Position at Industrial Light & Magic
The Lead Animator is responsible for designing and creating the motion of computer graphics characters within a shot while overseeing the animation of a sequence of shots on a specific production. Determines the creative and aesthetic approach to animation. Decides the character performance direction and leads the animation crew to deliver the expected and desired performance.
- Works closely with the film’s director in determining the creative and aesthetic approach to the animation.
- Assists in crewing the best talent for the project.
- Responsible for insuring the quality of the character performance and acting continuity across the film.
- Using a variety of software packages, creates animation for cg characters within a series of shots of significant complexity; steps in as needed to assist animators and troubleshoots as needed.
- Mentors and trains lower level animation crew in performing tasks relative to the overall professional development of the animators.
- Proven track record for delivering high end VFX across a range of episodic television genres.
- Strong understanding of the pace and production process of episodic television.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Traditional Animation working in cel, stopmotion or computer animation working on feature films.
- Proven track record of successfully working in a supervisory capacity on several animation productions.
- Must have an advanced awareness of animation principles, including acting and action.
- Must have an extremely creative and critical eye for guiding the quality of the animation.
- Must be a skilled decision maker, problem solver and an exceptional communicator.
- Expert knowledge of various software applications. Technical expertise is a plus.