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Doodle Productions Hiring CGI Character Animators - Mids

Location: London

Doodle Productions are looking for 2 Mid Character Animators to join us in-house in our London Studio in October, 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

  • 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

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    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 of October 2017.

  • 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. 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’.

Junior Marketing Analyst

Location: London

We are looking for a Junior Marketing Analyst to provide data analysis and insight to the marketing and business development teams.

About the role

The role will involve several data projects where analysis of marketing and business development data sets will be required. You will also be involved in helping run digital marketing campaigns from a technical perspective.

About you

  • Passionate about data.

  • Analytical mindset and approach.

  • Interest in digital marketing and sales, especially from a data perspective.

  • Ability to clearly present research concepts and communicate findings to colleagues around the business.

 Business Development

  • Managing the CRM database: tracking leads, key accounts, potentials and marketing and sales campaigns.

  • Providing training for users and helping to resolves IT issues.

  • Working with our Business Intelligence tool to analyse data sets across multiple business operations, providing sales projections and predictive analysis.

  • Helping to prepare reports and insights for business meetings.

  • Helping with improvements to functionality and consistency of data gathering.

  • Developing and maintaining performance reporting; identifying trends and recommendations for future improvements.

  • Detailed customer analysis for account management.

  • Market and competitor research.

 Digital Marketing

  • Developing digital campaigns across communications platforms and setting up the tools and metrics for tracking them.

  • Helping to develop marketing plans based upon data insights.

  • Collecting and analysing marketing data using the following tools:

    • Mailchimp for email marketing automation campaigns.

    • SEO analysis for the website using tools such as Moz.

    • Google Analytics, Adwords, Search Console, Keyword Planner and Tag Manager.

    • eCommerce platforms such as Shopify.

 Technical Expertise

  • Excellent Excel skills including working with formulas and pivot tables.

  • Experience working with data sets.

  • Relevant analytical degree such as statistics, maths or a political or economic science.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications.

 Technical Expertise (preferred but not essential)

  • Experience with SQL programming.

  • Web analysis tools: Google Analytics / Adwords / Console / Keyword Planner.

  • Email Marketing tools such as MailChimp.

  • Working with BI tools such as Tableau.

Please send applications to people@squintopera.com.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Location: London or Cheltenham

Squint/Opera are looking for a Quality Assurance (QA) engineer to join our expanding technical teams in either London or Cheltenham. This will involve developing and executing exploratory and automated tests to ensure and continuously improve our software delivery process.

Responsibilities include designing and implementing tests, debugging and defining corrective actions across many hardware configurations and platforms. You will also review system requirements and track quality assurance metrics working with our development team to build a level of automation and monitoring to our testing process.

The QA role plays an important part in our company’s current software development and future product process. Our ideal candidate will be responsible for conducting tests before software launches to ensure everything runs smoothly and meets client and user needs, while being cost-effective. If you hold an engineering background and enjoy providing end-to-end solutions to software quality problems, we’d like to meet you.

Ultimately, you should monitor all stages of software development to identify and resolve system malfunctions to meet quality standards.

 

Responsibilities

  • Review requirements, specifications and technical design documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback.

  • Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases

  • Estimate, prioritise, plan and coordinate testing activities

  • Design automation scripts using open source tools

  • Identify, record, document thoroughly and track bugs

  • Perform thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved

  • Develop and apply testing processes for new and existing products to meet client needs

  • Liaise with internal teams (e.g. developers and producers) to identify system requirements

  • Monitor debugging process results

  • Investigate the causes of non-conforming software and train users to implement solutions

  • Track quality assurance metrics, like defect densities and open defect counts

  • Stay up-to-date with new testing tools and test strategies

 

Requirements

  • Proven work experience in software development

  • Proven work experience in software quality assurance

  • Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools and processes

  • Experience in writing clear, concise and comprehensive test plans and test cases

  • Hands-on experience with both white box and black box testing

  • Hands-on experience with automated testing tools

  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process

  • Experience with performance and/or security testing is a plus

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject

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.

 

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.

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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