Location
London
Advertising Salary
Competitive depending on experience
Vacancy Type
Fixed Term

About The Role

We are looking for a Junior Layout Artist who is interested in cinematography and animation to join us for an exciting production here at Blue Zoo!

As a Junior Layout Artist you will work alongside our Director and Animation Director to refine final camera movements to support the final story. You will also help develop the previsualisation of a high-end CG TV series, in line with approved episodic storyboards. To be successful in the role, we are looking for an artist who can design shots and translate traditional filmmaking principles into a 3D software.

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

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

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 knack 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
  • A passion for cinematography or video games

Bonus Points:

  • Responds positively to feedback.
  • Proactive learner; if you don’t know the answer you’ll work to find it out.
  • Can manage your 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, 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.