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Doodle Productions Hiring CGI Character Animators - Mids

Location: London

Doodle Productions are looking for 2 Mid Character Animators to join us in-house in our London Studio in October, for the second series of our animated kids TV Series ‘Messy Goes to Okido’.

 Job Description

  • Animate characters and props in scenes as briefed by Series Director and Animation Director

  • Accurately follow all reference material available, including animatics, layout and launch notes

  • Prepare shots for review by Animation Director and Series Director, in a timely fashion prior to deadline

  • Incorporate any retakes and creative or logistical feedback as requested

  • Incorporate any QC or technical fixes as requested

  • Create and publish scenes which meet the technical specifications of the CG Department, to ensure all materials are ready and efficient as possible to use at all stages of the production pipeline

  • Meet the animation quotas and deadlines given by production

Essential Skills

  • Must have minimum a degree in 3D CGI character animation and 3 years industry experience as an animator

  • Strong knowledge of / experience using Maya

  • Demonstrable aptitude for cartoony style animation and accurate lip sync

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills; ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines

  • Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in spoken English

Desirable Skills & Attributes

  • Strong sense of posing, timing and performance

  • Strong ability to focus, attention to detail and understanding of the importance of continuity

  • Excellent knowledge of and aptitude for facial acting animation

  • Understanding and aptitude for comic timing and delivery

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    Sense of responsibility and ownership of one’s work; meticulous nature when it comes to checking your own work before submitting for review

  • Ability to take direction, eagerness to address constructive feedback and improve work exponentially

  • Understanding of various production pipelines; the show incorporates 3D and 2D animation and live action backgrounds

  • Proactive in seeking out new tasks and eagerness to learn from and help others in your team

  • Good problem-solving skills, adaptable and positive attitude to approaching challenges

Further information

  • Start date beginning of October 2017.

  • This is a contract position.

  • Please note that this is an in-house role in our studio in East London. Candidates must have a valid EU work permit and be eligible to live and work in the UK / willing and able to relocate to London. We are not able to sponsor Visas for this project.

  • Please read the job description carefully and only apply if you meet all the necessary criteria.

  • When applying include your latest portfolio / showreel (ideally demonstrating cartoony style animation, movement and lip sync), CV and cover letter; this will ensure the best likelihood of a response to your application.

 

Please send applications to:  people@doodle-productions.com  with the title ‘Messy Goes to Okido Animator Application’.

Junior Marketing Analyst

Location: London

We are looking for a Junior Marketing Analyst to provide data analysis and insight to the marketing and business development teams.

About the role

The role will involve several data projects where analysis of marketing and business development data sets will be required. You will also be involved in helping run digital marketing campaigns from a technical perspective.

About you

  • Passionate about data.

  • Analytical mindset and approach.

  • Interest in digital marketing and sales, especially from a data perspective.

  • Ability to clearly present research concepts and communicate findings to colleagues around the business.

 Business Development

  • Managing the CRM database: tracking leads, key accounts, potentials and marketing and sales campaigns.

  • Providing training for users and helping to resolves IT issues.

  • Working with our Business Intelligence tool to analyse data sets across multiple business operations, providing sales projections and predictive analysis.

  • Helping to prepare reports and insights for business meetings.

  • Helping with improvements to functionality and consistency of data gathering.

  • Developing and maintaining performance reporting; identifying trends and recommendations for future improvements.

  • Detailed customer analysis for account management.

  • Market and competitor research.

 Digital Marketing

  • Developing digital campaigns across communications platforms and setting up the tools and metrics for tracking them.

  • Helping to develop marketing plans based upon data insights.

  • Collecting and analysing marketing data using the following tools:

    • Mailchimp for email marketing automation campaigns.

    • SEO analysis for the website using tools such as Moz.

    • Google Analytics, Adwords, Search Console, Keyword Planner and Tag Manager.

    • eCommerce platforms such as Shopify.

 Technical Expertise

  • Excellent Excel skills including working with formulas and pivot tables.

  • Experience working with data sets.

  • Relevant analytical degree such as statistics, maths or a political or economic science.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications.

 Technical Expertise (preferred but not essential)

  • Experience with SQL programming.

  • Web analysis tools: Google Analytics / Adwords / Console / Keyword Planner.

  • Email Marketing tools such as MailChimp.

  • Working with BI tools such as Tableau.

Please send applications to people@squintopera.com.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Location: London or Cheltenham

Squint/Opera are looking for a Quality Assurance (QA) engineer to join our expanding technical teams in either London or Cheltenham. This will involve developing and executing exploratory and automated tests to ensure and continuously improve our software delivery process.

Responsibilities include designing and implementing tests, debugging and defining corrective actions across many hardware configurations and platforms. You will also review system requirements and track quality assurance metrics working with our development team to build a level of automation and monitoring to our testing process.

The QA role plays an important part in our company’s current software development and future product process. Our ideal candidate will be responsible for conducting tests before software launches to ensure everything runs smoothly and meets client and user needs, while being cost-effective. If you hold an engineering background and enjoy providing end-to-end solutions to software quality problems, we’d like to meet you.

Ultimately, you should monitor all stages of software development to identify and resolve system malfunctions to meet quality standards.

 

Responsibilities

  • Review requirements, specifications and technical design documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback.

  • Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases

  • Estimate, prioritise, plan and coordinate testing activities

  • Design automation scripts using open source tools

  • Identify, record, document thoroughly and track bugs

  • Perform thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved

  • Develop and apply testing processes for new and existing products to meet client needs

  • Liaise with internal teams (e.g. developers and producers) to identify system requirements

  • Monitor debugging process results

  • Investigate the causes of non-conforming software and train users to implement solutions

  • Track quality assurance metrics, like defect densities and open defect counts

  • Stay up-to-date with new testing tools and test strategies

 

Requirements

  • Proven work experience in software development

  • Proven work experience in software quality assurance

  • Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools and processes

  • Experience in writing clear, concise and comprehensive test plans and test cases

  • Hands-on experience with both white box and black box testing

  • Hands-on experience with automated testing tools

  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process

  • Experience with performance and/or security testing is a plus

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject

Animation Production Assistant

Location: London

Doodle Productions is seeking an Animation Production Assistant to join our production team for Messy Goes to Okido Series 2.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Animation Production Manager / Animation Team to ensure clear communication and efficient flow of information across all departments

  • Support Animation Production Manager with arranging briefs and reviews and ensuring that meeting rooms are set up and ready to begin

  • Take notes during briefs and reviews and update tracking system accordingly

  • Support Animation Production Manager with creation and maintenance of tracking documents; setting up episodic shot list templates for 2D and 3D

  • Breakdown 2D episodic assets and graphic sequences

  • Help organise interviews for recruitment when needed

  • Tracking status of shots from ready to start for animation to ready to start for lighting

  • Check shots are published / pending review on time for Director Reviews

  • Tracking progress of all retakes / approving simple non-creative amends

  • Liaise with Animation Team and IT Dept regarding any minor issues to be addressed

  • Support Animation Team with any general queries

  • Prepare reference packages and information for new crew starters as required

  • Prepare Post Production Scripts for delivery

Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum 1 year industry experience on animated productions as runner / intern / production assistant or similar role

  • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills

  • Excellent administrative skills and fastidious nature when it comes to checking your own work

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office, googledocs and photoshop

  • Good knowledge of animation process and pipelines

  • Good understanding of schedules and importance of deadlines

  • Strong ability to multitask, work to tight deadlines and stay calm and diplomatic under pressure

  • Knowledge and experience with tracking software a distinct advantage, particularly ftrack

  • TV Series experience a distinct advantage

Further Information

  • This is a contract position.

  • The role would be in-house in our studio in East London. Candidates must have a valid work permit for the UK / EU and be willing and able to work on-site for the duration of the contract.

  • Start date as soon as possible.

Please send your application to people@doodle-productions.com.

 

Senior 3D generalist (moving image 3D)

Location: London

We are looking for an enthusiastic 3D generalist to be part of our London team.

Overview

Works with the Creative Director, 3d Leads and Producers to make sure project production process is smooth and shots within budget. Manages the technical aspects of projects, will focus on one large or several small projects at one time so must be flexible and able to prioritise. Work with the Pipeline Developer and Head of 3D to implement change to process and workflow where required.


About you
  • You are deeply passionate about working on architectural visualisation and strive to be the best in your field.
  • Incredible attention to detail and enjoys solving problems / anticipating
  • Good at estimating time for tasks and creating process to make tasks more efficient
  • Keeps up with industry trends
  • You are friendly and enjoy working in an open studio environment.

Responsibilities
  • Work alongside Creative Directors, Producers and team leads to deliver high quality work within deadline, budget and to client brief.
  • Acting as the Technical Lead on stills and/or animation projects.
  • Discussing creative direction and being able to estimate the time and resources that will be needed to complete the project as well as coming up with more time efficient solutions to creative problems
  • Ability to identify any issues that might come up, flag at beginning of project and create ways of managing and solving technical issues whilst maintaining quality 
  • Have a good understanding of the workflow and pipeline for stills and film.
  • Manage project deliverables and quality of output.
  • Collaborate with project members and help decide on the need for any new tools that can help with the production.
  • Very interested in all aspects of 3d graphics.

Skills
  • Experience 3DS Max, Nuke and VRay essential
  • 3D Animation skills, with an emphasis on moving image
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe creative suite, with an expert hand in Photoshop.
  • Thorough knowledge of modeling/texturing/lighting/rendering of 3d architectural scenes.
  • Understanding of film-making and experience compositing 3D into filmed shots
  • Knowledge of scripting an advantage

Head of IT

Location: London

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic IT professional to take the key role of Head of IT, overseeing and streamlining the systems and processes at the heart of what we do at Squint.

Reporting to: Group Management

Reported to by: IT Team

Responsibilities:

Internal

Manages IT team on a daily basis

Lead the technology strategy at Squint.

Finding, designing, communicating and implementing of new technologies and their commercial potential to best serve squint's pipeline and end products.

Implements internal systems to improve efficiency and quality

Reviews processes and ensures the most efficient way of working

Supervises and manages R&D programs

Maintaining a set of documentation of our systems and takes steps to improve where required

 

Ensure that ample IT support is provided to keep downtime due to issues at a minimum

Works with Technical Directors and Pipeline team to ensure systems and processes are meeting the needs of the divisions

Chair of the IT committee

 

External

Communication of new technologies and their commercial potential

Ensuring smooth delivery of products and services

 

Person Specification:

Confident and personable communicator

Planning and forecasting skills

Creative problem solver

Budgeting skills

Experience of system design in a similar organisation

Takes pride in the work of the organisation.



London

1-5 Vyner Street

London, E2 9DG

United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7978 7788

E: London Studio

Cheltenham

Royal House

Parabola Road

Cheltenham

GL50 3AH

T: +44 1242 515320

E: Cheltenham Studio

New York

273 Grand Street

Unit 3 West

New York

NY 10002

T: +1 646 850 4489

E: New York Studio

Dubai

Office 1105

Marina Plaza Building 

P.O.Box: 26917

Dubai, UAE

T: +971 43 392 755

T: +971 56 282 0770

E: Middle East Studio