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jobby: Animator, Toon Box, Toronto

TOONBOX_logo_FINAL_horizontal(CMYK)_April14,2011Position: Animator

Reports to: Animation Supervisor/ Animation Director

Position Description:

  • Creates the motions, gestures, and expressions of three-dimensional computer graphics characters and objects
  • To tell a story with meaning through movement


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To receive with each assigned shot: storyboards, story reels, recorded dialogue, set layout, and direction;
  • To read soundtrack and plan shot;
  • To block in movements in rough animation and show for the Director’s approval in a daily review;
  • To finish work for Director approval in a timely manner;
  • To attend animation dailies;
  • To assist with the testing of assets and animation tools during the creation of animated shots while meeting the highest standards of quality, aesthetically and technically.
  • To help troubleshoot modeling/rigging issues as they arise over the course of visual development, pre-production, or production to ensure team meets shot quotas;
  • Develop timing and pace of character movements & objects in a shot or sequence and ensure they follow the soundtrack & audio requirements.


Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of (CG) feature film experience as an animator preferred
  • 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
  • An art background, which shows a thorough, understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture, and form
  • Strong technical knowledge of Maya, specifically rigging and animation tools
  • Practical working knowledge of Maya dynamics and ridged body dynamics
  • Knowledge of traditional animation principles and ability to produce high quality key frame animation
  • Impressive reel demonstrating a range of work
  • Understanding of efficient pipeline/workflow techniques as they apply to animation
  • Strong communication skills
  • Superior time management and prioritization skills
  • Ability to communicate creative and technical ideas
  • Self-motivated and able to take direction and work independently while being an effective team player
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Good eye for detail and a passion for film, games, and animation.

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