Nerd Corps Entertainment Seeking Art Director for Monster High (Vancouver)
Nerd Corps Entertainment, established in 2002, is one of North America’s largest privately owned animation studios, boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome. With six shows in production, there is always a genre or character to keep you interested and challenged. But we’re more than just an animation studio. Our 400 creatives build stories, worlds, and experiences for kids that cut across platforms from television to online, games, toys, mobile—wherever kids are spending time. We handle all stages of our process in-house, from the IP creation and development to post-production, finance, sales and distribution, licensing and consumer products, and interactive development, making us a rarity in the industry. Our studio near Vancouver’s trendy Commercial Drive is a vibrant mixture of rookies and veterans, where those fresh out of college can continue learning from mid-career and senior artists, and where every level of experience can make the most of their talent on some of the best kids shows and games in the world.
Leo, Gemini, Emmy…been there, won that.
Come work for an award-winning studio and make cartoons, not war.
About the Position
As the art director for Monster High, you will play a key role in controlling the overall visual direction of this billion dollar brand. That’s right—one billion dollars! Working closely with Mattel, you will create cutting-edge, appealing and fresh new looks for each Monster High show by infusing them with the latest trends in design, fashion, and pop culture. This is an exciting opportunity for an art director to be a driving force on one of the top girls’ brands in the world today.
Establish and refine show style
Develop and oversee show specific style guide and communicate it to the design team
Ensure viability while maximizing artistic objectives
Collaborate with clients on designs that need special direction
Directly contribute to project design
Collaborate with VFX and modelling departments to ensure render style matches show art direction
Attend breakdown meetings and provide input from the art department’s point of view
Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
Provide detailed direction to design team
Elevate the creative level of products coming out of Nerd Corps
Proactively ensure that concepts, designs and desired outputs are obtained within the project timeline and budget
Identify possible solutions to a problem and select the best option
Identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and to obtain results while meeting schedules, deadlines and performance goals
Adapt traditional methods, concepts, models, designs, technologies or systems to new applications and devise new approaches to improve current processes and work flow
Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as being involved in the selection and orientation process
Oversee the daily activities of the design team
Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development, provide performance feedback, mentor, assist with resolving performance issues and maintain positive morale amongst the team
Foster and enable cross-departmental communication and collaboration
Work with production team to identify appropriate staffing levels and needs
Demonstrate optimism and positive expectations of others
Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources, and use previous measurable performance to establish goals within projected timeframe
Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to assist the growth and development of the design team
Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development
5+ years art direction experience in animation or television world
BA/BFA degree in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset
Understanding of the translation from 2D artwork to 3D models
Must have strong 3D design experience for animation
Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills
Experience leading strategic brainstorming sessions, creative brief development and creative execution
Excellent communication skills (able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas)
Experience in supervising and training, as well as leadership qualities
THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the Nerd Corps 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.
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