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DHX Media Ltd.

Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Art Director, 3D

Description

About Us

DHX Media is recognized worldwide for our diverse original properties and our work on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment. But we create more than just animation. We build worlds and experiences across all platforms from TV and games to online and mobile. Our staff dig into a wide variety of projects, from action to comedy and preschool to tween, and they get to enjoy awesome benefits and company events while they’re at it. With some of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers on our team, our studios are bursting with creative energy. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!

About the Position

DHX Studios – Vancouver is looking for an experienced Art Director to join our 3D team. As an Art Director, you will play a key role in controlling the overall visual direction in a production. Working closely with clients, you will create cutting-edge, appealing and fresh new looks for each show, by infusing them with the latest trends in design. This is an exciting opportunity for an art director to be a driving force on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment!

Responsibilities

  • Establish and refine the production style
  • Develop and oversee production-specific style guides
  • Directly contribute to production design, and collaborate with clients on designs that need special direction
  • Provide detailed direction to the Design team and contribute to their growth and development by understanding their needs, interests, strengths and weaknesses
  • Foster and enable communication and collaboration across departments
  • Collaborate with VFX and modeling departments to ensure render style matches the art direction of the production
  • Attend breakdown meetings and provide input from the Art Department
  • Provide quality assurance of all creative deliverables
  • Identify potential issues and use creative problem solving to find the best solutions
  • Identify actions necessary to achieve task completion and obtain results within the production timeline and budget
  • Adapt traditional methods, concepts, models, designs, technologies and systems to new applications
  • Devise new approaches to improve current processes and workflow
  • Assist in guiding artists’ overall professional development by providing constructive criticism, wisdom, guidance, and feedback
  • Set goals for others that can be achieved using available resources within projected timelines
  • Assist with identifying the appropriate staffing levels and needs
  • Assist the HR and Talent Acquisition departments in the development of job descriptions, sourcing of candidates as well as the candidate selection process

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of art direction experience in animation or television OR equivalent experience
  • BA/BFA degree in fine arts or commercial arts field an asset
  • Solid understanding of the translation from 2D artwork to 3D models
  • Strong experience in 3D design for animation is a must
  • Very strong artistic skills
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and multi-tasking skills
  • Experience in leading strategic brainstorming sessions, creative brief development, and creative execution
  • Experience in supervising and training, as well as strong leadership qualities
  • Ability to identify strengths and weakness of a design team
  • Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of production
  • Ability to set priorities for yourself and others, as well as manage the progress of work
  • Team-oriented with a proactive approach to work

THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the DHX Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.