Short Form and Advertising
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience

About The Role

Specialisms - Lighting and Compositing

We are currently looking for talented 3D Blender Generalists with experience in Lighting within the software. This position is for an exciting new project with our Short Form and Commercials team and we’re looking for an artist to start in early August 2022.

Our short form team is increasingly integrating Blender into it’s pipeline. We still use a hybrid approach between Maya, Blender and Nuke but are looking for artists that can translate Maya animation into beautifully lit and rendered Blender scenes, and then take them through to compositing in Nuke.

Our L&C artists are masters of mood, light and detail. Their day-to-day focuses on tailored render layers, artful colour grading and production deadlines, whilst meeting all important briefs from our Directors and Clients. They are also great collaborators, working as a team to share and develop their technical and artistic skills to deliver high quality content for our audiences.

We are very happy to discuss flexible, hybrid and remote working options for all our vacancies.

Day to Day:

  • Working as part of the Short Form and Commercials team and regularly communicating between your Team Lead and CG Supervisor.
  • Liaising with a wider team to ensure a smooth flow of translating animation into Blender.
  • Rendering shots in Blender and finalising shots in Nuke compositing.
  • Managing your shots and time efficiently to meet deadlines!
  • Problem solving around your lighting tasks, including revisiting assets and animation files to help iron out fixes.
  • Acting on notes and feedback from your Team Lead

About You

Must Have:

  • Experience with  atmospheric lighting to help visually communicate a story.
  • Knowledge of lighting tools, colour grading and denoising render inside of Blender
  • Knowledge of Nuke Compositing
  • Creative problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Previous industry experience

Bonus Points:

  • Basic knowledge of Maya

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, an Annie and an Emmy along the way!

We couldn’t be prouder that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corp certification. We’ve been independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organisation who award the B Corp certification. The certification verifies companies who are working to improve the lives of employees as well as industries as a whole. The certification process involves over 170 rigorous metrics to improve the lives of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the local community, ensuring we are not just saying we are ethical with empty gestures, but independently evidencing it.

We are going through an exciting period of growth and 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 to make things better. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand and embrace fresh perspectives. 

What we’ve got for you:

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019, 2020 and 2022
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though some of them 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 share (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.