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Crowds Artist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10068200 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 23, 2023

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios is looking for an inspired Crowd Artist, with strong artistic abilities layered on top of solid technical foundations, to work on populating our features with world-class crowds. They will be an essential part of the film-making process, utilizing a variety of assets and manipulating movement to match the project’s style, and the Director's creative vision.

Hybrid and Remote opportunities for our Vancouver Studio are specific to remote work within the province of British Columbia.


  • Develop and maintain crowds technology and tools

  • Design and implement crowd character behaviors and set ups

  • Support the story by populating scenes with crowd character assets and animation

  • Strong problem solving skills, identifying opportunities to improve tool and pipeline efficiency 

  • Team player, willing to collaborate with peers to address creative notes and resolve technical issues

  • Able to accurately communicate task estimates and consistently meet deadlines 

  • Proactive and forthcoming with solutions and ideas, exhibiting openness to knowledge sharing 

Resume/Demonstrated Skills Should Include:

  • Strong interest in Particle Systems, AI/Machine learning, or crowds system (agent/brain design, simulation, and behavior)

  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python

  • Experience with commercial graphics packages such as Maya and Houdini

  • Experience with the Linux or Unix operating system

  • Experience with Object Oriented programming such as C++ a plus

  • Experience with USD a plus

  • Knowledge of film language and demonstrates strong compositional skills

  • A refined eye for detail, natural movement and timing

  • Solid understanding of the production processes and pipelines of CG Animation, VFX, or Video Game productions

  • Understanding of rigging and animation techniques

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, taking direction well

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields, or equivalent experience.

Visual examples of images exemplifying work in this area are requested for review. Additionally, please include a resume and reel breakdown with your online profile.  

The hiring range for this position in British Columbia, Canada is C$112,370 to C$145,420 per year. This hiring range covers candidates who are considered 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 with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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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