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Lead Character Designer

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
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…
As the Lead Character Designer, you will hold a key role in creating art assets and maintaining the established aesthetic of the characters throughout the production process. You will follow the style and guidelines of the Production Designer and lead the other Character Designers in making sure that the entire team is working one, unified, appealing style.

Requirements

  • Create high-quality art assets, supplying enough information for 3D modeling developments.
  • Interpret script descriptions and provide accurate and original designs.
  • Coordinate with the Modeling Department to recreate designs in 3D.
  • Adapt designs depending on changes of concepts and/or script.
  • Focus energy on delivering quality work on time with huge levels of responsibility, autonomy and technical command.
  • Clearly meet expectations on the duties assigned with low supervision, encouraging and inspiring some other less experienced colleagues to do so.
  • Act as a mentor inside and outside the team, establishing an effective working relationship and fluid communication environment, contributing to the individual and group achievement of objectives.
  • Keep up on current artistic methodologies and on technology trends and tools that best suit the production and the company.
  • Work together with the team providing support, guidance and instruction in areas that contribute towards their artistic and professional growth.
  • Delegate assets to the other character designers on the team and manage their workflow / deadlines.
  • Follow the Production Designer’s guidance.
  • Qualifications

  • 4+ years of professional experience in VFX or animation industries.
  • Strong creative and technical skills and ability to share them.
  • Understanding of human and animal anatomy and movement.
  • Highly skilled in expressing, transmitting and presenting new ideas, tasks and results.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Work well under pressure.
  • Portfolio of character designs in a range of styles showing personality and range of emotions. (Please include password if necessary.)
  • 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.

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