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Brand Art Director - Lucasfilm Games

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10015359 Location San Francisco, California, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Sep. 22, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

As a Brand Art Director, you will be responsible for providing artistic leadership across our extensive portfolio of licensed Lucasfilm console, mobile, and pc games. You will manage a talented art department and partner with Lucasfilm Games production and marketing teams, as well as our world-class developers to deliver exceptional and authentic Star Wars experiences for fans and gamers alike. The Brand Art Director leverages both artistic and licensing best practices to provide visual direction and IP guidance to our licensees across all game titles.

This position will report to the VP- Creative

Responsibilities:

  • Review all art and visual design submissions including characters, world designs, and animations, ensuring all assets meet our brand and quality standards.

  • Generate clear and concise impactful feedback and guidance in the form of reference guides, written notes, draw-overs, and/or paint-overs with the goal of aiding developers in obtaining a better understanding our IP while working towards approval status.

  • Partner with developers to establish quality and stylistic benchmarks on the target device, maintaining artistic swim lanes between new and existing games.

  • Effectively collaborate with Lucasfilm Games Production and Marketing to prioritize creative feedback, align around a shared vision, and meet our timeline commitments.

  • Accountable for the performance and management of the art department, setting clear goals and expectations, and prioritizing games and tasks while allowing team to manage day-to-day assignments and decisions.

  • Grow art team's core competencies through talent development and mentoring while building an inclusive and positive team culture.

  • Promoting cross discipline conversations with art department and work towards a collaborative mindset between our developers, production, marketing, and franchise teams.

  • Present a game's artistic vision, style, and execution to our franchise teams; effectively negotiate on behalf of developers while balancing the needs of brand.

  • Gather, develop, and provide Star Wars guidelines and reference materials for licensees.

  • Provide suggestions for new styles and executions of our characters and worlds to explore to our developers while encouraging their own creative exploration and interest.

  • Balance the requirements of our developers, brand, and key stakeholders while delivering against our collective product goals and business priorities.

  • Partner with our developers to develop style guides, game reference guides, and global pitch kits for new games to be shared across various lines of business.

  • Support the Marketing team by providing feedback on key art, logos, trailers, etc.

  • Maintain a deep understanding of Star Wars lore; stay informed on relevant additions and changes to the universe.

  • Collaborate with Creatives from across the Walt Disney Games team sharing ideas, best practices, and creative methods.

  • Act as creative advocate within the larger Consumer Products, Gaming, and Publishing organization providing valuable insight and guidance around art direction in games.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7 - 10 + years of gaming experience and has held a position of Lead Artist, Art Director for at least 2 years.

  • 10+ years of experience specifically in product development/production of console/mobile/PC games or other entertainment.

  • 5+ years of experience managing teams.

  • Excellent creative draftsmanship skills with the ability to sketch, design, and digitally paint.

  • An eye for vision and execution as demonstrated by a top-rate portfolio or demo reel.

  • Broad and deep understanding of the Star Wars brand including lore, design, and aesthetics.

  • Extensive game development experience building and supporting top grossing, critically acclaimed, AAA budgeted games on console and mobile.

  • Experience developing artwork for world-class brands.

  • Excellent understanding of the games licensing business including trade-offs, creative, and production challenges.

  • Experience providing feedback to external teams or vendors (domestic and international).

  • Ability to build and achieve consensus among multiple stakeholders, balancing the needs of the licensee, production, and brand stakeholders; always working towards solutions.

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and motivational skills with the ability to maximize individual and department performance.

  • Ability to travel to meet with partners around the globe, maintain valid US Passport.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for the entertainment industry with a focus on gaming strongly preferred.

Preferred Education:

  • B.A.in Art and/or Design or equivalent education

Additional Information:

This position is located in San Francisco, CA

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits.

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About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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 Disney Online, which is part of a business we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Online 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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