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Senior Location Designer

About Mercury Filmworks:

Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and is internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. Mercury has helped bring to life many of the most memorable, modern animated television and film properties. This position is an excellent opportunity to live and play in Canada’s beautiful national capital area while building a career at one of the most respected animation studios in the industry. We are looking for great people that value quality, innovation and a company with an uncompromising vision for the future of its artists and employees.   

We’re looking for Designers with portfolios that demonstrate versatility, passion and a strong understanding of  animation. This talented individual will work closely with the Director / Art Director.

Job Description.  A Senior Location Designers role consists of an overall view of the environment where the animation will take place. Traditionally, a story, in the form of a script is provided to the lead location designer. Working with the director, it becomes the designers responsibility to shape the style, or look of the show.

  • Draft, design and produce high quality Location Design.
  • Provide feedback to the entire team on a regular basis.
  • Be accountable for ensuring that our high quality standards are met
  • Strong artistic background with solid understanding of color theory, lighting and perspective.
  • Must be able to communicate artistic and technical concepts clearly and concisely in either verbal or written format in order to guide team members.
  • Must have the ability to effectively coach or train junior Location Designers.
  • Design the world where our stories take place.
  • Draft, design and produce high quality Location Designs.
  • Create quick iterations for concept art in the various production stages.
  • Collaborate with departments and artists to meet production deadlines.
  • Work efficiently and within the established workflow.
  • Participate in creative and production meetings as required. 
  • Communicate and solve problems within a production pipeline.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • College degree from an accredited Animation Program or equivalent.
  • 2 years of experience as a Location Designer on an animated production.
  • Portfolio should show an aptitude for environment design, perspective, colour and composition.
  • Highly skilled using Photoshop and the ability to troubleshoot software challenges.
  • Must have a strong understanding of traditional animation and design principles.
  • Professional communication skills, able to take direction and work within a production schedule.
  • High level creative thinker with real world problem-solving skills
  • Working knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony is an asset.
  • Must have a strong understanding of traditional animation and design principles.
  • Able to work and communicate effectively in a collaborative, fast paced environment.
  • You’re able to professionally and productively discuss, make decisions, and communicate ideas in a wide variety of aesthetic areas
  • You are accountable, self-motivated and possess strong time management skills required for a fast-paced environment
  • You have excellent attention to detail
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Uncompromising attention to detail.
  • Must be flexible and willing to learn.
  • English is a requirement.

What about benefits?

  • Employees have access to our comprehensive benefit plan that includes Health and Dental coverage, Life Insurance and Travel Insurance
  • Our Employee Assistance Program provides each employee and their family members access to free psychological assistance and counselling service in person, online or by phone 24/7
  • Plan for your future by taking advantage of our RRSP plan. The longer you’re with us, the more we’ll match the amount you contribute!

Small Print: Mercury Filmworks places as great an emphasis on recruiting for character and fit as it does on core skills and experience. Qualified candidates that meet ALL the characteristics above are encouraged to apply regardless of where they live. All candidates must be willing to test in advance of an interview.  Mercury Filmworks is an equal opportunity employer, and by equal, we really mean equal. We have no preferences or bias beyond the professional qualifications.

Contact Information: Kimberly Leet,

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