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Rainmaker Recruiting Animation Director & Surfacing Artist

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Animation Director – Mainframe TV – Bob the Builder

Category: Animation Director
Company: Rainmaker
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Rainmaker is crewing up for our first CG animated preschool TV series!!! Bob the Builder is looking for a talented Animation Director who is creative and will inspire the animation crew with their exceptional leadership skills. For this opportunity we are looking for a professional, experienced director who has been in the animation industry for at least 5 years. He/she really has to understand how animated series are constructed and thrive working at a fast pace while maintaining the creative consistency. This contract is for at least a year.

PRIMARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Defines the creative style of a project’s animation.
Defines and implements techniques and processes that help realize and enhance the performance of characters.
Ensures that the animation team is motivated to achieve the highest standards possible within the parameters of the production plan.
Oversees character consistency throughout film, ensuring that key character and story moments are supported through performance.
Evaluates and casts animators to characters/sequences/shots that best suit to their skill set.
Collaborates with creative and technical staff to ensure animation feasibility within the confines of schedule and budget.
Maximizes re-use where applicable.
Collaborates with Producer and HR on managing performance. Responsible for completing artist’s performance reviews.
Attends meetings and coordinates efforts with other production staff and supervisors to facilitate optimal production flow.
Provides vision, feedback, motivation and support to the team.
Provides coaching, mentoring and training as necessary.
Partners with production management in tracking and ensuring the on-time delivery of high quality shots.
Ensures that the animators are achieving balance, composition and timing requirements in a way that supports performance, story and character.
Guides animators, leads and supervisors to creatively enhance material in order to achieve set standards of performance and complexity.
Interprets, implements, and facilitates notes and feedback from Director in a timely manner and of highest quality.
Adheres to digital file management protocols.
Supports and integrates the values of Rainmaker, which includes a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.
Additional duties as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:

Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience is required.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Expert understanding of principles of animation.
Superior knowledge of anatomy, perspective and composition.
Advanced knowledge of modeling, character rigging and facial animation.
Highly skilled in classical animation, stop animation or claymation.
Advanced level of proficiency in using Maya is required.
Must demonstrate outstanding storytelling, filmmaking, creative and artistic abilities.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; ability to clearly pitch and present story, art materials etc.
Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others.
Ability to collaborate and facilitate feedback requested by executives and/or clients.
Demonstrated excellent leadership skills; ability to direct and inspire a crew to deliver high quality animation.
Ability to communicate process, plans and concepts and set clear expectations.
Highly motivated, solid work ethic and positive attitude, flexible and calm demeanor. Ability to work well under pressure. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
Creatively solves problems, makes decisions in a timely manner and accepts accountability for own actions.
Efficient and detail oriented. Thorough knowledge of the production process. Knowledge of the pipeline is considered an asset.
Outstanding problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively. Actively improves skill set to remain at cutting edge of industry trends.
Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.

Apply here:- recruiting@rainmaker.com
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Surfacing Artist – Mainframe TV – Bob the Builder

Category: Other
Company: Rainmaker
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

We are looking for Surfacing Artists for Bob the Builder!!! We can’t say much about it now, just that we are thrilled to start building our future in television with this preschool series. If you area digital painter GURU who loves to enhance the appearance of characters, props…etc…then this job is perfect for you! Past experience in episodic animation is a definite plus!

PRIMARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Under the leadership of the Surfacing Supervisor and the Leads, the Surfacing Artist Designs, creates and implements textures by using digital painting, image mapping or photographic techniques based on the determined look of a show.
Collaborates with the lighting and shading teams to ensure techniques are being achieved and processes are followed.
Collaborates with modeling, lighting, rigging and effects teams to troubleshoot creative and technical issues.
Quality checks that all elements are final, approved and ready for lighting department.
Collaborates with compositing artists in order to manage render time required and final delivery.
Interprets and implements notes and feedback from Director(s) and or supervisors in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
Adheres to digital file management protocols.
Supports and integrates the values of Rainmaker that being a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.
Additional duties as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:

Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience preferred.

TV/DVD Production

2-3+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Experience in UV mapping and texture layout using Maya.
Proficiency using a variety of rendering tools including Mental Ray, Renderman, Maya and Mudbox is required.
Advanced painting skills with a strong understanding of color theory and application.
Eye for detail and good design sense is essential.
Experience in advanced surfacing techniques such as global illumination and subsurface scattering.
Strong verbal and presentation skills with the ability to communicate ideas clearly. Practices attentive and active listening. Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Director/Supervisor.
Open to and encourages feedback and new initiatives. Shares information and techniques with team members.
Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work under pressure. Self-motivated and pro-active. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
Efficient and detail oriented.
Strong problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.
Makes decisions in a timely manner. Accepts accountability for own actions.
Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.

Apply here:- recruiting@rainmaker.com
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