Laika

Lead CG Animator

Laika

Posted March 26 / Hillsboro, OR / Full time / On Site

The Lead CG Animator will create standard-setting animation while also supporting and mentoring the growing CG animation team.  

Job Functions 

  • Receive sequence and shot animation performance launches from the Animation Supervisor.  
  • Help set the standard for VFX animation at LAIKA. 
  • Assist the Animation Supervisor in directing and mentoring the animation team. 
  • Assist with the onboarding of new animators. 
  • Collaborate with VFX asset leads to ensure models and rigs drive necessary performances. 
  • Drive communication and collaboration with the upstream and downstream VFX departments. 
  • Help animators overcome technical problems through collaboration with department Technical Directors (TDs) and production technology teams. 
  • Advise Production and Technology teams on creation and management of animation toolsets, libraries, and software. 

Qualifications 

  • 8+ years’ experience as a CG Character Animator in the entertainment industry. 
  • Experience leading a team of animators in a production environment. 
  • Expertise in traditional animation principles, acting, performance, layout, and composition for feature film production. 
  • Strong knowledge of Maya animation tools and workflow. 
  • Experience working in a visual effects pipeline. 
  • Experience working with motion capture data and crowds. 
  • A firm grasp of technical animation issues including character effects and rigging, is preferred. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment 
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; stand; sit; use hands to operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear both in person and by telephone. The employee must lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. 
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee works under typical office conditions and is exposed to variable indoor temperatures. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate.  

Location 
On-site in Hillsboro, OR 

Salary 
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Disclaimer 
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.