Please note this is a hybrid position and requires you to work from our studio for part of the work week. This is not a remote opportunity.
Are you a Lead Animator interested in working with us on one of our next feature animation project? Then please read on!
The Lead Animator is responsible for motivating and leading a team of animators, working closely with the Animation Supervisor and Director to realize their vision, while ensuring the standard and quality of the animation produced is consistently high.
There is potential for this position to roll into a senior position on our next animated feature.
What you’ll get to do:
- Provide leadership, direction and allocation of work to the animators within your team
- Work closely with your Animators, as well as the Rigging and Modelling departments to ensure characters remain on model and style
- Establish and maintain an appropriate level of communication with all crew members and ensure they are properly supported and mentored
- When required, produce high quality animation in line with the Directors creative vision
- Become proficient with the department’s propriety tools
- Understand the processes of adjoining departments and communicate with these departments as needed
- Understand the overall brief and goals of a project and communicate this clearly to each member of the team
- Delegate work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels
- Drive team reviews and, when appropriate, offer creative feedback on reviewed shots
- Work with the Animation Supervisor and the production team to prepare bids and pitches as required
- Prioritize and break down a project into organized parts
What you bring:
- 10+ years’ experience in animation
- Proven leadership experience within feature animation
- Proven ability to produce feature film quality character animation in a range of styles, with a strong focus on naturalistic/realistic human movement and acting
- A deep knowledge of animation techniques and a proficiency in Maya, within a feature film animation pipeline
- Deep understanding of traditional animation techniques and the principles of character performance such as posing, staging, timing, acting and storytelling techniques
- A strong understanding of anatomy, movement and basic real-world physics and their application for animation
- Have an “eye” for the nuances of a believable action
- Understand department pipelines including all assets and tools, and their purpose
- A knowledge of rigging and pipeline to help direct any technical changes
- Recognised post-secondary qualification in animation, film or a related field is preferable
- The ability to help define the brief and direction with draw overs that define the intent visually
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills working with production and other departments as required
- Ability to effectively work, communicate and provide feedback with all personality types
- Ability to listen and be open to all feedback given and apply this to shots moving forward; anticipating the supervisors/directors preference in accordance to the style of the project
- Enthusiasm, positivity, initiative and talent coupled with an understanding for taking direction and performing tasks to the individual’s best abilities
- Detail orientated, balanced with a strong technical understanding, to quality control each shot in a sequence
- Ability to multitask, prioritise and balance workloads to achieve deadlines within a team environment
- Open to new workflows and tool sets
What we offer you:
- The opportunity to join a growing, award-winning studio!
- A central location in sunny Sydney, minutes from the CBD and famous Bondi Beach
- An inclusive workplace of employees who are passionate about creativity and technology
- A chance to contribute to the success of ground-breaking animated feature films
- Exposure to a USD pipeline
- A dedicated Learning and Development and Artist Management team focused on your personal career growth
- A flexible, hybrid work environment
- Paid ‘Volunteer’ days to support those causes close to your heart!
- A world-renowned working environment packed with social clubs, activities and events
- A variety of employee benefits including secured on-site parking, employee discounts, breakfast, free use of barista coffee machines, weekly lunches/pastries and snacks galore!
If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, then we want to hear from you. Submit your application below!