SENIOR ANIMATOR – Image Engine, Vancouver, BC
Contract: starting November/December 2015
Project:  TBD


Well known for our work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films! We are an independently owned and operated company, led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling, and helping our exceptionally talented crew to push the boundaries of artistic and technical achievement at our studio.


The Senior Animator is responsible for delivering high quality animation in a quick and efficient manner. They will act as an example to and mentor junior artists and will deliver all tasks within the required timeframe. They will be responsible for taking on the lion share of the difficult shots and will assist junior artists complete their work should the level of difficulty require it. Senior Animators will be able to apply briefing notes with minimal direction from team Leads or Supervisors. They will quality check all of their work and occasionally will assist the Leads to quality check the work of junior artists should the Lead need assistance.

In addition, Senior Animator will help the Leads and Asset Supervisor to flag issues. They will potentially assist in the Lead role on a short term basis in the event of an absence or if production needs require it. They will participate in team meetings when necessary. They will maintain a positive attitude in times of high stress and will maintain motivation levels in the event of multiple iterations.


Work primarily with Animation Supervisor/Leads to create convincing performances and motion of character/non-character assets
Animate character/non-character assets from simple to difficult with a minimum of supervision
Work with production and supervisor team to understand and manage schedules and shot deadlines
Work with animation team to maintain continuity and consistent performance within a show
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Animation Supervisor
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Complete all quality control for animation submitted for review for artistic problems (e.g. bad poses, character being off model, crashing, etc.) prior to Animation Supervisor’s review
Provide input regarding tools and interfaces to improve throughput
Animate dynamic, believable and appealing characters/non-character assets
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required
Accurately address critique and comments from supervisors, and ensure that revisions are completed in a timely manner
Mentor junior animators


5+ years’ of experience animating character and non-character assets for VFX/feature films
Demonstrated expert knowledge of traditional animation principles, acting, film production and compositional design
Ability to animate multiple types of character/non-character assets from simple to complex with a minimum of supervision
Strong visual storyteller and well-versed in cinematography: camera angles, composition and continuity
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling work
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

Technical skills

Expert level knowledge of Maya
A working knowledge of Motion Capture and/or Rigging is a plus

Core skills

Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to take direction positively, work well within a diverse group, and thrive under the pressure of tight production deadlines
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills


E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com. The subject should read “Senior Animator – your name”. Please include your availability.