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Animatronic Animation Supervisor - Theme Parks


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Illumination is looking for an Animatronic Animation Supervisor to oversee CG and animatronic animation development for our Theme Park projects. 


    • Supervise the animation for the animatronics for specific theme park attractions
    • Supervise CG character animation used as basis for creating animatronic characters
    • Work with animators to ensure the creative goals by the Director are met.  Involves hands-on relationship with the artists, viewing sequences before the Director, and collaborating during Director approvals on shots
    • Work closely with the Producer, Director, Character TDs, and Animators to ensure the performance requirements of the character work with the rig and tools.  Also ensure ongoing communications with the Character TD’s to make sure the process runs smoothly
    • Work closely with animatronic vendors to guide, review, give notes and approve the final programming of the figures
    • Optimize animation to align with performance requirements
    • Interact with other departments to ensure acting performance of characters is preserved across all sequences
    • Work with the Production Supervisors to hit sequence deadlines and ensure the quotas are met
    • Visit and supervise animatronic vendors and
    • Oversee the animation for all animated media in theme park attractions


    • 7+ years of character animation experience in Feature Animation, VFX, Theme Park or equivalent
    • Must have experience animating physical animatronic figures
    • A thorough knowledge of animating in Maya
    • An understanding of rigs and typical rigging set-ups, animation pipelines and transferring data between tools
    • Excellent understanding of strong character posing and performance
    • A working knowledge of Modeling, Rigging and Mel/Python scripting
    • Reliable, with good time keeping and the ability to meet deadlines
    • Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills

Founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, Illumination is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films. Recently honored by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, Illumination’s franchises include two of the top-six animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved brands have grossed more than $4.6 billion worldwide. Illumination is known for our memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance. We are always looking for exceptional talent to collaborate and create with.

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