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DreamWorks Animation

Glendale, California - United States
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Pre-Vis/Layout Artist: Artist Development Program



DreamWorks Animation’s Talent Acquisitions, Artist Management and Diversity & Inclusion teams are collaborating to launch the Artist Development Program, a unique opportunity inclusively targeting underrepresented groups.

The Program
DreamWorks Animation is seeking artists for a new Artistic Development Program at the studio  in Glendale, CA. If you have had limited opportunities to grow your animation experience, if you are re-entering the workforce after an extended period of time off, or have studied Film/Cinema, Animation, Art, or a related focus please submit your application by August 19, 2018. Participants will build upon their current experience in this 12-week program with hands-on training in one of the following production departments:  Animation, Character Effects, Character Technical Direction, Lighting, Pre-visualization / Layout, and Surfacing to prepare them for an assignment on an animated  film at DreamWorks.  

The 12-week program will immerse participants in a full-time production environment where DreamWorks’  artists mentor them to polish their skills to be production ready. Upon completion of the 12 weeks, successful artists will be cast on a production crew.  

Artistic Development Artists will:

  • work at a world-class studio and use cutting-edge tools
  • contribute to a collaborative environment
  • develop artistic work flows and problem-solving skills to meet production expectations
Pre-Visualization / Layout  
Pre-Vis / Layout artists translate storyboards and script pages into digital sequences, shots, and cinematics  to convey the story through the artistry of camera composition and movement, lenses, rough effects, and character staging.


  • You must be passionate about animation, resourceful, and a team player
  • Foundational knowledge of computer graphics principles & processes, exposure to third party tools
  • Experience with CG software such as Maya or Motion builder. Element creation, animation, photoshop, and motion capture experience a plus

Submission Requirements: 
  • Resume (Please list relevant coursework, software, and/ or independent projects)
  • Link to your work (portfolio / demo reel)

Portfolio / demo reel Guidelines (2 minutes or less in duration):
  • Please submit short film or a reel with visual narrative content and/or previz-layout sequences that demonstrate your ability to tell a clear story with the camera and your understanding of cinematic principals
  • Any projects that demonstrate a creative eye in other areas of the animation process (modeling, rigging, simulation, effects, or character animation)
  • Examples of your traditional art (photography, sculpture, drawing and/or painting)

Desired Characteristics

What We’re Looking For:
DreamWorks Artist Development Program seeks a broad spectrum of candidates with a passion for animation and unique multicultural perspectives. With an emphasis on inclusion, this program is open to all eligible applicants.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: August 19, 2018 Sunday at 12:59 am Pacific Standard Time
Offer Extended: Mid-September
Estimated Start Date: October 2018

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