Senior Animator

CG Artist Vancouver, BC


Description

Position at Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

Senior Animators are responsible for creating high quality motion of computer graphics creatures and objects within a shot, using a variety of animation software programs, and working under the general supervision of Animation Supervisors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead creation of outstanding animation for graphics creatures and objects within a shot, using various animation software programs.
  • Comprehend and execute direction from Lead Animator or Animation Supervisor.
  • May supervise the work of entry, mid and mid-high level animators at the discretion of the Animation Supervisor.
  • Participates as a team member in determining various aesthetic solutions; provides feedback to other members of the production by attending dailies on a regular basis.
  • Expected to train and mentor new Animators as well as provide technical assistance to the show supervisors before and during the production.
  • Maintain or exceed a consistent level of productivity while meeting deadlines and producing high quality work.
  • Performs other tasks related to the creation of computer-generated animation.
  • Occasionally may be required to perform hands-on shot work on show and provide reference performances including motion capture performances as part of assigned shot work and to assist the animation team

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Talent Manager, Animation and receives daily oversight and direction from the Animation Supervisor/Lead.

Education / Experience

  • At least five years of relevant professional VFX experience and at least a college level diploma or higher in computer graphics, fine arts, design, or photography, or related field; OR
  • At least seven years of relevant professional VFX experience in lieu of education.

Required Skills / Competencies

  • Expert knowledge of traditional animation principles, acting, film production and compositional design while demonstrating exceptional skills as an animator based as evidenced by portfolio, demo reel and references.
  • Completion of a minimum of two years as a Mid-Level Animator in conjunction with recommendations for advancement by the Animation Supervisors and the Department Manager.
  • Excellent organization and communications skills.

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency with Linux desired.
  • Expert knowledge of Maya, proprietary and other software programs
  • Knowledge of chaining and constraint techniques


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