22 Nov 2018

Full-Time DHX Media – Lead Designer, 3D

DHX Media – Posted by [email protected]Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Job Description

Want to make awesome cartoons with amazingly talented teams in a cool new studio?

DHX Media – Vancouver is looking for an experienced Lead Designer to join our team!

The role:

As a Lead Designer you will work with the Art Director to lead the design team to ensure the delivery of expected high-quality designs as required by the production.

You will get to:

Create original, production-oriented designs through a procedurally iterative process (including turnarounds and other detailed notes)
Meet with the Art Director and Series Director to discuss asset requirements
Work in line, grayscale, and colour
Assist with paintovers and feedback for design and modelling teams
Complete work assigned within the scheduled timeframe
Keep designs manageable and in line with the modelling days allotted for each asset
Work directly with modelling to build  characters, sets, and props, offering advice and design support throughout the process
Accept feedback on designs and execute on changes quickly
Participate in production-related meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Stay up to date with shows by reading scripts and watching animatics
Maintain the production’s show style and optimize designs for storytelling needs
Communicate effective and production-friendly solutions when production requests are not possible within production timelines
Keep your work orders current and accurate in the design approval system
Keep production coordinator in the loop on all activities and any issues that may arise
Identify gaps that may exist on assigned episodes and implement solutions to rectify
Anticipate, communicate, and troubleshoot any creative or technical issues with assistance from key stakeholders
Work collaboratively as part of the senior production team
Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team
Be part of the recruiting process by assisting the HR department with the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process
Train design team on an ongoing basis both technically and creatively
Communicate expectations to design team while balancing creative desires with the requirements of production
Oversee the daily activities of the design team
Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development by providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues, and maintaining positive morale among the team
Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
Determine and understand the needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses of the design team and use this information to contribute to the growth and development of the design team
Provide constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback that will help others further their career development

You will be a great fit on our team if you have…

4+ years in CG animation design
Must have strong design experience for 3D animation and be able to design a wide variety of human characters, facial expressions, creatures, machinery, vehicles, and props
Experience interfacing with other designers, modellers, animators and directors
Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills
Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
Able to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
Able to identify strengths and weakness of design team
Able to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
Able to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
Proactive work ethic, capable problem solver with the ability to implement solutions
Able to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Strong management and problem solving skills
Able to think creatively to resolve technical challenges
Able to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Able to adapt to multiple show styles
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

Specific skills we’d love to see…

BA/BFA in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset

Why work at DHX Media?

DHX Media delivers content that inspires, entertains and connects. But we create more than just animation, we build worlds and experiences for kids around the world. At our studios, quality, creativity and fun go hand in hand! Our teams dig into a diverse range of projects – from preschool and comedy to action-adventure – while enjoying awesome benefits, perks, and a whole lot of fun along the way. With some of Canada’s top creative talents, our studios are bursting with energy. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!

THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the DHX Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted. DHX will accommodate people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs known in advance if accommodation is required.

To apply: http://www.dhxmedia.com/

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Job Categories: 3D Animation. Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in 10 days.

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