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CG PRODUCTION MANAGER

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CG PRODUCTION MANAGER

Job Locations
US-CA-Burbank

Overview and Responsibilities

SUMMARY:

  • Nickelodeon Animation Studio is looking for a Production Manager for an animated TV series with interactive components. This person will manage the daily activities of production. He or she must have experience either in CG animated TV series, video game production, or both. Real-time rendering experience is a big plus. Preference will be given for technical experience with real-time rendering and CG production pipelines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Communicate with Line Producer daily regarding the status of the department.
  • Coordinate the workflow for all supervisors and artists in the CG Department.
  • Keep accurate daily output information of all departments, and enforce deadlines.
  • Alert LP of potential problems and suggest appropriate solutions.
  • Update key production personnel on the status of all areas of production.
  • Maintain and distribute weekly production schedule with accurate information to upper management and production staff.
  • Run weekly department meetings.
  • Supervise Production Coordinator(s) and Production Assistants; assist Line Producer in hiring, performance reviews and terminations for these positions.
  • Oversee preparation production materials for shipping.
  • Manage schedule to ensure production meets strict deadlines. Some of these duties include:
  • Troubleshoot problem.
  • Coordinate and supervise vendor studios.
  • Coordinate and supervise freelance production staff.
  • Assist in the scheduling of key production personnel.
  • Schedule production meetings as necessary.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with ancillary projects; assist LP with special projects.
  • Act as primary liaison with vendor studio(s).
  • Facilitate communication in a timely manner between production unit and outside studio regarding production issues, questions and materials.
  • Assist Post Supervisor in monitoring and facilitating retake process; ensure that lists and notes are communicated in a timely manner; monitor retake budget.
  • Draft and coordinate all new hire paperwork for freelancers.
  • Update Recruitment and Human Resources departments on all freelance and full-time hires.
  • Review and approve weekly time sheets.
  • Gather and submit new hire information to Human Resources.
  • Coordinate Facilities and IS&T requests.
  • Coordinate materials for festivals, awards, etc.

Basic Qualifications

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Real-Time Rendering experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of Maya, Word, Excel, Outlook, familiarity with internet and email.
  • Knowledge of EPBudgeting, FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possess complete knowledge of animation production process.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS preferred, or 2 – 3 years of animation production / video game experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experien

Maya Previs Animator Pixomondo – Los Angeles, CA

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Maya Previs Animator
Pixomondo – Los Angeles, CA

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Position Requirements:
Create previs versions of sequences and shots that help support the director’s intention via appropriate use of camera lenses & movement, composition, staging, motion blocking and editing.
Previs artists are tasked with producing creative and effective visual solutions to support both the story and technical requirements of films.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Follow Director(s) creative direction in the layout process.
• Adhere to the complexity of the movie.
• Take the vision of the Director(s), and block the existing boards to create a 3D version of the story reel with a unique layout of shots.
• Work with the Director(s) and CG Supervisor on the iterations of each shot/sequence.
• Define and interpret specific instructions from the Director(s) and production.
• Responsible for being knowledgeable about software used on the production, as it relates to the Rough Layout department.
• Adhere to Pipeline protocols for the Layout department, as governed by Production Engineering.
• Remain accountable for assigned shot count management through Layout process.
• Responsible for adhering to the complexity of the movie, within the scope of production.
• Responsible for adhering to the production schedule.
• Responsible for participation in the unification and initiatives for the studio within the RLO department.
• Attend meetings with RLO artists to keep the crew informed on show changes and requirements.
• Communicate in a timely fashion with APM and Production for all inter-department concerns.
• Attend Layout Reviews, Launches and Approvals with Production.

Job Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Visualization, or Computer Animation required or equivalent work experience.
• 2+ years of experience creating cinematic pre-visualizations or rough layout for CG animation using MAYA.
• A strong interest in Rough Layout, Set Dressing and Stereoscopy.
• Knowledge in scene, shot, camera, and character composition is preferred.
• Exposure to modeling, lighting, texturing and animation is preferred.
• A good working knowledge of the principles of cinematic staging, blocking and camera work.
Job Type: Full-time
Job Location:
• Los Angeles, CA

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Lois van Baarle

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Lois van Baarle and I’m a freelance illustrator/animator working in the Netherlands.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I am sometimes ashamed to admit that I have never really had a ‘real’ job until becoming a freelance illustrator/animator. As soon as I graduated from college I was getting enough job offers to start working independently, so that’s what I did! So I’ve had a lucky life of not having to work random side jobs and basically only ever having earned money by drawing or animating.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m really proud to have directed ‘The Art of Pho’, an online motion comic (artofpho.submarinechannel.com). Besides being a really
interesting multimedia project, it was really great to direct a project from beginning to end. I also really enjoyed contributing a
few tutorials to D’Artiste Fashion Design by Ballistic Publishing, a publisher that I’ve looked up to for many years now!

