3D Animation
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

Our 3D Layout Artist will work alongside our Director and Animation Director to refine final camera movements and develop the previsualisation of a high-end CG TV series, in line with approved episodic storyboards. 

We are looking for an artist who is keen, actively interested in cinematography and has a working understanding of camera in a 3D software. They must be self-motivated, eager to learn and respond positively to feedback.

Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, we welcome hybrid and remote working for all job opportunities we offer for the foreseeable future.
Day to Day:
  • Working with the Director and Animation Director to build scene set ups in line with approved client storyboards
  • Create rough layouts, defining the initial blocking of character animation and cameras within a scene
  • Make sure all scenes are working within the required pipeline set up to be delivered to the animation department
  • Adapt and refine cameras based on Director critiques and changes
  • Liaise with the Storyboard, Assets and Animation departments to create layouts that work towards the Directors intended vision
  • Making sure your work is communicating the story, ideas and acting choices clearly from blocking through to final animation
  • Responding effectively to, and acting on notes and feedback from your Director and Animation Director

About You

Must Have:
  • Technical/Artistic Skills:
  • Working knowledge of Maya and clean scene set ups
  • Demonstrable artistic skills including a strong sense of composition and perspective, the ability to create atmosphere and a good understanding of editing
  • Good understanding of cinematography, pacing, timing and general filmmaking concepts
  • Knowledge of CG Animation techniques
  • Knowledge of a CG pipeline
  • Knowledge of body mechanics, posing and getting the best performance possible out of a character
  • A passion for cinematography or video games
Bonus Points:
  • Responds positively to feedback
  • Proactive learner; if they don’t know the answer they’ll work to find it out
  • Can manage their time and work independently, but also work well in a team
  • Self-motivated and able to work calmly under pressure
  • Very strong communication skills

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 

What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.