2D SENIOR ANIMATOR

Under the guidance of the Supervisor, Leads and/or Animation Director, on a 2D Animated series, cut-out or traditional animation, sometimes mixing both. The Senior Animator creates animation that supports the overall creative vision for the story. Essential condition: be a tax resident in Belgium.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Follows the established style of performance for the project and mentors as necessary.

  • Collaborates with the Lead and/or Animation Director to create and determine unique traits for characters and or objects to be animated.

  • Mentors and trains the artist to consistently strive towards excellence as necessary.

  • Seeks creative options to maximize re-use when applicable.

  • Provides feedback and support to the team as necessary.

  • Provides mentoring and training as necessary.

  • Delivers assignments per project schedules and set quotas.

  • Ensures balance, composition and timing requirements are implemented in a way that supports story and character performance.

  • Creatively enhances material in order to achieve set standards of performance and complexity.

  • Interpret and implement notes and feedback from Director (s), Supervisor or Leads in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.

  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.

  • Aligns and engages with the values of NeXtFrames: a culture of community, connectivity, creativity and collaboration.

  • Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience is preferred.

  • 3-5+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.

  • Background in classical animation.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles of animation.

  • In-depth knowledge of anatomy, perspective and composition.

  • Strong abilities to use acting skills that in turn can articulate ideas and traits of characters.

  • High level of proficiency animating cut-out with Harmony. 

  • In-depth knowledge of software.  Consistently strives to expand knowledge base and keep abreast of latest hardware and software. 

  • In-depth aesthetic skills including staging and timing.

  • Ability to communicate and/or demonstrate ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and visually.

  • Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others. Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Director/Supervisor.

  • Ability to mentor. Open to and encourages feedback and new initiatives. Shares information and techniques with team members.

  • Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Self-motivated and pro-active. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base. 

  • Efficient and detail oriented. Ability to complete work with minimal supervision.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work collaboratively

  • Ability to fulfill performance expectations with minimal iterations and deliver work on time per production quota requirements.