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2021 Talent Development - Look Development Trainee

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 767326BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 05, 2020

Job Summary:

Join us for an opportunity to experience the art of animation and be a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Talent Development Trainee Program is available for emerging artists for up to a 12 month paid position at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Join us for an immersive Trainee experience, that offers a chance to understand the depth of your skills, refine and strengthen key areas, apply them in our real world environment, and work under the guidance of a Disney Mentor.

The Look Development Trainee Program begins February 2021. Please note, the safety and well-being of our teams is very important to us. We will be determining whether this program will be in-person at our Burbank, CA studio or virtual in the coming months based on local state and county ordinance. The deadline for applications is October 25, 2020, 11:59 PM PST.

The Look Development Trainee
Look Development Trainees work with the Look Development Artists to create the materials, textures, and grooms that define the look of 3D characters and environments. Look development artists should have a great eye and exceptional critical thinking skills with regards to image deconstruction.

As a Trainee, the first four months of your program are structured to introduce you to the art and technical aspects of our Look Development process, our studio culture, and our production environment. These initial months will showcase the skills and philosophies of our Look Development department while providing you nurturing mentorship with a Disney artist. A four month review provides you with real-time feedback and determines future opportunities that could bring your skills into real-time production environments.

We are looking for original thinkers with a passion and dedication toward pushing their craft and skill sets. Our studio culture thrives on bringing in unique voices and perspectives with a passion for their craft.

To apply for this position, select “Apply for Position” below to create or update your profile with a resume, reel/portfolio, and reel breakdown.


Reels/portfolios/demonstrated skills should include:

  • Experience manipulating materials to achieve a specific Art Direction
  • Ability to interpret and execute key aesthetic elements from visual development artwork into an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to physically paint
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Proficiency with Maya and Photoshop, or equivalent 3D and 2D tools
  • Knowledge of UNIX/Linux environment a plus
  • Understanding of shaders and GI Rendering a plus

Am I Eligible To Apply? We're looking for:

  • 18 years or older
  • Emerging artists with less than 5 years experience in the Animation Industry
  • Recent graduates - Degree or equivalent experience


The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Secret Lab, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Secret Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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