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Animation Director

Kristina Slivarichby on Feb 26, 2020
WildBrain Studios
Vancouver, Canada
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Job Category
Animation : 2D Animation
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Pay / Salary
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Job Description
WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Animation Director to join our team for an undisclosed Peanuts Project - if you need some more of Snoopy in your life, have we got the project for you!  

You may have known us as DHX Media – we’ve recently changed our name to reflect our renewed commitment to pushing the creative and focusing on the artist experience. At WildBrain we create epic entertainment experiences for kids and family through industry leading animation. Join us and see what other great things are happening at WildBrain!  

The role:  

In such a fast-paced environment with a large volume of production work on the go, the Animation Director must be an organized team player who is capable of inspiring and leading the animation team on this iconic 2D Production in our Vancouver Studio.

You will get to:

Direct animation and provide feedback to the animation team on composition, timing, performance, staging, blocking and overall animation style 
Ensure all animation is suitable in aesthetic, function and form to support the integrity and production of the project
Collaborate with the Series Directors to prioritize client requests and changes on an ongoing basis
Oversee the daily activities of the animation team and provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback
Continually evaluate and improve story structure, shot flow, shot design and overall creative appeal
Collaborate with production management to ensure show status is effectively communicated throughout production 
Adhere to the production schedule to ensure deadlines are met
Foster and enable communication and collaboration across all departments 
Organize and manage own work and files efficiently
Work on other tasks and responsibilities as requested

You will be a great fit on our team if…  

You aspire to keep on the cutting edge of art, animation and culture
You have an exceptional ability to multi-task and prioritize
You have effective and professional communication skills both verbal and written
You are self-motivated with demonstrated initiative
You thrive in a high pressure, deadline oriented environment 

Specific skills we’d love to see…   

4+ years of experience as a 2D Animation Director for an animated production 
Excellent proficiency in ToonBoom Harmony and/or Adobe Flash/Animate
Exceptionally strong comprehension and knowledge of 2D animation and its various platforms
Experience in traditional 2D animation 
Degree/Diploma from a recognized animation school

Why work at WildBrain Studios?

At WildBrain Studios, we have awesome benefits/perks and facilities to keep you engaged, committed, and creative. We pride ourselves on our work/life balance, offer events and opportunities for socializing, exercising, and spaces to relax and recharge. Our Vancouver studio is a 75,000-square-foot space where imagination can run wild. Did we mention our studio is also dog-friendly?

For us, quality, creativity and fun go hand in hand! Our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure, and work with international partners such as Apple, Netflix, LEGO, DreamWorks, BBC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and more. We produce high quality Flash, Harmony, and Maya animated series, including Snoopy in Space, Carmen Sandiego, Go, dog. Go!, LEGO Ninjago, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Blaze and the Monster Machines, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Fireman Sam, The Deep and more.

WildBrain is dedicated to creating entertainment content that inspires, entertains and connects kids and families around the world. With some of Canada’s top creative talents, our studio is bursting with energy. If you’re looking for a fun and challenging job and to work alongside some of the industry’s best, a career at WildBrain is right for you!

THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the WildBrain Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted. WildBrain will accommodate people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs known in advance if accommodation is required.

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