintain show continuity list
    • Conduct quality control of all assets
    • Assist in the development of any specialized assets as needed
    • Create layout scenes containing all relevant assets to test show-specific lighting scenarios
    • Work collaboratively as part of the Senior Production Team
    • Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the Animation Team and provide constructive criticism and guidance that will help further their career development
    • Be a positive and creative force on the team
    • Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process
    • Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development by providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues and maintaining positive morale among the team
    • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
    • Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources and use previous measurable performance to establish goals within projected timeframe


    You will be a great fit on our team if you have…

    • 2+ years of experience as a Senior or Lead Animator in the animation industry
    • Proficient in 3D animation packages
    • Strong understanding of key-framed animation development processes, limitations and dependencies
    • A strong understanding of basic human kinetics and basic real world physics
    • Understanding of rigging and modelling
    • Thorough understanding of animation principles
    • Strong understanding of cinematic storytelling principles and techniques
    • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills
    • Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
    • Ability to identify strengths and weakness in others
    • Ability to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
    • Proactive work ethic, capable problem solver with the ability to implement solutions
    • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
    • Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
    • Ability to adapt to multiple animation styles
    • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

    Specific skills we’d love to see…

    • Degree/diploma in animation or equivalent 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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