London
Pipeline
Competitive depending on experience
Fixed Term

About The Role

We are looking for an experienced Pipeline Technical Director to join our 2D department here at Blue Zoo! As a Technical Director, you’ll work with our artists, production and pipeline teams helping  develop our 2D (Harmony) Pipeline. You’ll be working with a range of art departments from storyboards through to animation and compositing with the goal of delivering efficient and sustainable workflows. You will also liaise with our IT team and third-party software providers to support the technical needs of the production.



Day to Day:

  • Report to Head of 2D Animation Pipeline to help prioritise tool development and workflow improvements across the studio.
  • Support artists working in our upcoming 2D production, acting as primary support for technical problems
  • Develop, maintain and document tools used in the production
  • Review additional tools ( commercial & open source ) for inclusion in our pipeline
  • Assist with training to develop the technical skills of other team members
  • Assist workflow improvements and documentation of production and tracking tools
  • Work with the rest of the Pipeline team and the IT team to support technology within the studio in general
  • Assist with support tickets to artist software vendors (ToonBoom, Adobe, Ftrack)
  • Anticipate issues before they become emergencies and coordinate solutions

About You

Must Have:

  • Production experience in either Toon Boom Harmony or Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
  • Professional experience in one of either Storyboarding, Editing, Animation, Rigging, FX, Compositing
  • Toon Boom Scripting knowledge (Javascript preferable) 
  • Able to take direction and work collaboratively with team members of varying backgrounds
  • Fluency in English
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Excited to learn on the job, staying up to date with new tools and techniques in the industry

Bonus Points:

  • Ftrack (or other production tracking software)
  • Photoshop tool development
  • Premiere Pro tool development
  • Maya (or any software used to create 3D assets in Harmony)
  • Experience integrating 2D & 3D asset pipelines
  • Python, C#
  • Experience in pipeline development
  • Experience of using source code version control systems (Github)
  • Software development knowledge

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 along the way. 
 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we 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. 
 
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 
 
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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