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Grooming Supervisor

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.
The Grooming Supervisor is the creative and technical leader of the grooming department. Their number one priority is to create the grooms for the film that supports the Director’s and Production Designer’s creative vision. They work closely with the Production Designer and Art Department to translate the vision for the film into the grooms. They provide creative and technical solutions to aesthetic problems. 

Responsibilities

  • Work with VFX Supe and/or Character Supe to create the look of the grooms including tests throughout the character development process to ensure the grooms are visually unified.  
  • Responsible for the general management of the Groom department in conjunction with the Production team and maintains the consistency and quality of look throughout production.  
  • Attends Character Dailies to provide overall department perspective for maintaining continuity and quality of work being delivered.  
  • During reviews, discuss complexity with the VFX Supervisor and offer creative input and ideas to enhance the characters. Create solutions to creative problems.  
  • Works closely with the CFX Supervisor to identify early shot groom deformation challenges for individual characters or sequences.  
  • Facilitate solving and supporting other department concerns.  
  • Works with the VFX Supervisor, TD Supervisor and CFX Supe on the design and establishment of the groom deformation pipeline, workflows and methodologies.  
  • Monitor render times and make rendering recommendations.  
  • Work with show management and production to ensure the Grooming team achieves (or exceeds) productivity expectations.  
  • Assist VFX Supervisor in monitoring continuity.  
  • Elevate issues and solutions to Associate Producer/Producer appropriately and effectively.  
  • Work with the Production team of the department to create the schedule, cast shots/assignments to artists, manage the bidding process and ensure quotas/deadlines are met for both shots and sequences.  
  • Supervise Grooming artists, assign the work to each team member according to their skills. 
  • Give guidance to the team, supervise the quality of the work and, works closely with production, in the fulfillment of deadlines 
  • Partner with Talent Acquisition during the recruiting process to help identify the best talent for the studio.  
  • Requirements

  • 8 years or more of professional experience in VFX or animation industries 
  • At least 4 years of experience as Lead in the animation industry 
  • A strong creative/technical background as proven leader in setting direction for a production and for inspiring and motivating production staff. 
  • Experience in Houdini, xGen, Yeti, or other grooming and simulation systems.  
  • Knowledge of Arnold and shading 
  • Experience in building pipelines 
  • Advanced English level  
  • Spanish oral and written, is desirable. 
  • 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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