London
3D Animation
Fixed Term

About The Role

We are looking for talented, motivated and enthusiastic Lead Animators to join our team on an exciting high-end CG TV Series for a major international broadcaster. This role is available to start in November 2020. 

Our Lead Character Animators are fantastic storytellers and excellent motivators. Their day-to-day focuses on managing their team, delivering characterful animated performances, and maintaining production deadlines, whilst meeting that all important brief from our Directors and Clients. 

Our Lead Character Animators set an example within their team, are expert at both taking and giving feedback, and support the studio in pushing the boundaries of what TV animation is capable of. 


Day to Day:

  • Responsible for looking after a team of animators, and leading by example.
  • Working with the animation director to help improve the storytelling of your team's shots. 
  • Managing your time efficiently to meet the deadlines of your assigned shots.
  • Making sure your work is communicating the story, ideas and acting choices clearly from blocking through to the final animation.
  • Responding positively to, and acting on notes and feedback from your Director and Animation Director.
  • Mentor and support juniors on your team.
  • Report any positive or negative observations to your Production Manager and/or Animation Director.
  • Communicate with other departments to solve any asset problems for you and your team.
  • Help manage director notes and oversee completion across the team.
 

About You

Must Have:
 
  • At least 1+ years experience in a Lead Animator role on a relevant production.
  • At least 4+ years experience in the Animation industry (preferably working on a series).
  • Knowledge of body mechanics, posing and getting the best performance possible out of a character.
  • An excellent understanding of Maya.
  • Ability to receive feedback and respond to direction positively.
  • Great time management and prioritising skills.
  • Interest in sharing your knowledge and skills with other team members .
  • A team player and great collaborator mentality.
  • Creative problem solving skills.
  • Motivation and can set a positive example to the team.
 
You might have:
 
  • Python or Mel script knowledge
  • Shotgun or FTrack knowledge
  • Experience in performance, for example, acting or dancing
  • Life drawing skills

About Us

We’re Blue Zoo! A London based animation studio with a worldwide reputation for expertly crafted characterful 3D and 2D animation. We pride ourselves on creating work that everyone involved with is immensely proud of, in a positive studio environment that cultivates friendship & creativity.
 
What we’ve got for you (benefits):
 
  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Free breakfast, fruit and hot drinks
  • Inclusive self-funded short-films programme
  • Many fun social events throughout year
  • Bi-monthly reactive feedback programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" drinks (and soft drinks) inside work hours!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including retail and gym discounts
  • On-site massages
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been in our studio 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.

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