Overview

The Animator is responsible for the design and execution of high-level animation as assigned, for use in final compositing as part of the daily work. The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgement. In addition, the Animator may serve as a key front-line representative of the company and who may deal directly with clients in challenging situations. Accordingly, a professional demeanor and diplomacy are important.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with the Animation Supervisor, Animation Lead and other animators, as well as Production staff to provide animated rendered sequences as required by the project
  • Animate in various styles (creatures, realistic humans, motion capture, vehicles, etc.) as required by projects
  • Work with animation software (Maya) for visual effects intensive projects
  • Investigate and keep up to date on new and competing software packages and technology
  • Test provided rigs and giving appropriate feedback
  • Work closely with other departments on issues that affect the animation team, and vice versa
  • Modeling, texturing and surfacing, choreography, lighting, match moving and final rendering of CG elements if skills applicable, as needed
  • Other miscellaneous duties as required from time-to-time by the Animation Supervisor or Animation Lead as needed

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and work experience in Maya required
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in character and creature animation
  • Experience in live action animation (television or film) preferred
  • Additional animation software experience in other animation software an asset, especially in Houdini, XSI, and MotionBuilder
  • Knowledge of rigging is an asset
  • Knowledge of Nuke is an asset
  • Knowledge of Shotgun is an asset
  • Knowledge of scripting (MEL, python) is an asset
  • Working knowledge of motion capture is an asset

About Method Studios

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, we service high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.