jobby: Art Director, Director, Rainmaker, Vancouver

Position: Art Director
Reports To: Producer/ Production Designer
Apply Online: www.rainmaker.com

Overall Accountabilities
The Art Director is responsible for the overall look, creative direction, and visual consistency of the product in conjunction with the show Producer and Production Designer. Leads and mentors the design team to complete the style of the show, maximize resources, and innovates efficiencies. Works closely with the Modeling Supervisor to keep informed of technical limitations.

Duties
– Creates the Art Development Plan* in conjunction with Producers
– Supervises and leads the art team and monitors art deliverables; encourages input from the art team, but makes the final decision with the Producer and Production Designer regarding look, mood, and quality of the art assets
– Facilitates regular communication across departments to ensure successful implementation of designs (with Modeling, Animation, Lighting, VFX)
– Maintains documentation standards for detailed design specifications and works closely with Production support staff to facilitate client art approvals
– Produce art assets as required
– Communication of artistic vision to entire team; ability to motivate and direct the artistic team; knowledge of talented freelance artists

*Art Development Plan = sets visual benchmarks & creative standards through inspiration boards and style guides; transfers the artistic requirements of the Production into design; identifies tasks and sets to schedule & resource; outlines workflow and processes; possibly plans the design of visual effects

Required Competencies
1. Art Skills and Creativity – ability to sketch or illustrate ideas; familiarity with all 3D and 2D art applications, especially Photoshop, XSI, and Maya; ability to develop a wide range of visual concepts
2. Directing and Motivating others – establishes clear direction and sets objectives; distributes the workload appropriately, lays out work in a well-planned and organised manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results, brings out the best in people; a clear communicator.
3. Managing and Measuring Work – clearly assign responsibility for tasks and decisions, sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loop into work.
4. Planning – Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals, breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problem and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
5. Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
6. Problem Solving – uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.
7. Managing Vision and Purpose- communicates artistic vision; creates support for vision and makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate.

Qualifications
– 5+ years of production related and industry experience, 3+ years in a similar Art Director / leadership role
– A strong understanding of design and the issues inherent in creating characters, sets, props, vehicles, lighting setups, and render styles for a 3D CGI direct to DVD production.
– Excellent interpersonal communication (both written and verbal)
– Superb leadership skills including providing feedback, coaching, and leading.
– Demonstrable strong aesthetic and artistic abilities.
– BA/BFA Degree in Fine Arts or Commercial Arts field
– Ability to create a positive, productive, and exciting work environment through his/her own ability to inspire others.

Apply: www.rainmaker.com

Position: Director, DVD
Reports To: Producer/SVP Production
Apply Online: www.rainmaker.com       

Responsibilities
Oversee and implement the creative vision for a CG Film for the DVD market.  Ensure the film is of the highest quality achievable within the parameters of the budget and schedule.

Duties
– Facilitate the creative needs of the client, ensuring the story works from a creative, and production standpoint within the parameters of the production plan.
– Communicates clearly and inspires the crew to stay on track with the project’s creative vision.
– Establishes and maintains a high level of professionalism throughout the project with client and crew.
– Partner with the Producer to ensure that the production is completed on time and to the agreed upon qualitative and complexity level.
– Partner with the CG Supervisor as to the technical feasibility of elements in the script and work with them to come up with production-smart solutions that will maintain the vision of the movie. 
– Oversee with the Storyboard team and Editor to develop the story from the script stage to film.
– Create storyboards, if applicable.
– Partner with Art Director to manage the design and lighting teams and determine innovation solutions to problems.
– Manage and delegate to the co-director, if applicable.
– Manage a team of Animation Directors to ensure they are on track to produce the highest quality animation that the budget and schedule will allow.
– Oversee the post-production sound design team and music composer to ensure the sound supports and enhances the film’s creative vision.

Core Competencies
1.    Creativity – has demonstrable storytelling, filmmaking, creative and artistic ability, strong written and spoken communication and research skills.

2.    Directing others – establish clear directions and set objectives; distributes the workload appropriately, lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results, brings out the best in people; a clear communicator.

3.    Managing and Measuring Work – clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions, sets clear objectives; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loop into work.

4.    Planning – Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals, breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problem and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

5.    Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

6.    Problem Solving – uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer. 

Qualifications
– Must have previous experience directing either in traditional, stop-motion, live action or CG long-form films.
– Animation experience (2D, 3D or Stop Motion) is essential.
– Familiarity with 3D animation and the strengths and weaknesses of CG animation is essential.
– Experience with script writing and story editing with others is essential.
– Deadline motivated.
– Ability to communicate processes, plans and concepts.
– Ability to create entertaining and persuasive messages.
– Ability to identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc.
– Ability to work independently.
– Detail-oriented.
– Ability to evaluate ideas and presentation.

Interested? Apply at www.rainmaker.com

About Rainmaker
We’re a creatively collaborative, full service CG animation studio in Vancouver Canada with an innovative history that spans over 15 years. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the award winning CG company was acquired in 2006 by one of Vancouver’s most well known entertainment businesses to become Rainmaker Entertainment.

With over 200 artists, directors and technical staff, our studio provides a full service environment for clients and creative partners. We can do it all – design, casting, recording, modeling, layout, animation, motion capture, lighting and post production. Our highly scalable and adaptable pipeline features artist friendly tools and allows us to create CG animation styles that are unique to each project. We don’t limit ourselves.