3D Lighting & Compositing
Advertising Salary
Competitive dependent on experience

About The Role

As Lighting and Compositing Supervisor you are responsible for managing a team of wonderful visual storytellers. You’ll lead your team in defining the mood and atmosphere of our narratives, and highlight the charming details of our characters, props and environments. 

You will be in charge of the lighting and compositing on a 3D animated TV series, responsible for ensuring the lighting and colour continuity between shots, as well as creating the master shots through to delivery of the final shots, to the client. You will be a strong communicator working across other departments to ensure you meet delivery deadlines. Responsible for delegating the workload across the team, as well as coaching and supporting your team, you are approachable and a decisive, supportive and collaborative leader.

This role is due to start November 2022.
We are very happy to discuss flexible, hybrid and remote working options for all our vacancies.
Day to Day:
  • Managing your team efficiently to meet the deadlines for the production
  • Working closely with the Production Manager to ensure the lighting and compositing schedule is adhered to, flagging to the Production Manager in advance if there are any potential issues and finding solutions to this together
  • Preparing master shots for the following episode to then get them approved by the  director, art director and client
  • Meeting regularly with the director and the art director to ensure creative vision is maintained, whilst remaining responsible for quality control across your team's episodes, and making sure the episodes are presented neatly and to the high standard of the production
  • Provide effective constructive feedback to the teams
  • Arranging daily catch ups with your team to make sure they are on track and aware of their daily tasks, and sharing notes from the client with the team via Ftrack
  • Managing all aspects of your team, including development and reviews
  • Communicating with leads on the team’s performance, flagging any concerns on performance and and/or welfare to the Production Manager
  • Arranging tutorials/training meetings as and when required
  • Collecting data about recurring issues and raising these with relevant personnel/departments
  • Collaborating and planning ahead with other Lighting and Compositing Supervisors to implement a new workflow for future productions
  • Effective communication and collaboration with other departments e.g. Talent Team
  • Looking after R&D for episode-specific challenges to ensure problems are fully tested and approved by the director

About You

Must Have:
  • Must have had previous experience as lighting and compositing lead/supervisor
  • Must have extensive experience in full CG non-realistic lighting for animation or as a Lighting & Compositing artist
  • Excellent understanding of lighting, from creative to technical
  • Excellent understanding of compositing in particular grading
  • Strong leadership, motivation and coaching skills
  • Great communicator and confident organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Maya and Nuke
  • Strong eye for detail
Bonus Points:
  • Knowledge of scripting in Python
  • Previous experience in animation for a TV series
  • Background as a generalist to better understand other departments and efficiently communicate with them
  • Interest in cinematography and film

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 (Benefits)
  • 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.