Thursday, November 27, 2008

Production Assistant, New Machine Studios, Calgary

Via AWN:

New Machine Studios Inc. is a small, independent animation production house located in Calgary, Alberta Canada. We are looking for a fun and ambitious individual with great organizational and interpersonal skills to assist us in our current production of a 13 episode CGI animated television series and beyond.

This is a full-time, entry-level postition where you will learn as you go, and it's a great opportunity for somebody who wants to become an independent producer in Canada.

As a production assistant you will have three primary areas or responsibility:
- To assist in the preparation of budgets, schedules and other supporting documentation for broadcasters, tax credits and production grant applications.
- To assist with the collection and preparation of weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports for internal and external use.
- Light offices and clerical duties including data entry, filing, answering phones and other gopher work.

We're looking for somebody who is very detail-oriented, organized and punctual with a great attitude and a commitment to a career of producing animation.

We offer a fun and relaxed working environment, flexible scheduling options and benefits.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant with excellent communications skills (fluent english). Experience with Word and Excel would be an asset; in a perfect world you already know Quickbooks and/or EP Budgeting software. And of course you gotta love working with numbers!

We can't cover relocation expenses, so a Calgary-based candidate would be in the best position to get the job.

Contact Person: Colin Curwen
Email Address:
Phone: (403) 262-2668
Fax: (403) 262-2678

Modelers, C.O.R.E Digital Pictures, Toronto

Via AWN:

C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures located in downtown Toronto is currently looking for experienced modelers to join our team on a dynamic new pre-teen animated series that will be aired on a major U.S. television network. In this position you will conceptualize & create 3D computer-generated models from 2D designs (characters, locations and props). In addition to reviewing models for complex movements, you will establish rigging procedures and suggest changes when necessary. The successful candidates will also create and apply UVs and textures needed to achieve desired surface qualities for the completion of models.

The company was founded in 1994 and is one of Canada's leading digital visual effects and animation studios. Over a decade later, C.O.R.E. has successfully built three divisions: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, C.O.R.E. Toons and C.O.R.E. Feature Animation. Over the years, with the underlying philosophy that a studio designed by artists for artists fosters the best creative environment, C.O.R.E. has produced award-winning work for more than 55 Feature Films, 24 Television Series and 24 Movies of the Week.

C.O.R.E. offers an exciting work environment; our open work structure allows for creativity and fun at the same time. The continuous flow of interesting new projects that are awarded from major studios and production companies makes working at C.O.R.E. a unique and fulfilling experience.

·Experience with polygon modeling, utility nodes, and rigging techniques.
·Expertise in rigging characters and complicated props from scratch.
·Ability to paint textures and create procedural shaders is a plus.
·Working knowledge of Mel, tweaking scripts and writing simple procedures is a plus.
·A strong understanding and knowledge of human and animal anatomy is beneficial.
·Experience in UV layout, texture projections, and 2D texture painting.
·Build character facial rigs and corrective blend shapes within pipeline methodology.
·Proficiency Adobe Photoshop/Gimp.
·Experience with LINUX/UNIX and knowledge of Maya is required.
·The ideal candidate will have at least two strong skills out of three (modeling, rigging, texturing), with an intermediate knowledge of the area that is not their strongest.
·Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills required.
·Bachelor's degree or equivalent in computer science, computer visualization, or computer animation required.
·Minimum 3 years experience modeling in 3D software with aptitude in polygonal modeling, a solid understanding of rigging techniques, modeling for efficient rendering and texture skills are a plus.
·At least 3 years work experience required in 3D CG for digital animation, or visual effects film.
·Must be legally authorized to work in Canada.

·Determine design solutions and methods for modeling characters.
·Create complex 3D model geometry of props, sets, characters, and objects to be painted, animated, and used in production.
·Design and implement animation controls and rigging systems characters and props using a combination of software packages and proprietary tools.
·Create and maintain facial animation blend shapes.
·Layout UVs, painting textures, and creating shaders.
·Work closely with Modelers, and Modeling Supervisor to achieve desired show look.
·Work with design team to execute desired look of textures for CG objects and characters.
·Work with team members to evaluate visual consistency.
·Riggers work closely with the animation department solving shot based problems.
·Prepare assets for integration in production database and validate assets for pipeline workflow.

