WildBrain

Animation Director, 3D

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/19/2021 12:48 PM)
Job ID
2021-4200

Overview

WildBrain is looking an Animation Director, 3D to join our team! In this role, you will work closely with the Series Director to define and maintain the animation style throughout the series. You will be directly responsible for the artistic output of the animation department.

 

In the Night Garden has been a staple of kids’ TV for over a decade, as a show uniquely designed to relax and calm its audience while entertaining them. Created by the team that brought you Teletubbies, the original style of In the Night Garden included a mix of live action costumed actors, puppetry, stop-motion and 2D animation.  Our goal is to retain this original diverse, imaginative style while moving the show fully into photorealistic 3D animation, produced in our Unreal Engine pipeline.

 

Join us as we recreate a large cast of wonderfully silly characters beloved by children and parents worldwide, and take them on brand new imaginative journeys to new places and new friends. Set in a magical forest, dappled with beautiful sunlight and colourful flowers, the series has a stunning look and a whimsical nursery rhyme picture book feel, as well as musical elements. This magical series is a very special one, and we are excited to be part of it.

 

 

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!

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Defining the Animation Style for the series
  • Create and maintain animation style guide for the series
  • Direct animation and provide feedback to animators on composition, timing, performance, staging, blocking and overall style
  • Review scripts, storyboards and layout and provide feedback to the Series Director
  • Review the work of each Animator on a regular basis and approve shots for submission to the Editor
  • Manage show resources through Shotgun (asset tracking system to ensure shows are staying on budget while maximizing creative objectives)
  • Collaborate with Series Director to prioritize client requests and changes on an ongoing basis
  • Collaborate with FX Supervisor and Lighting Supervisor to achieve highest quality possible
  • Collaborate with Production Management to ensure show status is effectively communicated throughout production
  • Continually evaluate and improve story structure, shot flow, shot design and overall creative appeal
  • 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 workflow
  • Oversee the daily activities of the animation team
  • Run Animation Kick Off meetings with Animation teams
  • Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development, providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues and maintaining positive morale among the team
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments

 

Qualifications

  • 3+ years lead or supervising animator experience in animation or television or equivalent experience
  • Fluent in Maya
  • Strong understanding of animation principles
  • Strong understanding of cinematic storytelling principles and techniques
  • Ability to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
  • Ability to identify strengths and weakness of animation team
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
  • Ability to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
  • Enjoy working in a team atmosphere and take a proactive approach to work
  • Excellent management and problem solving skills

 

Bonus:

  • Degree/diploma in animation or equivalent is an asset

 

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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