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Character Designer (Animated Sci-fi/Adventure Series)

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation
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.
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Skydance Animation is looking for a Character Designer for WONDLA, our first CG Animated Series for Apple TV+. Character Design style: think Overwatch meets JC Leyendecker.
Reports into the Production Designer.
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Responsibilities

  • Create art for project concepts, characters (and textures are a plus).
  • Generate work in the form of sketches, rough designs, and final character designs.
  • Create character turnarounds and character poses in 2D and/or CG vis dev models.
  • Perform research that will inform the design of the work.
  • Create presentation materials as needed.
  • Brainstorm inventive ideas that support the storytelling; to add depth, humor, emotion and resonance to visual concepts.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and/or animal anatomy. 
  • Bring creative solutions, receive feedback well, and be able to iterate on creative ideas.
  • Meet scheduling deadlines. 
  • Ensure files are organized to the show specific versioning system.
  • Proactively communicate production issues/questions/concerns.
  • Make any changes or revisions and re-submit to Production Designer for approval.  
  • Communicate with Design Supervisor & Production Manager regarding status of work and any problems that arise.  
  • Basic Qualifications

  • Design experience on commercial film/show and an understanding of how an Art Department functions. 
  • A comprehensive understanding of visual storytelling. 
  • Advanced knowledge of Photoshop.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, communicate clearly, present work, be a team-player.
  • Knowledge of anatomy.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision both independently or collaboration within a group.
  • Able to adapt to shifting priorities and story changes.
  • Legally authorized to work in the US.
  • Requirement to be, or become, a member in good standing of the Animation Guild (Local 839).
  • Pluses

  • Practical knowledge of Costume Design experience and ability to provide material call-outs/texturing.
  • Working knowledge of Maya, Blender, and Zbrush.
  • Ability to indicate materials.
  • 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.
     
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.