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DHX Media Recruiting Storyboard Artists, Animators, Designers & Senior Character TD

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STORYBOARD ARTISTS, ANIMATORS, DESIGNERS

DHX Media – Vancouver is an award-winning animation studio, which has produced over 300 half hours of original children’s shows. We are also proud to employ a team of more than 200 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers. We have a great artist-centric environment, staff events like our annual Art Show and Summer BBQ, extended health benefits, and an in-house gym. Did we mention our studio is also dog-friendly?

We’re currently seeking artists to join us in Storyboards, Animation and Design on exciting Flash Animation Series such as Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony and Dr. Dimensionpants! If you’re passionate about collaborating with a team of creative individuals dedicated to creating quality animation and having FUN, come work with us!

Positions & Start Dates:

Designer (Board Pulls) – October
Character Cleanup Artist – October
Character Rotations Artist – November
Storyboard Artist – November & February
Storyboard Revisionist – December
Key Animation/Posing Artist – November & December
Animation Revisionist – December & January
Animation Supervisor – November & March

Qualifications:

Degree/Diploma from a recognized animation program;
Previous work experience on an animated television series (2D / Flash) preferred;
Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner;
Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize;
Desire to work as part of a team;
A sharp wit and a great sense of humour!

To apply, send your Resume & Online Portfolio to: recruiting@dhxmedia.com, stating the position you’re applying for in the Subject line. Please note that you must be a Canadian citizen or legally eligible to work in Canada.
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SENIOR CHARACTER TD

Job Type: Contract
Start Date: July-August 2013
Location: Halifax, NS, Canada

DHX Media Studio (Halifax) Ltd., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia is an international leader in children’s television production. We are currently seeking an experienced Character TD to join our growing team. This is a creative and technical problem-solving position which requires a solid understanding of Maya. This person would assistant members of the rigging team to grow artistically, as well as, technically, to achieve a high level of visual and technical quality for all assets.

Responsibilities & Duties:
Design, create, and maintain character and vehicle set ups.
Collaborate with the modellers to create a model that meets technical needs.
Work with animators to design motion controls.
Write utility scripts and programs to streamline setup processes.
Assist with R&D and tool building to improve and add to character rigging pipeline.
Communicate new tools and techniques to members of the department.
Setting up characters with skeletons and or deformers.
Ensure rigs created are accurate and effective.
Work with management to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines set by the production.
Keep CG Supervisor and/or leads and management informed of progress, changes and other critical issues.

Required Skills & Experience:
4+ years of production experience working with Maya.
Expert understanding of FK/IK skeletal animation systems for both control and deformation of 3D characters (stylised and realistic).
Knowledge of production pipeline.
Knowledge of constraints and hierarchal constraints.
Organic modeling skills and a strong understanding of animation principles.
Strong problem solving skills.
Ability to rig different styles of characters using both deformable and non-deformable rigging.
Solid understanding of facial anatomy will be invaluable.
Ability to set an example for all team members by regularly demonstrating strong work ethics, quality of work, teamwork, motivation.
Degree or equivalent certificate in Computer Science, Animation, Mathematic, or demonstrable experience in related field.
Dynamic simulation development an asset.
Experience rigging complex character/vehicle set-ups.
Experience writing MEL scripts and automating rigging processes critical.
Knowledge of Python an asset.
Candidates MUST be Canadian citizens or already have Landed Immigrant status in Canada.

This opportunity is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and requires relocating to this city for the duration of the term.

Interested candidates please email their resume to halifaxjobs@dhxmedia.com

Please note: All applications for this position will be considered, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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