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Doodle Productions Hiring CGI Character animators, leads, mids and juniors

Location: London

Doodle Productions are looking for Lead, Mid and Junior Character Animators to join us in-
house in our London Studio, for the second series of our animated kids TV Series ‘Messy Goes to Okido’.

 

Job Description

  • Animate characters and props in scenes as briefed by Series Director and Animation Director

  • Accurately follow all reference material available, including animatics, layout and launch notes

  • Prepare shots for review by Animation Director and Series Director, in a timely fashion prior to deadline

  • Incorporate any retakes and creative or logistical feedback as requested

  • Incorporate any QC or technical fixes as requested

  • Create and publish scenes which meet the technical specifications of the CG Department, to ensure all materials are ready and efficient as possible to use at all stages of the production pipeline

  • Meet the animation quotas and deadlines given by production

 

Essential Skills

  • Must have minimum a degree in 3D CGI character animation

  • Strong knowledge of / experience using Maya

  • Demonstrable aptitude for cartoony style animation and accurate lip sync

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills; ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines

  • Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in spoken English

 

Desirable Skills & Attributes:

  • Strong sense of posing, timing and performance

  • Strong ability to focus, attention to detail and understanding of the importance of continuity

  • Excellent knowledge of and aptitude for facial acting animation

  • Understanding and aptitude for comic timing and delivery

  • Sense of responsibility and ownership of one’s work; meticulous nature when it comes to checking your own work before submitting for review

  • Ability to take direction, eagerness to address constructive feedback and improve work exponentially

  • Understanding of various production pipelines; the show incorporates 3D and 2D animation and live action backgrounds

  • Proactive in seeking out new tasks and eagerness to learn from and help others in your team

  • Good problem-solving skills, adaptable and positive attitude to approaching challenges

 

Further information

  • This is a contract position.

  • Please note that this is an in-house role in our studio in East London. Candidates must have a valid EU work permit and be eligible to live and work in the UK / willing and able to relocate to London.

 

Animator Job Descriptions

  • Please read the job description carefully and only apply if you meet all the necessary criteria.

  • When applying include your latest portfolio / showreel (ideally demonstrating cartoony style animation, movement and lip sync), CV and cover letter; this will ensure the best likelihood of a response to your application.

  • Please send applications to: people@doodle-productions.com with the title ‘Messy Goes to Okido Animator Application’ and the level which you wish to apply for (junior, mid or lead).

 

Please send applications to: people@doodle-productions.com with the title ‘Messy Goes to Okido Animator Application’ and the level which you wish to apply for (junior, mid or lead).

Animation/Production Coordinator

Location: London

Doodle Productions is seeking an Animation Coordinator / Production Coordinator to join our production team for Messy Goes to Okido Series 2.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Producers with planning of the production, including day-to-day scheduling of artists and resources

  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the departments assigned, monitoring progress of tasks in those departments and flagging potential issues

  • Work closely with Team Leads & Supervisors to ensure clear communication and flow of information across all departments

  • Create and follow departmental schedules and reporting systems, based on the master production schedule and tracking system, ftrack

  • Identify existing or potential problem areas that may affect the production schedule; coordinate with Producers and Department Heads to troubleshoot and find solutions

  • Maintain tracking documents and keep asset database up to date with all necessary information, feeding accurate reports to Producers when necessary

  • Arrange internal reviews for assigned departments

  • Take notes during reviews and meetings and assign / distribute tasks accordingly

 Specific Requirements:

  • 2+ years industry experience on animated productions working as a Production Coordinator or similar role

  • Experience in 3D animation production essential, experience in 2D animation production a distinct advantage

  • A thorough knowledge of animation process and pipelines and good knowledge of the creative side of animation producing

  • Excellent knowledge of project management tools and methodologies, including Excel and Google Docs

  • Knowledge and experience with tracking software a distinct advantage, particularly ftrack

  • Knowledge and experience of creating department schedules a distinct advantage

  • Good oral and written English language communication skills

  • Strong team player with good communication skills and ability to facilitate resources across departments and divisions

  • Strong ability to multitask, work to tight deadlines and stay calm and diplomatic under pressure

  • Capable of motivating and leading teams with enthusiasm

Please send your application to people@doodle-productions.com.

