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Design Trainee

Apply Now Apply Later Current 21CF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10010406 Location Greenwich, Connecticut, United States Business Blue Sky Studios Date posted Feb. 11, 2020


The Art department develops the visual look for characters, sets, and/or color scenarios for our films. Artists are responsible for clear, detailed work that will ensure easy hand off to other departments in production and facilitate the execution of the visualized concepts. Candidates should be recent grads with solid drawing, painting and design skills. Photoshop skills are necessary. Familiarity with Maya is helpful, but not required. 

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Develop characters/sets/props 

  • Gain a greater understanding of color, light, and staging in color keys

  • Execute looks in 2D and 3D to support development work

  • Develop the following skills: 

    • Consistency - maintain a constant level of quality in designs

    • Quantity - provide multiple options for every assignment

    • Communication - clearly communicate ideas and pitches 

    • Note taking - apply feedback from Mentors in subsequent iterations

  • Accountable for meeting productivity and quota targets. 


Education, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in painting, industrial design, or fine art preferred.

  • Open to graduates whose graduations dates fall within: Spring 2017 - Spring 2020

  • Strong and well developed traditional art skills, including knowledge of color, lighting, perspective, and composition

  • Strong character/environments concept drawing skills

  • Proven expertise in Photoshop techniques is required

  • Knowledge of cinematic techniques, language and shot composition

  • Innovative thinking and expressive styling that is exhibited through a body of work in animation, illustration, fine art or live action

  • Openness and ability to take creative direction 

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

  • Strong portfolio demonstrating skills, scope and abilities is require

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Blue Sky Studio management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About Blue Sky Studios:

One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Blue Sky Studios is the animation studio behind the wildly successful ICE AGE and RIO franchises, along with this year's FERDINAND animated feature film!

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 Blue Sky Studios, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Blue Sky Studios.

Blue Sky Studios, Inc. 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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