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I decided to study animation in high school because I was determined to Continue…

Nelson Recinos

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Nelson Recinos I am an animation producer, line producer, director, creative director, art director, and creator. I also clean my home office and take care of everything that’s needed on the projects I am working on.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
One of my first jobs was painting motorcycle helmets. I thought that, because of my art background, I was going to be able to do the job, but it was not as easy as I thought. I got training and after a few days I started working on production…which didn’t go very well. I messed up a few helmets, paint spilled everywhere, and nothing was evenly painted. The manager was understandably pissed, but moved me to another department instead of firing me. What a nice guy!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I had the opportunity to work on some amazing shows such a Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs. I also animated some of the Warner Bros. classic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Duffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, and many others.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I always liked cartoons since I was a kid. I drew all the time. Back in my country, my brother Bill was the one who Continue…

Kidscreen Awards Shortlist revealed

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR ALL CATEGORIES!

Winners to be revealed at a gala event on February 14 during Kidscreen Summit 2017 in Miami

Toronto, December 6, 2016: Kidscreen, host of the global kids television industry’s leading awards for excellence, is delighted to announce the shortlisted entries that will be continuing in the competition through a final round of judging.

The nominees in the Programming Categories are:

PRESCHOOL

Best New Series

Dot. (The Jim Henson Company/Industrial Brothers/CBC)
Jamillah and Aladdin (Kindle Entertainment/Mediabiz International/Toonz Entertainment)

Nina’s World (Sprout)

Best Animated Series

Clangers (Coolabi Productions/Factory/CBBC)

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior/Brown Bag Films)

Sarah and Duck (Karrot Entertainment/CBeebies/BBC Worldwide)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

The Adventures of Napkin Man (Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Little Airplane and CBC Kids)

Floogals (Jellyfish/Nevision/Zodiak Kids Studios)

Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Katie Morag (Move On Up/CBeebies/BBC Scotland)
Peg + Cat (The Fred Rogers Company/9 Story Media Group)
Peppa Pig Pumpkin Party (Astley Baker Davies / Entertainment One)

KIDS

Best New Series

Bottersnikes & Gumbles (Cheeky Little Media/Mighty Nice/CAKE Entertainment)

The Deep (DHX Media/A Stark Production)

Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh (DreamWorks Animation Television/Netflix)
Best Animated Series

Miles From Tomorrowland (Disney Junior/Wild Canary Animation)

Scream Street (Coolabi Productions/Factory/CBBC)

We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network Studios)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

Horrible Histories (Lion Television)

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch (One Potato Two Potato)

Odd Squad (The Fred Rogers Company/Sinking Ship Entertainment)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie         

Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool (Aircraft Pictures)
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas (Aardman Animations)

Stick Man (Magic Light Pictures)

TWEENS/TEENS

Best New Series

Bear Grylls Survival School (Potato/BGV)

Lost and Found Music Studios (Radical Sheep Productions/Boat Rocker Studios)
Raising Expectations (Aircraft Pictures in association with Dolphin Entertainment)

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers (Bento Box Entertainment/20th Century FOX Television)
Dragons: Race to the Edge (DreamWorks Animation Television /Netflix)

Voltron Legendary Defender (DreamWorks Animation Television/Netflix)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

Degrassi: Next Class (DHX Media/Netflix)
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (Amazon Studios/Pictures in a Row)

The Next Step (Radical Sheep Productions/Boat Rocker Studios)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie

The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale (Smiley Guy Studios)
L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (Breakthrough Entertainment)

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows (Matchbox Pictures)

These shortlisted entries will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including the following execs: Andy Yeatman (Netflix), Sarah Muller (Channel 5), Amy Friedman (Sprout), Lucy Murphy (Sky), Grainne Rowe (Disney Channels EMEA), Jackie Edwards (BBC Children’s), Andrew Thomas (Hulu), Nina Hahn (Nickelodeon International) and Deirdre Brennan (Corus Kids).

The nominees in the Broadcasting Categories are:

Channel of the Year

Netflix

PBS KIDS

Sprout

Best Channel Design

DreamWorks

Gulli

Sprout
Best Programming Block
CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic! (Litton Entertainment)

Sunny Side Up (Sprout)

WILD Kids (National Geographic)

Best Channel Website

Nick Jr.

