Animation - Madrid

Art Director

Madrid, Spain Animation - Madrid
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
Skydance Animation is seeking an Art Director for an upcoming CG animated feature film. The Art Director will create, articulate and reinforce the visual style of the film to the entire crew, based on the Director’s and Productions Designer’s vision. Using artistic, communication and management skills, the Art Director will be responsible for the execution of the film’s vision throughout the production, solving varied creative challenges to ultimately produce a beautiful film within budget.


  • Communicate and oversee the execution of the Director’s vision of the film throughout the film-making process, along with the Production Designer
  • Manage the Art Department through inspirational leadership, creating and communicating the style of the film, with a focus on sets, props, and color
  • Provide art references that illustrate the artistic goal and vision of the film to all departments
  • Execute and reinforce the visual style in all film sequences, creating visual complexity, keeping in mind the story and emotional intent, and finding solutions to complex issues that are outside of the film’s budget
  • Provide notes and mentoring to artistic staff on your production, including regular feedback, guidance, and, when necessary, conflict resolution and performance reviews in partnership with Human Resources
  • Attend all department rounds and approvals and stay up to speed on production schedule, milestones and changes that affect the film
  • Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience supervising an Art Department, preferably on animated feature films
  • Expert knowledge of color theory and design principles
  • Ability to create and design innovative styles and methods
  • Excellent draftsmanship, particularly as pertains to perspective- both architectural and natural environments, as well as anatomy- human and animal
  • Expert knowledge of Photoshop and other relevant software
  • Knowledge of CG animation pipeline
  • Strong management and organizational skills
  • Proficient in English
  • Knowledge of Spanish is a plus
  • Must be open to relocate in Madrid if not currently a resident
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    Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
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