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CGI Character Animator - Mid

Location: London

Doodle Productions are looking for one Mid Character Animator start 12th of March for minimum 5 weeks, until 13th of April in London, 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 and 3 years industry experience as an animator

  • Strong knowledge of / experience using Maya

  • Demonstrable aptitude for cartoony style animation and accurate lip sync

  • Strong sense of posing, timing and performance

  • Excellent knowledge of and aptitude for facial acting animation

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

  • 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
  • Start date beginning 12th March, 2018.

  • This is a Freelance / contract position.

  • Please note that this is preferably an in-house role in our studio in East London. However, experienced remote animators may be considered if UK based.

  • 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. We are not able to sponsor Visas for this project.

  • 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’.

Animation Production Assistant

Location: London

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

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Animation Production Manager / Animation Team to ensure clear communication and efficient flow of information across all departments

  • Support Animation Production Manager with arranging briefs and reviews and ensuring that meeting rooms are set up and ready to begin

  • Take notes during briefs and reviews and update tracking system accordingly

  • Support Animation Production Manager with creation and maintenance of tracking documents; setting up episodic shot list templates for 2D and 3D

  • Breakdown 2D episodic assets and graphic sequences

  • Help organise interviews for recruitment when needed

  • Tracking status of shots from ready to start for animation to ready to start for lighting

  • Check shots are published / pending review on time for Director Reviews

  • Tracking progress of all retakes / approving simple non-creative amends

  • Liaise with Animation Team and IT Dept regarding any minor issues to be addressed

  • Support Animation Team with any general queries

  • Prepare reference packages and information for new crew starters as required

  • Prepare Post Production Scripts for delivery

Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum 1 year industry experience on animated productions as runner / intern / production assistant or similar role

  • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills

  • Excellent administrative skills and fastidious nature when it comes to checking your own work

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office, googledocs and photoshop

  • Good knowledge of animation process and pipelines

  • Good understanding of schedules and importance of deadlines

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

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

  • TV Series experience a distinct advantage

Further Information

  • This is a contract position.

  • The role would be in-house in our studio in East London. Candidates must have a valid work permit for the UK / EU and be willing and able to work on-site for the duration of the contract.

  • Start date as soon as possible.

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

 

Business Development Manager

Location: London

We are looking for a new Business Development Manager to manage business development activities for the company, driving sales and the aquisition of new business

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
  • Google Docs/Gmail

  • Microsoft Office

  • Familiarity with CRM systems

  • Strong understanding of data and analytics tools (Google Analytics)

  • Familiar with Project Managements tools/software

  • Illustrator / Indesign / AE / Photoshop (is a plus)

  • VR and AR experience

  • Proven track record of generating sales leads in our core sector, which means: real estate sales experience (an understanding of how a real estate developer thinks/works)

  • Existing relationships with real estate developers, large/international engineering and architecture firms

CREATIVE MIND
  • Committed to promoting both the Creative and Innovative element of the business internally and externally at all times

  • Problem solver

  • Able to identify and build a business model around a creative idea

  • Strikes the balance between creative and analytical thinking

 PERSON SPECIFICATION
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Passionate about the built environment, VR, AR and new technologies

  • Approachable, flexible adaptable to changing priorities 

  • Enjoys networking and meeting new contacts 

  • Persuasive yet perceptive with good closing skills

  • At ease with public speaking and presenting

  • Strong research skills

  • Motivation for sales, prospecting and and sales planning 

  • Identification of customer needs and challenges

  • Strong territory management and market knowledge 

  • Ability to meet sales goals as set by the Managing Director

  • Utmost professionalism internally and externally

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

  • Planning and organising - leads a range of complex and simple projects at the same time

  • Takes decisions which have substantial impact on the direction and/or achievement of business objectives

  • 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

  • Willingness to travel  

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT - NEW BUSINESS
  • Responsible for expansion in VR/AR market globally as well as continued expansion among existing clients 

  • Attend major industry events and functions

  • Promote VR and AR capabilities of S/O with existing and new clients 

  • A good awareness of current challenges in VR and AR

  • Making sure accurate information is given to Producers and Directors in order to price a potential job

  • Building relationships with existing clients in order to upsell

  • Drive performance and sales success

  • Create, negotiate and close new business sales 

  • Devise and implement the strategy for meeting sales performance targets

REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROLE
  • Client retention 

  • Present new products and services, promote VR and AR, and enhance existing relationships

  • Work with Head of Production, Producers and other colleagues to meet customer needs 

  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client meetings on a regular basis

  • Help the team to design programs in order to increase lead flow and create pipeline 

  • Identify potential permanent vacancy requirements in own team, and inform Directors with appropriate recommendations 

PROJECT EXEC
  • Achieves marketing and sales operational objectives by contributing marketing and sales information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; and customer-service standards; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change

  • Accomplishes marketing and sales objectives by planning, developing, implementing and evaluating advertising, merchandising and trade promotion programs; developing field sales action plans

  • Identify marketing opportunities by identifying consumer requirements; defining market, competitor's share, and competitor's strengths and weaknesses; forecasting projected business; establishing targeted market share

  • Improve product marketability and profitability by researching, identifying, and capitalizing on market opportunities; improving product packaging; co-ordinating new product development 

  • Sustain rapport with key accounts by making visits; exploring specific needs; anticipating new opportunities 

  • Provide information by collecting, analysing, and summarising data and trends

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities ; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organisations

  • Financial planning and Strategy

  • Looking for potential opportunities outside existing territories

SALES PLANNING
  • Competitive Analysis, Client Relationships, Creative Services

  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide feedback and information on on market and creative trends

  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales 

  • Use knowledge of the market and competitors, identify and develop the company's unique selling propositions, particularly in AR and VR

REPORTING
  • Reporting directly to the Managing Director

  • Working with the sales team, monthly reporting in sales team meeting

  • Working collaboratively with the Heads of Production on quotes, enquiries

  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products and client leads

  • Work with the HOP on ensuring production pipelines are streamlined and aligned with the Business Development Strategy

FINANCIAL 
  • Meet marketing and sales financial objectives by forecasting requirements and working alongside the CFO and MD in preparing an annual budget

  • Determine annual and gross-profit plans by forecasting and developing annual sales quotas for regions

  • Project expected sales volume and profit for existing and new client base

  • Analyse trends and results alongside the Finance Manager

  • Establish quoting strategies

  • Monitor costs of competition

  • Work with Finance to demonstrate supply and demand 

TO APPLY

Please send your CV to people@squintopera.com with "Business Development Manager" in the subject line.



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