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Environment Designer (CG 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…
Generates environmental designs, drawings, models, floor plans, and set dressing, while ensuring style and quality of show is met.  #Animation

Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team to contribute to the vision for the project.
  • Create Environments for project 2D concepts and/or 3D vis dev models.
  • Generate work in the form of sketches and (drawings, set designs, isometric drawings, and 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.
  • Bring creative solutions, receive feedback well, and be able to iterate on creative ideas.
  • Meet scheduling deadlines.
  • Proactively communicate production issues/questions/concerns.
  • Communicate progress of work to the Production Designer and Production staff.
  • Ensure files are organized to the show specific versioning system.
  • Ensure all shipping materials are prepared and ready on time.
  • Support Previs with designs and/or Vis Dev models.
  • Proactively communicate production issues/questions/concerns.
  • Make any changes or revisions and re-submit to Production Designer for approval.
  • Communicate with Production Designer and Production Manager regarding status of work and any problems that arise.  
  • If applicable, make special shadow and color indications.
  • Basic Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of perspective and/or 3D skills.
  • Design experience on commercial film/show and an understanding of how an Art Department functions. 
  • Ability to create a wide variety of fantastical/sentient plants and alien life.
  • A comprehensive understanding of visual storytelling. 
  • Advanced knowledge of Photoshop and/or Maya, Blender, Zbrush (depending on discipline).
  • Ability to work collaboratively, communicate clearly, present work, be a team-player.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision both independently or collaboration within a group
  • Able to adapt to shifting priorities and story changes.
  • Requirement to be, or become, a member in good standing of the Animation Guild (Local 839).
  • Pluses

  • Ability to indicate rough lighting either through 2D drawings or CG renders.
  • Presentation skills such as creating animated flythroughs for environments.
  • 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.