When submitting your demo reel or website, be sure to include examples of work that demonstrate CG character modeling including wireframes, rigged characters, props in motion (preferably used in production), painted textures and/or other CG art. Also include samples or work that demonstrate your artistic abilities like life drawings, paintings, and/or figure sculptures.

Email your website to

Demo reel and resumes can be mailed to:
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Recruiting
461 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1K7

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest however only those under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Contact Person: Recruiting
Email Address:

VP Production/Animation, Ontario

This one is through Media-Match, and it looks like you have to register to apply:

VP Production/Animation

About the Job

Job Posting Date: 11/06/08

If you are looking to make an inspired career move and work for the world's most innovative children's entertainment company, apply now for the role of VP PRODUCTION.

We are seeking a VP of Production to work directly with the Executive Producer & Director of Content Development to source all elements of production and manage the production of multiple TV series concurrently from development to broadcast delivery. This position requires great instinct for telling stories that will have international appeal, general knowledge of television and interactive audience trends and a thirst for innovation. It's critical that this candidate has an extensive network of innovative and emerging talent that will help these productions stand out amongst the herd and possess the 'magic' that help steer otherwise good programs into great, groundbreaking entertainment. Understanding of the Canadian production system is a must.

• Oversee key creative elements from development through production.
• Establish creative checkpoints with clients to ensure that client expectations are achieved.
• Ensure that the creative goals are being met without over-complicating the project or going over budget.
• Monitor the progress of the outsourced production for quality and delivery.
• Approve post production material.
• Provide input on development materials and comments on scripts.
• Create sizzle reels for Sales and Distribution as required.

• Minimum 8 years previous experience as a Producer of at least 8 animated series.
• Experience working in a Producer role on International Co-Productions
• Previous writing/story editing experience
• Proficient with Word and Excel.
• Strong Management Experience
• Strong communication skills.
• Ability to handle multiple projects.
• Self starter with the ability to take initiative and follow through for results.

Core competencies include but are required but not limited to:
• Creativity/Vision
• Shows Initiative/Entrepreneurial Spirit
• Assertive and Tenacious
• Organization/Planning and Self Awareness
• Written/Oral Communication

City, State: Ontario - Canada

Salary: open

Duration: full-time

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Production Supervisor, 9 Story Entertainment Inc. Toronto

Via Playback Magazine:

9 Story Entertainment Inc.

9 Story Entertainment seeks a highly-motivated, experienced Production Supervisor, who is familiar with scheduling and overseeing concurrent projects. Must have 5+ years experience in the Animation Industry, and must have management and/or supervisory experience. Please visit our website for details.

Friday, November 21, 2008

In-House Editor, Red Rover Creative, Toronto

Redrover Creative is currently looking for a full time in house Editor for a 3D Animated 26X22 minute Television Series.
Description: Responsible for assembling storyboards to leica and assembling the final product as a sequence consisting of the final animation shots. Editor will be working closely with the director to meet his requirements.
• Above all, a great sense of timing for both comedy and action
• Two or more years of experience editing in an Animation production
• Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro
• Ability to take direction and work well in a team
• Understanding of post production process including final delivery and HD formats
• Understanding of Maya, 3D Max and/or Flash an asset
• Understanding of audio formats an asset
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume to:

33 Niagara Street
Toronto, ON
M5V 1C2

Please note that only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Only those legally entitled to work in Canada need apply. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Stop-Motion Instructor needed

Got this in from Joseph Chen, he of the Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema:

I've got a job opening to pass on. Know any stop-motion animator who'd be interested in working with the Festival to teach a small class / workshop on stop-motion animation?

The position is open through Ed Video, and I believe there is an honorarium. Open immediately, 1 day per week on the weekend, six weeks.