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Lead Animator

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  • Full Time
  • London

Industrial Light & Magic

Position Summary

A Lead Animator is responsible for supporting the Animation Supervisor in designing and creating the motion of digital characters/vehicles/props within a shot or sequences of shots on a production. They help to determine and drive the aesthetic and technical approach to the animation, overseeing a team of animators to achieve this goal in the allotted production timeframe.

What You’ll Do

Responsible for leading a team in the creation of outstanding animation for digital creatures/humans, vehicles and props within a shot, using various animation software programs.

Comprehend and execute direction from the Animation Supervisor.

Oversee the work of entry, mid and senior level animators and provide day-to-day support and guidance at the discretion of the Animation Supervisor.

Participates as a team member in helping determine various aesthetic and technical solutions; provides feedback to other members of the production by attending dailies on a regular basis.

Aid in the training/mentoring of new Animators

Help drive the design and execution of animation tools required to achieve the goals of a given production

Expected to perform hands-on shot work on show to set the desired look and standard to be met be the team, and potentially provide reference (video and occasionally motion capture performances), to assist the animation team in hitting these goals

What We’re Looking For

Experience/BA in computer graphics, fine arts, design, or photography, or related field; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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 three years as a Senior-Level Animator in collaboration with recommendations for advancement by the Animation Supervisors and the Department Manager.

Excellent organization, honesty and communications skills

Technical Skills

Proficiency with Linux desired.

Expert knowledge of Maya, proprietary and other software programs

Knowledge of chaining and constraint techniques