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Crowds Supervisor

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10007996 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Jul. 15, 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:

The Crowds Supervisor plays an integral role in the production team. In collaboration with the show leadership, they will aid in determining the creative and technical approach for the generation of all crowd imagery for the show, using simulation techniques to populate large numbers of characters, animals, and vehicles that deliver compelling performances. This is a regular, full time, staff position that will be located at our Vancouver, BC studio. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.

Role Specifics

  • Supervise a Crowds team, working in conjunction with the show leadership, to identify and implement crowd production workflow processes, enabling the Director’s vision to be realized.

  • Collaborate with show leadership to plan, prepare, and produce all crowd assets/shots for the show.

  • Collaborate closely with the identified Animation Supervisor who is tasked with crowd cycle generation

  • Participate in the coordination of Production/Technology crowd tool development specific for the show and in context with the Studio as a whole.

  • Direct the continuing maintenance and optimization of the entire crowd production process.


  • Responsible for consumability and efficiency of artist deliverables into downstream departments. 

  • Participates in department processes, bidding, and reviews.

  • Assesses resource needs and collaborates with department leadership in helping find staffing solutions. 

 Leading People

  • Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice, and addressing bias when it occurs. 

  • Guides the creative and technical vision/expectations for the team members. 

  • In tight conjunction with the VFX Supervisor, Production Management, and Department Manager, inspires and motivates the team. 

  • Contributes to the overall craft and development of team members through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability. 


  • Models and fosters a collaborative work environment between individuals on the team and across departments. 

    • Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other supervisors.


  • Provides regular updates to direct leaders on the progress, health, and direction of the team. 

  • Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates. 

Studio Stewardship

  • Studio Culture- Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels. 

  • Technology, Tools, and Workflow- Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.

  • Department Stewardship- Partners closely with peers and Department Manager to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation.  Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists. 

Recommended Experiences

  • Minimum 2 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.

  • Experience as a Crowd Supervisor or similar role in CG Animation and/or Visual Effects production.

  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools and workflows as they relate to the discipline you would be leading. 

  • Understanding of the disciplines/craft which they would be leading.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Art, Illustration, Cinema Studies, Computer Graphics, Engineering or equivalent experience.

  • Has a combined technical and creative background.

  • Experience with all aspects of computer graphics.

  • Experience and technical understanding of digital pipeline issues.

  • Ability to architect new technology and write code where required.

  • Strong knowledge of each of the following technical areas:

    • Maya®

    • Houdini®

    • 3D Modeling, Rigging, Camera and Animation, Simulation and Effects

    • 3D Texture painting and mapping techniques

    • 3D Lighting and Compositing techniques

    • The Unix/Linux environment

    • Python scripting

    • C/C++

  • Skill in the following areas is desired:

    • Traditional drawing, painting, design and/or sculpture

    • Knowledge of anatomy, kinematics and physical behaviors

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. 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 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, Encanto, releasing November 2021. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, 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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Vancouver Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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