Simulation SupervisorApply NowApply Later Job ID 10015723 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 12, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible
- 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. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.
The Simulation Supervisor plays an integral role in the production team. They will work with a team of Simulation Artists, provide leadership and guidance, help them meet the high artistic standards of Disney Animation to create engaging characters, and ensure that the direction of the creative team is carried out on schedule and on budget. 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.
Work with the Head of Character Effects to realize their vision to define and implement the Character Simulation style and practices for the show.
Collaborate directly with the Art Director of Characters, Character Model Supervisor, Rigging Supervisor and Character Look Development Supervisor to realize character cloth and hair simulation which successfully encompass all artistic and technical criteria.
Partner closely with the Character Look Development Supervisor for all aspects of cloth and hair simulation requirements.
Partner with Production Management and the Head of Character Effects to make sure artists are on track to complete assignments on time and to top quality.
Supervise the creation of simulation setups for characters and props
Work with FX team and supervisor to package simulation components that are part of environment publishes
Maintain functional parity between layout, animation, and final character assets
Develop and maintain portions of the character guides, specifically in relation to the technical implementation of pertinent characteristics
Analyze cost implications of requests or changes and notify production of resource over-runs.
Manage complexity of the character simulation rigs.
Staying abreast of the development of new simulation tools.
Where necessary, participate in the creation of assets.
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.
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 Head of CFX, Production Management and AM, 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 leader on the progress, health and direction of the team.
Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
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 Artist Manager support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation. Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists.
Minimum 2 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.
Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools and workflows as they relate to the discipline you would be leading.
Bachelor's degree or higher in Art, Cinema Studies, Computer Graphics, Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience
Strong understanding of the principles of animation
Strong appreciation for the importance of optimization
Experience with complex animation rigs, skeletons, deformers, shape libraries, and procedural modeling techniques
Strong knowledge of each of the following technical areas:
Simulation techniques (hair, cloth and rigid body)
3D sculpting tools/techniques
3D texture painting and mapping tools/techniques
The Unix/Linux environment
Python and Mel scripting
Skill in the following areas is desirable:
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.