Overview

About Us

DHX Media is recognized worldwide for our diverse original properties and our work on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment. But we create more than just animation. We build worlds and experiences across all platforms from TV and games to online and mobile. Our staff dig into a wide variety of projects, from action to comedy and preschool to tween, and they get to enjoy awesome benefits and company events while they’re at it. With some of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers on our team, our studios are bursting with creative energy. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!

About The Position

DHX Studios is seeking a driven, experienced Animation Director to lead a team of talented Animators on one of our awesome 3D productions! As the Animation Director, you will be directly responsible for the artistic output, operations and overall functioning of the animation department. This will be achieved by evaluating, implementing and supervising process, work flow and technical infrastructure that maximize quality and ensure viability. Team synergy and effectiveness will ensure success; therefore recruitment, team building and group dynamics will play a major part in this position.

Responsibilities

Prep sequences and assign scenes and audio files to Animation team
Direct animation and provide feedback to animators on composition, timing, performance, staging, blocking and overall style
Edit all shots into Avid timeline and take ownership of edits during animation production
Review, provide feedback on and approve all final renders
Manage show resources through Shotgun (asset tracking system to ensure shows are staying on budget while maximizing creative objectives)
Collaborate with Series Director to prioritize client requests and changes on an ongoing basis
Collaborate with VFX Supervisor and Lighting Supervisor to achieve highest quality possible
Collaborate with Production Management to ensure show status is effectively communicated throughout production
Continually evaluate and improve story structure, shot flow, shot design and overall creative appeal
Identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and to obtain results while meeting schedules, deadlines and performance goals
Adapt traditional methods, concepts, models, designs, technologies or systems to new applications and devise new approaches to improve current processes and workflow
Oversee the daily activities of the animation team
Partner with management to guide artists’ overall professional development, providing performance feedback, mentoring, assisting with resolving performance issues and maintaining positive morale among the team
Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
Work with production team to identify appropriate staffing levels and needs.
Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources, and use previous measurable performance to establish goals within projected timeframe

Qualifications

2+ years of animation direction or lead experience in animation or television, or equivalent experience
Understanding of 3D animation packages
Strong understanding of animation principles
Strong understanding of cinematic storytelling principles and techniques
Ability to effectively give direction and communicate storytelling
Ability to identify strengths and weakness of animation team
Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
Ability to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
Enjoy working in a team atmosphere and take a proactive approach to work
Problem solving skills as well as management and/or Lead Animator experience preferred

 

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.