 

Digital Producer

Location: London

We are looking for a Digital Producer to manage client and creative production team to ensure projects are delivered according to brief, timelines and budget.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

  • Google Docs/Gmail

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • Strong with Project Management tools/software

  • Strong understanding of the digital landscape and emergent technologies  

CREATIVE MIND

  • You will have a creative eye to review final products before they go to clients 

  • You work successfully alongside the Creative Director and Technical Director to encourage their creative ownership and development 

  • You ensure Squint/Opera standards are adhered to and inline with creative standards

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 

  • Passionate about the built environment, art and architecture

  • Sets standards of behaviour and acts as a leader and a role model

  • Approachable, flexible attitude adapts well to changing priorities 

  • Strikes the balance between creative and analytical thinking 

  • Planning and organising - leads a range of complex and simple projects, involving significant production effort and resources

  • Takes decisions which have substantial impact on the direction and/or achievement of production objectives. carefully considers the effect on the perceived quality of output

  • Skilled in applying a range of techniques to influence positive outcomes 

  • Sustains performance and remains calm and in control when under pressure or in difficult situations  

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT 

PROJECT EXEC (INTERNAL)
  • Assess project briefs with HOP and Creative Directors to establish initial pitch presentation and creative/technical concept

  • Once signed off, ensure each project is staffed according to schedule and budget

  • Regularly update and manage projects via a selection of online production tools 

  • Provide production schedules to team members and ensure teams are aware of deliverable dates - drafts and final 

  • Collate information and assets from the various parties involved and distribute these to relevant individuals on the team

  • Managing the workflow for each project to ensure all team members are aware of their responsibilities and deadlines, in order to achieve the project deliverables 

  • Keep management informed of the project's progress and deliverables and highlighting any potential problems that may arise - eg. over-spends, shortfall of resource

  • Plan working schedules and resources in line with production milestones 

  • Organise and liase with hardware and exhibition contractors and external collaborators

  • Overseeing project team output and assess areas for improvement 

PROJECT EXEC (EXTERNAL- CLIENT)
  • Establish strong client relations and act as the central point of contact for designated projects

  • Attend client meetings with relevant director/team member as required

  • Produce minutes from meetings and distribute to client/relevant team members

  • Ensure clients are aware of feedback dates and help guide them on the kind of feedback S/O requires

  • Liase with the client and project teams, to obtain necessary information on time and to answer any queries that may arise from either parties

  • Facilitate communication between production team, CD, MD and clients to ensure everyone is aware of project expectations 

  • Negotiate production variables with clients through a project's duration

REPORTING
  • Reporting directly to the Head of Production 

  • Working collaboratively with Creative and Technical Directors on projects 

  • Project Team Leads reporting to the Digital Producer on project deliverables 

FINANCIAL
  • Calculate individual project PCM's (Production Cost Multiples) based on suggested storyboards/scope of works

  • Inform HOP if PCM is expected to be above or below target so that scope of works may be amended or reduced

  • Once budget is set, monitor production costs by regularly updating PCM sheets with costs

QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrable experience (3-5 years) within Digital Project Management in a Creative Agency environment 

  • Degree Qualified in relevant field

TO APPLY

Please send your CV to people@squintopera.com with 'Digital Producer' in the subject line.

Producer

Location: London

We are searching for an inspiring individual to join our team as a hands on Producer.

Working across projects that bridge all multi-media projects with a strong focus on  Architectural Visualisation.

  • Creation of quotes and allocation of resources for new business.

  • Communicates a clear sense of direction and purpose.  

  • Inspires a high performance culture and communicates purpose and expectations clearly.

  • Assess project briefs with HOP and Creative Directors  to establish initial pitch presentation ideas and creative/technical concept.

  • Ensure each project is staffed according to schedule and budget

  • Regularly update and manage projects via a selection of online production tools

  • Provide production schedules to team members and ensure teams are aware of deliverable dates

  • Plan working schedules and resources in line with production milestones

  • Actively monitor productivity and quality of output daily

  • Plan and manage film shoots according to budget

  • Organise and liaise with contractors and external collaborators where needed

  • Ensure project milestones and delivery dates are met

  • Lead team meetings

  • Assess resources and equipment for future jobs/expansion plans

  • Establish strong client relations and act as the central point of contact for designated projects

  • Attend client meetings with relevant director/team member as required.

  • Ensure clients are aware of feedback dates and help guide them on the kind of feedback SO requires

  • Liaise with the client and project teams, to obtain necessary information on time and to answers any queries that may arise from either parties

  • Facilitate communication between production team, CD, MD and clients to ensure everyone is aware of project expectations

 

YOUR SKILL SET

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Is passionate about the built environment, art and architecture.

  • Sets standards of behaviour and acts as a leader and role model.

