Art Director, 3D

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/29/2020 1:52 PM)
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WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Art Director to join our Vancouver studio for a feature quality episodic production. We can’t say what it is yet, but it is an action oriented global franchise with beloved characters! In this role, 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.


We are currently working virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time our hiring teams are ready to support interviews via video conferencing, and we are enabling artists to work from home until the studio can reopen. We’d love to hear from you! #stayhomestaysafe!


  • Establish and refine show style
  • Provide detailed direction to design team per ongoing feedback/updates from the Series Director/client
  • Participate in client meetings to understand/review asset requirements
  • Ensure viability while maximizing artistic objectives
  • Collaborate with clients on designs that need special direction
  • Directly contribute to project design
  • Collaborate with VFX and modelling departments to ensure render style matches show art direction
  • Attend breakdown meetings and provide input from the art department’s point of view
  • Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
  • Provide detailed direction to design team
  • Proactively ensure that concepts, designs and desired outputs are obtained within the project timeline and budget
  • 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
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
  • 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


  • 3+ years of Art Direction experience on a Animated Feature film or Feature Quality Episodic production
  • Understanding of the translation from 2D artwork to 3D models
  • Strong 3D design experience for animation
  • Expert level understanding of modelling, texturing, shading, lighting, compositing and rendering workflows
  • Strong leadership and mentorship skills and can provide constructive criticism and valuable feedback 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
  • Ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas in a professional and positive manner
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
  • Highly motivated, pro-active, with a solid work ethic and positive attitude


  • Experience with Katana and Arnold would be beneficial
  • Knowledge in Cinesync, Maya & Shotgun 
  • BA/BFA degree in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset 
  • Experience and understanding of brand/product marketing is an asset 
  • Experience in episodic production methodologies is a benefit

Why WildBrain?


At WildBrain Studios 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. Aside from awesome projects and partners, WildBrain puts our people first, here are just a few of the ways:

  • Great benefits that make employees feel truly valued including a customizable extended health and dental plan
  • Generous RRSP matching
  • Bonus time off


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