2D Compositing

About The Role

This role requires the hired candidate to be based in the UK, outside of London (outside the M25).

Our Compositing Artists are wonderful visual storytellers. They help to define the mood and atmosphere of our narratives, and highlight the charming details of our characters, props and environments. 

Your day-to-day will focus on collaborating with our directors and supervisors to composite and complete the final look of the show.

Day to Day:
  • Compositing rendered shots in ToonBoom Harmony to create the final shot.
  • Using After Effects when needed to assist the Toon Boom Harmony workflow.
  • Apply lighting, shading and colour effects to help boost the visual appeal of a scene when needed
  • Adhering to show naming conventions and file structure.
  • Maintaining legible Harmony scenes that can be understood by other artists.
  • Working as part of a team alongside artists, and regularly communicating with your Team Lead/Production Manager
  • Managing your time efficiently to meet the deadlines of your assigned shots
  • Compositing rendered shots in Toon Boom Harmony to create the final shot. 
  • Problem solving to fix errors and glitches and addressing notes efficiently

About You

Must Have:
  • Experience of Toon Boom Harmony and the ability to troubleshoot software challenges
  • Strong knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony’s composition tools and workflow
  • Previous experience as a compositing artist on an animation production
  • An understanding of colour theory, aesthetics and composition.
  • Having an eye for detail for scrutinising final shots for any errors or inconsistencies.
  • Great communication and being a team player, sharing your knowledge and skills with other team members. 
  • Ability to work independently whilst being organised and managing your time efficiently.
Bonus Points:
  • Production Tracking software experience (Ftrack, Shotgrid)
    Knowledge of Javascript scripting
  • Knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop
  • Understanding of a 2D production pipeline

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, 2022 and 2024.
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme.
  • Many fun in person and remote social events throughout the year.
  • Bi-monthly employee feedback and engagement programme.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers.
  • Online wellbeing programme.
  • Profit share (for employees 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.