PBS KIDS

Sprout

Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Jonas Lihaug Fredriksen, Henrik Hildre—FlippKlipp Studio (NRK Super)

Charlie Engelman, Kirby Engelman, Patrick Rahill—Nature Boom Time (National Geographic)
Carly Ciarrocchi, Tim Kubart, Kaitlin Becker, Emily Borromeo—Sunny Side Up (Sprout)


The nominees in the Digital Categories are:

PRESCHOOL

Best Learning App—Tablet
Hopster (Hopster)
Nick Jr. App (Nickelodeon Digital)

Pocoyo Playset: Let’s Move (Early Learning Collaborative/ HITN/Zinkia Entertainment)

Best Learning App—Smartphone
Curious World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
HooplaKidz Nursery Rhyme Activities (YoBoHo)
Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer App (Wind Dancer Films/Two Moos)

Best Game App—Tablet
CBeebies Playtime Island (BBC)

Curious George Train Adventures (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PBS KIDS Games (PBS KIDS)

Best Game App—Smartphone
Curious George Train Adventures (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Curious World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 

Best Streaming Video Platform
BBC iPlayer Kids (BBC)

Hopster (Hopster)
NOGGIN (Nickelodeon Digital)

Best Web/App Series
Disney Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

Elmo at the Zoo (Sesame Workshop)

Sesame Street Happy Birthday Songs (Sesame Workshop)

Best Website
Dinosaur Train (The Jim Henson Company/Sparky Entertainment)

NickJr.com (Nickelodeon Digital)
Ready Jet Go! (Wind Dancer Films/Two Moos)

Best eBook

Colored Dots (Uyoung Interactive Technology Co.)
PAW Patrol—Meet Tracker! (Nickelodeon)

PAW Patrol—Pirate Pups (Nickelodeon)

KIDS

Best Learning App—Tablet

La Francomobile (TV5 Québec Canada/Manito Média/Tobo) *TBC*
Little Lunch (Australian Children’s Television Foundation)

Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues (HeR Interactive/Brandissimo!/Picture Fish Studios)

Best Learning App—Smartphone

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts (Monkey Bar Collective)
Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors (Spiffy/PBS/REDspace)
Nickelodeon: Code a Character (Nickelodeon Digital)

Best Game App—Tablet

Animal Jam—Play Wild! (WildWorks)

Flipped Out—The Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network Games/Grumpyface Studios)
Toca Blocks (Toca Boca)

Best Game App—Smartphone

Cut the Rope: Magic (Zeptolab)

Teeny Titans—Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network Games/Grumpyface Studios)
Total Drama Presents: ‘Donculous Dash (Secret Location/Cartoon Network Canada/Fresh TV/Bell Fund/Teletoon)

Best Streaming Video Platform

Flipp Klipp Studio (NRK Super)
Nick.com (Nickelodeon Digital)

Toca TV (Toca Boca)

Best Web/App Series

Don’t Mix Us Up (Toca Boca/FableVision)
Secret Life of Boys (Zodiak Kids Studios for CBBC and ABC Australia)

Tsum Tsum Kingdom (Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media)

Best Website
Animal Jam (WildWorks)

National Geographic Kids (National Geographic Partners)

Nick.com  (Nickelodeon Digital)

Best Tablet

LeapFrog Epic (LeapFrog)

La Tablette Motion 2 by Gulli (KD Interactive/Taldec/Gulli)

Best eBook

Little Lunch: A Teachers’ Guide (Australian Children’s Television Foundation)

The Restricted Adventures of Raja (RedRover/Sticky Brain Studios)
Stand Together! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Nickelodeon)

These shortlisted entries will now be reviewed and assessed by panels of professional judges, including the following execs: Angela Lin (YouTube), Azadeh Jamalian (Tiggly), Jens Peter de Pedro (Monkimun), David Kleeman (Dubit), Eric Huang (Made in Me), Daniel Bays (Lightning Sprite Media) and Brenda Bisner (Baby Toes Media).

            All Kidscreen Awards winners will be announced and celebrated at a special presentation event and after-party during Kidscreen Summit, on the evening of Tuesday, February 14. Kidscreen Summit delegates are invited to attend as part of their event registration, and tickets for just the Kidscreen Awards evening can be purchased for US$150 by contacting Kidscreen Events Sales Manager Joel Pinto (416-408-2300 x650 orjpinto@brunico.com).

Additional details about the Kidscreen Awards, including categories, eligibility, judging and entry process, can be found at awards.kidscreen.com

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David de Rooij

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is David de Rooij and I am a freelance Animator/Storyboard Artist/Character Designer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
While I was doing Art School, I had a couple of little jobs like working at a supermarket, a zoo, a club. I also made a little comic for a division of a big Energy Company.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
I haven’t been part of many big animation projects yet, but during my internship at Anikey Studios I got to work on a couple of very nice short animated films: “Paul and the Dragon”and “Little Quenton”!

How did you become interested in animation? 
I have always watched cartoons and even made my own comics and flipbooks. I tried to animate digitally in GIF Animator and Flash, drawing with my mouse! I just never realized that I could become a professional animator. After finishing high school I studied Graphic Design at two different Art Schools, because I Continue…