Lead Animator - ILM TV

CG Artist London, United Kingdom


Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

The Lead Animator is responsible for designing and creating the motion of computer graphics characters within a shot while overseeing the animation of a sequence of shots on a specific production.  Determines the creative and aesthetic approach to animation. Decides the character performance direction and leads the animation crew to deliver the expected and desired performance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the film’s director in determining the creative and aesthetic approach to the animation.
  • Assists in crewing the best talent for the project.
  • Responsible for insuring the quality of the character performance and acting continuity across the film. 
  • Using a variety of software packages, creates animation for cg characters within a series of shots of significant complexity; steps in as needed to assist animators and troubleshoots as needed.
  • Mentors and trains lower level animation crew in performing tasks relative to the overall professional development of the animators.


  • Proven track record for delivering high end VFX across a range of episodic television genres.
  • Strong understanding of the pace and production process of episodic television.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Traditional Animation working in cel, stopmotion or computer animation working on feature films.
  • Proven track record of successfully working in a supervisory capacity on several animation productions.
  • Must have an advanced awareness of animation principles, including acting and action.
  • Must have an extremely creative and critical eye for guiding the quality of the animation.
  • Must be a skilled decision maker, problem solver and an exceptional communicator.
  • Expert knowledge of various software applications. Technical expertise is a plus.