• Lead Animator, 3D

    Job Locations CA-BC-Vancouver
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4/3/2018 7:22 PM)
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  • Overview

    DHX Media – Vancouver is looking for an experienced Animator (Lead Animator)


    You will get to:

    • Oversee and assist in training on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
    • Communicate and set expectations 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
    • Conduct quality control of all assets, model and rig testing to ensure rigs are production ready
    • Create show-specific cycles/poses
    • Conduct range of motion tests for all new character builds
    • Complete assigned animation within scheduled timeframe
    • Liaise with Design, Modelling, Layout, 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
    • Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
    • Ensure shot continuity
    • Assist in the development of any specialized assets as needed
    • Ability to interpret and address complex camera, staging, animation and story notes from clients and directors
    • 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
    • Assisting the with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process
    • 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



    • 1+ years animation in preschool episodic television
    • 2+ years of experience as a Lead Animator in the animation industry overseeing a team of 9 animators or more
    • 4+ years in 3D animation packages, specifically Maya
    • 1+ years experience with Shotgun in an episodic television environment
    • 1+ years experience with RV software
    • Minimum Bachelors Degree of Arts
    • Experience in having face to face meetings with clients
    • 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, modelling and 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 clearly communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
    • 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 work both independently and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under tight deadlines
    • Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
    • Ability to adapt to multiple animation styles 

    Salary: $1,200.00 CAD - $1,300.00 CAD per week & benefits


    Term of Employment: Full Time, Project Based


    Number of Vacancies: 1


    Questions? Contact hrtalentacquisition@dhxmedia.com


    Location: 380 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.



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