Lead Animator, CG

Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
Posted Date 1 month ago(12/17/2021 1:43 PM)
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WildBrain Studios is looking for Lead Animators to join our team!


In this role, you will be directly responsible for contributing to the artistic output, operations and overall functioning of the animation department. You will achieve this by evaluating, implementing and supervising process, workflow and technical infrastructure on the team, working with Animation Directors to set and maintain standards throughout the production. Mentoring, training and development of the Animation team will be critical to achieving this! 


Find a job that let’s your imagination run wild!

WildBrain Studios produces fan-favorite animation and award-winning content that kids and families love in every corner of the globe. We love what we do and it shows in the quality content we produce! Our custom-built Vancouver studio in beautiful British Columbia is a wonderful backdrop for our artists, but it doesn’t end there, we have employees working remotely across BC, Canada, and the world!  Our artist-centric culture means we invest in our people, we provide training and growth opportunities, a healthy work-life balance, and fun activities throughout the year to meet, mingle and get creative with your team. If you like what you are reading so far, well buckle up, we’re just getting started!



What You’ll Do:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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



What You’ll Bring:

  • 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 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


Why WildBrain?

We make sure to take care of all our hard-working Wild Brains by offering a comprehensive benefits package and a workplace culture that values our employees’ wellbeing.  Our staff enjoy RRSP matching, multi-tiered benefits so you can pick the coverage that’s best for you, free mental health resources, and additional perks like half-days in the summer, extra holidays in the winter and regular events to connect our teams virtually, and in-person.


In short – life is good on the Wild side!


Visit wildbrain.com/studios to learn more!


COVID-19 Update:

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!



" WildBrain Studio provides an atmosphere free from barriers to promote inclusion, equity and diversity. We demonstrate our commitment to this by providing a supportive work environment and a culture that welcomes and encourages equal opportunities for all employees. WildBrain Studio also accommodates people with disabilities throughout the selection process. Should you require accommodation, please let us know your requirements when contacted.”



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