Full Time Job

TV Animation Director - CG


Glendale, CA 10-29-2020
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description


At DreamWorks Animation Television, our CG Animation Director works closely with the VP, Animation Production and show Creative Leadership to establish and maintain the Animation style of the show. The CG Animation Director assesses scripts and storyboards to ensure they align with the CG production pipeline and guides the filmmaking, continuity, and staging of each segment, ensuring that all deliverables align with the production's schedule, technical specifications, and creative vision of the series.

DreamWorks Animation Television has an exciting new opportunity for a CG Animation Director to join its team. This position is covered by the Animation Guild.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Collaborate with the in-house Development Team, show Creative Leadership and Partner Studio(s) at the start of the series to determine and develop the look of the show, this includes evaluating and negotiating proposed ideas throughout the pre-build process to ensure they are producible within the CG pipeline
• Lead and inspire the team during initial animation handouts to our Partner Studio(s)
• Communicate the style of the show to the Partner Studio(s) Animation team and be responsible for upholding that style through the series
• Attend meetings early in the process (board pitches, animatic reviews, etc.) to understand the episode's direction and requirements prior to animation beginning to ensure that the creative vision is achieved across the series
• Collaborate with Partner Studio(s) to create, review, and approve pose libraries for episodic characters
• Responsible for delivery of BG reference to our Partner Studio(s) indicating shot setup, including area of the set to be used, camera, character, and prop positions
• Maintain active involvement throughout the design process to ensure designs meet the needs of the series
• Manage and collaborate with the show specific CG Team to ensure the creative vision of the series is upheld
• Review episodic animation at all stages of production and provide feedback and noted direction to Animators and Partner Studio(s)
• Responsible for ensuring animation notes are provided via Shotgun and create any layout, key poses, and drawover notes necessary to enable Partner Studio(s) to complete the segment

• Expert knowledge of Maya
• Possess solid technical expertise and understanding of models and rigs
• Exceptional character performance aesthetic
• Ability to review and provide direction for cloth and hair sims
• Strong attention to detail and outstanding organizational skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong leader and team player who genuinely enjoys working with and inspiring others
• Proven ability to work in a high-pressure environment under tight deadlines
• Travel to international Partner Studio(s)

Desired Characteristics
• At least 5 years of animation experience in a Supervisory capacity
• Television animation experience strongly preferred
• Experience with asset management software, Shotgun preferred
• Experience working with international Partner Studio(s) is a plus
• Bachelor's Degree preferred