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Animator (Contract)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10083971 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Mar. 15, 2024

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios has an exciting opportunity for Animators to join the team at our Vancouver, BC studio. Be part of the longest running animation team in history. Work alongside legends. Use your animation powers for good and touch the hearts of millions of people around the globe. We want talented CG Character Animators who show exceptional understanding of acting, appeal, entertainment, weight, locomotion, anatomy, and dialogue. We want artists with a strong point of view who put a personal spin on their work. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance. 

Responsibilities

  • Effectively tell the story in a meaningful way through vivid and compelling character acting and movement

  • Create quality animation using digital tools for feature films and other related projects

  • Work closely with Directors and Animation Supervisors in a feature film environment:

  • Receive assigned shots in sequence review with the Directors providing general guidance

  • Plan shots with an understanding of story/character context

  • Block animation, most commonly using audio dialog track

  • Clearly show performance ideas and shot blocking in Director review (animation dailies)

  • Collaborate with and take direction from Directors and Animation Supervisors

  • Implement changes and completely finish shots in accordance with production schedule

  • Develop a working knowledge of necessary production tools

  • Maintain an open and professional demeanor regarding direction, changes and shifting requirements

Requirements

  • A reel that is no more than 2 minutes in length of character animation that illustrates visual storytelling, believable expressions, emotional states, weight, physics, balance, appeal, entertainment, clear timing, and staging

  • Ideally at least 2 years of production experience

  • Proficiency in Maya or equivalent software preferred but not required

  • Background in traditional hand-drawn, computer, or stop-motion animation

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 


The hiring range for this position in British Columbia, Canada is C$100,300 to C$145,420 per year. This hiring range covers candidates who are considered experienced to expert level. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A full range of medical, financial, and/or other variable pay or benefits, may be offered dependent on the level and position offered.

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. Disney Animation 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 our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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