Film - Lead Animator

  • London  
    perm, remote, temp to perm  
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    2 August 2020  
    Posted on
    2 June 2020  

Animators produce the motions, gestures and expressions of three-dimensional computer graphic characters and objects for high-end VFX films.

Hear more from Brad, Lead Animator, and Marion, Senior Animator.


  • Working closely with the Animation Supervisor to ensure the team are producing high-quality animation which creates compelling, story-driven and action-packed moments that fit within the style and pacing of the film.
  • Working closely with the Rigging and Pipeline departments providing suggestions and feedback to improve character setup, visual quality, rigs and tool functionality.
  • Animating both primary and secondary characters and elements.
  • Meeting schedules and show deadlines.
  • Ongoing communication with Production regarding the teams' schedules and deadlines.
  • Mentoring and training of more junior artists.
  • Working efficiently as part of a team, or independently, to complete assigned shots.
  • Submitting shots for review and following through with the teams' notes and feedback if required.
  • Continuing to become familiar with new tools, software, data and other related technology.

Essential Skills:

  • Previous experience mentoring or leading a team.
  • Thorough knowledge of Maya.
  • An understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture and form.
  • An understanding of rigs and typical rigging set-ups, animation pipelines and transferring data between tools.
  • The proven ability to work under pressure.
  • Being open to direction and able to embrace change.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Reliable, with good time keeping and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrable commitment to creative collaboration within a team and with other departments.
  • Adaptability and the willingness to learn new processes and technical skills.
  • Working knowledge of Modeling, Rigging and Mel/Python scripting.
  • Knowledge of human and animal anatomy as well as life drawing skills.
  • Previous experience working with motion capture data.

Desirable Skills:

  • Traditional animation and/or art background.

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