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VFX Supervisor

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10052313 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Jun. 05, 2023

Job Summary:

The VFX Supervisor is responsible for the overall management of the CG production on the show and for guiding the Director(s) in the execution of the film.  They must translate the Directors’ and Art Directors’ creative vision into an action plan, including workflows, tech initiatives, staffing plans, artistic goals and pipeline evolution.  The VFX Supervisor is a leader of leaders and will be called upon to foster a collaborative, healthy and inclusive team and studio culture.

This is a regular, full-time, staff position located in our Vancouver studio.  Relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstances.


  • Responsible for creating the necessary look as designed by the Director(s) and Art Director(s) within budget parameters.  This includes partnering with the Director(s) at launches and approvals to ensure that creative goals and technical requirements are met.

  • Partner with Art Director(s) in supervising early CG visual development.

  • Offer suggestions and alternatives during dailies or other creative reviews that may help the Director(s) achieve their desired vision within the production/budget process.

  • Partner with production management to make sure that the requests from the Director(s) and the CCO are prioritized and provide solutions that can be accomplished within the production schedule.

  • Provide input during the look development/design phase to create feasibility for the production.

  • In conjunction with the Head of CG, is responsible for ensuring that the pipeline is in place and providing the efficient work environment for the team.

  • Oversee Tech Supervisor and work with the Head of CG and Director of Technology to ensure that adequate rendering resources and disk space are provided to the show in accordance with studio allocations.

  • Highlight the cost implications of requests to help Producer make informed decisions about story, staging and production design.

  • Responsible for visual complexity of the film.

  • Responsible to Production leadership for the overall schedule.

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 Production Management, and Department Managers, inspires and motivates the project team.

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

  • Deliver performance reviews with Production Management and the Head of CG and/or Artistic Director to direct reports; help manage career growth of direct reports; provide recommendations for promotions.

Collaboration & Communication:

  • Take lead in interdepartmental integration and communication.  Arbitrate decisions when there is disagreement.  Provide continuity and unity across the CG teams.

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

  • Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with their direct reports and Production leadership.

  • Provides regular updates to Production and Studio leadership on the progress, health, and direction of the team.

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

Studio Stewardship:

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

  • Engages in the creation and/or consultation of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.

  • Partners closely with peers and Department Managers to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation.


  • Minimum 5-years of work experience as a VFX Supervisor, CG Supervisor, Technical Supervisor, or other production department head on animated film(s) or long-form animated series.

  • Extensive knowledge of CG pipelines and workflows.

  • Thorough understanding of the process of filmmaking, including script, boards and designs.

  • Experience with the recruitment, training and supervision of CG artists.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • A demonstrable blend of technical and artistic skills.

  • A body of work that displays good creative instincts and attention to detail.

  • Ability to negotiate and navigate challenging situations and competing priorities.

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer graphics, film, or fine art is a plus.

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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