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jobby: Animator, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA

April 9, 2010

Just so there’s no confusion on this one people, this is a posting for Pixar in Emeryville, not Vancouver.  There are specifc application procedures listied at the bottom, please follow them.

Position Title:  Animator

 Summary of Position:

Creates the motions, gestures, and expressions of three-dimensional computer graphics characters and objects.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Receive with each assigned shot: storyboards, story reels, recorded dialogue, set layout, and direction.  The Director shows each new sequence in layout and describes what is expected for every shot at a “blocking meeting”
  • Read soundtrack and plan shot
  • Block in movements in rough animation and show for the Director’s approval in a daily review
  • Finish work for Director approval in a timely manner
  • Attend animation dailies


Background, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required at Minimum:

  • Degree or certificate in classical animation, film, or related field, or equivalent production animation experience
  • Must have a DVD demo reel that demonstrates application of the principles of animation to tell a story with meaning through movement
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Must be open to direction and able to embrace change
  • Proven storytelling skills
  • Ability to use acting skills, which bring characters to life, as well as clearly communicate simple ideas with which an audience can empathize
  • Strong understanding of traditional animation principles
  • An art background, which shows a thorough, understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture, and form
  • Computer animation experience preferred but not required


Submission Guidelines:

 After applying online at, please submit your cover letter, a hard copy of your resume and demo reel (DVD preferred), and reel breakdown/shot list to:

Pixar Animation Studios

Attn: Recruiting – Animator

1200 Park Avenue

Emeryville, CA 94608

 After applying online, please ensure that you have agreed to the Terms at the end of the on-line application.  You will not be able to continue without this affirmation.  By agreeing, you are agreeing to the terms of the Submission Release.

 Please note: Due to the high volume of submissions, we’re not able to provide feedback and/or return materials.  Please do not send originals.

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