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CGI Character Animator - Mid

Location: London

Doodle Productions are looking for one Mid Character Animator start 12th of March for minimum 5 weeks, until 13th of April in London, 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

  • Strong sense of posing, timing and performance

  • Excellent knowledge of and aptitude for facial acting animation

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

  • Understanding and aptitude for comic timing and delivery

  • 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 12th March, 2018.

  • This is a Freelance / contract position.

  • Please note that this is preferably an in-house role in our studio in East London. However, experienced remote animators may be considered if UK based.

  • 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’.

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.

 

3D Generalist (moving image)

Location: London

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

Overview

Works as a 3D Lead with the Creative Director and Producers to make sure project production process is smooth and shots within budget. Work with the Pipeline Developer and Head of 3D to implement change to process and workflow where required.

Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Creative Directors, Producers and team leads to deliver high quality work within deadline, budget and to client brief.
  • Acting as the 3D 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 3D Projects.
  • Manage project deliverables and quality of output.
  • Liaise with the Creative Director and Producer on ensuring the creative requirements on the project are met
  • Collaborate with project members and help decide on the need for any new tools that can help with the production.


Qualification/ Experience

  • 3 years experience of 3DS Max and VRay essential
  • Experience of Nuke an advantage
  • 3D Animation skills, with an emphasis on moving image
  • Good knowledge of Adobe creative suite, with an experienced 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
  • Have a good understanding of how to light both interior and exterior scenes.

Person Specification

 

  • 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 obstacles
  • Good at estimating time for tasks and creating process to make tasks more efficient
  • Understand the value of creating efficient clean models that can be handed off to another 3D team member without frustration.
  • Keeps up with industry trends
  • You are friendly and enjoy working in an open studio environment.


Studio Manager

Location:

We are looking for a new Studio Manager to join us in this key role in our organisation

Studio

  • Security – keys/entry system supervision, sometimes opening/locking up

  • Reception duties in the absence of the Studio Receptionist

  • Co-ordination of the reception service, the cleaning service and work space within the building

  • Responsible for maintaining a comfortable, clean and tidy working environment and making improvements where practical and necessary

  • Responsible for Studio supplies, such as fruit, tea/coffee, kitchen supplies, cleaning products etc.

  • Arranging work/maintenance around the studio

  • Liaising with HR and IT to ensure new starters have desk space, login details and the technical requirements for their role

  • Managing utilities and contracts, putting out to tender at intervals to ensure cost effectiveness

 

Health & Safety

  • Ensuring the studio is assessed and compliant with current Health & Safety standards.

  • Responsible for fire drills and fire alarm tests, ensuring compliance with fire regulations

  • Ensuring staff undertake an assessment of their workstations to avoid health issues arising and that they have a comfortable space in which to work.

  • Studio inductions for new starters

 

PA duties for CEO:

  • Calendar organisation and arrangement of meetings

  • Getting agreements signed, returned and filed

  • Completing awards/grant submissions/applications for Eye Present

  • Booking tickets or RSVPing to conferences/events

  • Making itineraries and arrangements for all business trips

  • Assisting with putting together presentations or documents when requested

  • Scheduling all Board Meetings (S/O, Doodle P, Doodle Bar, Eye P)

  • Collecting and sending out Board Meeting Papers in advance

 

Team

  • Managing cleaner – ensuring she has cleaning products, pointing out one off jobs etc

  • Managing Studio Receptionist and Studio Runner – delegating tasks and ensuring their responsibilities are met

  • Working closely with the Head of IT to ensure the smooth running of the studio communications infrastructure

  • Working closely with the Head of Operations to ensure the best facilities service is being delivered

 

Person Specification

  • Up to date knowledge of Health & Safety standards

  • Interpersonal and relationship management skills

  • A practical and flexible attitude to problem solving

  • Organisational and people management skills

Please apply with your CV and covering letter to people@squintopera.com

Sales manager - OKIDO

Location: London

OKIDO is a fast growing e-commerce retail business selling magazine subscriptions, publications, toys and children’s apparel associated with the hit TV show ‘Messy Goes To OKIDO’. Our highly creative and ambitious in-house team share a passion in designing and creating exceptional and ethical products for children.

The Role

We are looking for motivated and ambitious Sales Manager to join our team in managing the sales of products directly to our customers via our new e-commerce site.

This would suit a candidate that is keen to make their mark on the business, lead a highly motivated team and manage growing collections of toys, homeware, apparel, magazines and publications designed by the creative team.