  • Approachable, flexible attitude, adapts well to changing priorities.

  • Strikes the balance between creative and analytical thinking.

  • Planning and Organising - leads a range of complex and simple projects, involving significant production effort and resources.

  • Takes decisions which have a substantial impact on the direction and/or achievement of production objectives.  Carefully considers the effect on the perceived quality of output.

  • Up to date knowledge of industry trends and developments

  • Sustains performance and remains calm and in control when under pressure or in difficult situations.

 

YOUR EXPERIENCE

  • Demonstrable experience (3-5 Years) within the Project Management in a Creative Agency environment.

  • Degree Qualified in relevant field.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please include a cover letter telling us why you think you would be the best fit and what you could bring to our team. Please send applications to our team at people@squintopera.com.

Senior 3D generalist (moving image 3D)

Location: London

We are looking for an enthusiastic 3D generalist to be part of our London team.

Overview

Works with the Creative Director, 3d Leads and Producers to make sure project production process is smooth and shots within budget. Manages the technical aspects of projects, will focus on one large or several small projects at one time so must be flexible and able to prioritise. Work with the Pipeline Developer and Head of 3D to implement change to process and workflow where required.


About you
  • You are deeply passionate about working on architectural visualisation and strive to be the best in your field.
  • Incredible attention to detail and enjoys solving problems / anticipating
  • Good at estimating time for tasks and creating process to make tasks more efficient
  • Keeps up with industry trends
  • You are friendly and enjoy working in an open studio environment.

Responsibilities
  • Work alongside Creative Directors, Producers and team leads to deliver high quality work within deadline, budget and to client brief.
  • Acting as the Technical Lead on stills and/or animation projects.
  • Discussing creative direction and being able to estimate the time and resources that will be needed to complete the project as well as coming up with more time efficient solutions to creative problems
  • Ability to identify any issues that might come up, flag at beginning of project and create ways of managing and solving technical issues whilst maintaining quality 
  • Have a good understanding of the workflow and pipeline for stills and film.
  • Manage project deliverables and quality of output.
  • Collaborate with project members and help decide on the need for any new tools that can help with the production.
  • Very interested in all aspects of 3d graphics.

Skills
  • Experience 3DS Max, Nuke and VRay essential
  • 3D Animation skills, with an emphasis on moving image
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe creative suite, with an expert hand in Photoshop.
  • Thorough knowledge of modeling/texturing/lighting/rendering of 3d architectural scenes.
  • Understanding of film-making and experience compositing 3D into filmed shots
  • Knowledge of scripting an advantage

Pipeline Technical Director

Location: London

At Squint Opera the Pipeline TD is responsible for developing and maintaining the production pipeline, liaising between different departments and providing solutions to technical problems.

The right candidate will be able to increase the overall efficiency of the studio, and contribute to improving the quality of work being done.

This role will see you predominantly partner between various divisions inside of the business, including our Architectural Visualisation, VFX, Interactive and TV production pipelines. This is an en exacting opportunity for the right person to work in a progressive and forward thinking team on how to merge pipelines and provide tools to all our team in a seamless fashion. You will be responsible for really driving innovation across our teams and taking ownership on how best to do this.

Key tasks
  • Maintain current production pipeline maintain various systems, primarily supporting the 3D Max pipeline using maxscript

  • Analyse current workflows and provide plans on how they can be improved

  • Develop new tools to further increase productivity across the board

  • Assist with planning difficult or unusual production shots

  • Supporting the artists with technical issues

  • Assist with production work if required

  • Troubleshoot technical problems as they arise

  • Analyse and design improved workflows

  • Ensure company standards are being met

  • Develop new tools to support artists

  • Keep up to date with industry trends


Key s
kills required:
  • Scripting ability to a professional level.

  • Knowledge of  Python, V-Ray, MAXScript, web API (ftrack, shotgun) Deadline, Maya, JavaScript, mySQL,

  • Ability to analyse systems and design new systems

  • High degree of problem solving skill required, and the ability to rapidly learn new software/tech

  • Passion for improving studio output through enabling others

  • Excellent communication, and willingness to be a technical 'go-to' guy

  • Basic understanding of content creation, 3d generalist skills in modelling, texturing, animation, etc.

  • Working knowledge of git or similar version control system.


Bon
us skills:
  • Previous experience creating renders with vray

  • Previous experience wrangling and scripting for deadline

  • University or equivalent qualification in computer science

  • Shotgun / Ftrack development


To apply for the role please contact: jonathan.harris@squintopera.com



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