Lead Animator - Film & Episodic

  • Film
  • London, United Kingdom

Lead Animator - Film & Episodic

Job description

Animators produce the motion and performance of three-dimensional computer graphic characters, creatures, objects and crowds for high-end VFX films. 


Lead Animators will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities:


  • Lead a team of animators on a show
  • Be the key contact for production and supervisor/s. Maintain clear communication, deal with creative challenges, provide solutions and adapt to changes in production & scheduling
  • Set and manage team assignments in collaboration with the animation supervisor 
  • Have a good understanding of the animation tasks the team will be working on and the potential technical and creative challenges involved
  • Be prepared to deputise for the animation supervisor if necessary
  • Be aware of workflow templates, methodology and documentation; provide to the team where necessary 
  • Work with technology teams to ensure that department tools are available for the team and properly set up for the show 
  • Inform supervisors and Head of Department (HOD) of any advances made on a project for integration into other shows 
  • May be required to work with HOD and supervisors on bids when requested 
  • Effectively manage team to avoid potential conflict or disagreement
  • Maintain positive relationships with all other departments and address any issues promptly 
  • Attend dailies and present the work of your team; guide artists on how to present their work 
  • Coach, share knowledge and assume some responsibility for the progression of more junior members of the team
  • Provide regular feedback to the team to ensure that work is always delivered on time to the highest possible standard
  • Work with the technical animators to ensure that show wikis are kept up to date

Job requirements

Essential Skills

  • Previous experience mentoring or leading a team
  • Thorough knowledge of Maya
  • An understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture and form
  • An understanding of rigs and typical rigging set-ups, animation pipelines and transferring data between tools
  • The proven ability to work under pressure
  • Being open to direction and able to embrace change
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliable, with good time keeping and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrable commitment to creative collaboration within a team and with other departments
  • Adaptability and the willingness to learn new processes and technical skills
  • Working knowledge of modeling, rigging and Mel/Python scripting
  • Knowledge of human and animal anatomy as well as life drawing skills
  • Previous experience working with motion capture data


Desirable Skills

  • Traditional animation and/or art background


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