Lead Animator (Speculative Application)

  • Film
  • Montreal, Canada

Lead Animator (Speculative Application)

Job description

*Framestore Montreal is now opening Speculative applications starting around summer 2021 in Animation. Please note: we will only consider these as speculative applications at this time. This is for you to let us know of your availability and interest in joining our team in the coming months. Once the recruitment process officially starts, we will be in touch if your application is a fit for our ongoing needs.*

Lead Animators set an example of quality, communication, and dedication within the team. They lead small teams of animators, supporting Animation Supervisors both creatively and technically.

Responsibilities:
  • Set an example for animation quality within the Animation Dept.
  • Work closely with the Animation Supervisor to produce high-quality animation and create compelling, story-driven and action-packed moments that fit within the style and pacing of the film
  • Support the Animation Supervisor by leading the animation of a sequence or character. Provide creative and technical feedback to your team.
  • Working closely with the Rigging, Production and Pipeline departments providing suggestions and feedback to improve character setup, visual quality, rigs and tool functionality
  • Ongoing communication with Production, Supervisors and other Leads regarding schedules and deadlines
  • Working efficiently as part of a team, or independently, to complete assigned shots
  • Submitting shots for review and follow through with notes and feedback
  • Meeting schedules and show deadlines
  • Continuing to become familiar with new tools, software, data and other related technology

Job requirements

Essential Skills:
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • A proven understanding of performance and acting, physical motion, weight, balance, texture and form
  • A proven understanding of body mechanics and physicality for creature and animal movement
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • A thorough knowledge of Maya
  • A demonstrable commitment to creative collaboration within a team and with other departments
  • Reliable, with good time keeping and the ability to meet deadlines
  • 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
  • Adaptability and the willingness to learn new processes and technical skills

Desirable Skills:
  • An understanding of story, acting and film-making
  • A traditional animation and/or art background
  • Knowledge of human and animal anatomy
  • A working knowledge of Modeling, Rigging and Mel/Python scripting
  • Previous experience working with motion capture data
  • Ability to work under pressure
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