Ideally you would have;

·Previous retail management experience

e-commerce/web maintenance experience

Passion for children’s space and design industry

·Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills

·Natural rapport and development of customer relationships

·Mindful communication and consistent approachability

·Immaculate self-presentation

·Entrepreneurial flair & imagination

Key tasks

Management

Stock

Management and control of stock system to include:

 Photographing all new stock

Writing copy for all new stock

Uploading all new stock onto website

Creating bar-codes

Adding and tracking all new and existing stock into stock system

 Maintaining web portal shop

Creating offers

Managing coupon codes

Weekly / monthly reporting of goods sold

Working with magazine team, web developer, e-commerce admin and studio manage

Subscriptions

Management of all existing and new subscriptions including:

 All correspondence with subscribers

Delivery of all subscription issues

Weekly reporting of subscriptions gained and lost

Working with magazine team, studio manager and marketing          

Fulfilment

Management and reporting of all goods in and out

Daily posting

Possible weekend posting

Returns

Refunds

Working with magazine team, accounts and studio manager 

Customer service

 Manning:

Customer services phone line

Online live chat

Email enquiries

Tracking all of the above

Weekly / monthly reports of all enquiries and their outcomes

Working with magazine team, web developer and web admin

Stockists

Update stockists list

Monthly Communication with stockists

Returns

Invoicing (working with accounts)

What we offer

In return for the dedication of our team, we offer a supportive and friendly working environment in an exciting area of East London with staff benefits and progression paths. Our employment scheme includes the following:

Opportunity to grow and progress with the brand

Pension scheme

Child care vouchers

Ride to work scheme

 To Apply:  Email CV and Cover letter to people@squintopera.com

 

 

OKIDO Internship

Location: London

We are looking for an enthusiastic Intern to provide content for OKIDO's online presence as well as the OKIDO Magazine

Position:

• Creative student or graduate to join OKIDO Studio
• 2-3 days per week (Monday through Wednesdays only, non flexible)
• For 1-3 months
• Starting immediately
• To provide creative content for web, magazine and social media platforms to
include:
◦ Youtube
◦ Facebook
◦ Instagram
◦ Twitter
• Should be skilled or experienced in all (or most) of the following:
◦ Video making
◦ Animation
◦ Photography
◦ Graphic design
• Working with comms and editorial team
Candidate should be:
• Creative student or graduate
• Competent in:
◦ Video editing
◦ Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
• Self motivated
• Able to follow a brief
• Looking for great experience in a design studio
• Will leave with great work for their show-reel and portfolio

Details:

• Paid internship
• £60 per day
• 10am – 6pm

Doodle Productions Ltd
1-5 Vyner Street
London
E2 9DG

Applications:

• By email to:
info@okido.co.uk

• Put INTERNSHIP in the subject box along with your name

• Please send details of when and for how long you are looking for an internship
along with a CV and 6 examples of work.

Squint VFX Producer (maternity cover)

Location: London

Working successfully alongside the Creative and Technical Leads to support the development of the projects from beginning to end

   

Squint VFX
Producer (Maternity Cover)

The Basics
Hours - 0930 - 1800 - Monday to Friday

Culture
Partnership, Transparency, Equality, Creativity, Fairness, Innovation, Responsible, Passion, Selflessness

Your Role

  • Working successfully alongside the Creative and Technical Leads to support the development of the projects from beginning to end
  • Devise practical solutions to production issues
  • Managing the i/o process
  • Script breakdowns - bidding
  • Scheduling and planning resource
  • Developing freelance contacts and relationships
  • Team management
  • Managing dailies
  • Client liaison and management
  • Estimating for new work
  • Financial Management of production budgets
  • Billing the client
  • Ensure Squint VFX standards are adhered to and in line with creative standards

Person Specification

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Approachable, flexible attitude, responds well to changing priorities
  • Sustains performance and remains calm and controlled when under pressure or in difficult situations 
  • Organised and efficient – leads a range of complex and simple projects


Above and Beyond

  • Developing new client relationships
  • Finding potential projects
  • Building loyal teams 
  • Significant contribution to pipeline and workflow
  • Business analysis contribution

 To apply: Please send your CV and Cover Letter to people@squintopera.com

 

Technical Artist

Location: London

Being the link between artists and developers, with a background in both disciplines, the Technical Artist ensures integration between the artistic vision of a project and the technical development making it a reality

 

Responsibilities

  • Working closely with lead artists and developers to successfully integrate design and programming aspects of projects
  • Advising on the possibilities and setting up systems and processes for creating and developing interactive real time environments
  • Supporting the Producer, advising on technical issues regarding visual design and contributing creative ideas
  • Identifying bottlenecks and limitations in the pipeline
  • Researching and developing new techniques, implementing the best ones and training others on these
  • Identifying where custom tools could be used to improve processes

Qualification/ Experience

  • Proficient in 3DS Max, Vray, Unity.
  • Working knowledge of Unreal an advantage
  • At least 3 years relevant experience with real-time 3D environments
  • Experience building for VR an advantage
  • Architectural Visualisation experience an advantage
  • Thorough understanding of developing pipelines and processes
  • Strong creative background

Person Specification

  • Strong communication skills, keeping in touch with colleagues across multiple sites
  • Able to confidently communicate creative needs to technical personnel and vice versa
  • Passionate about real time 3D and VR
  • Ability to understand conflicting viewpoints and resolve issues
  • Approachable, flexible, adapts well to changing priorities
  • Perseverance when faced with difficulties

 To Apply:  Please send your CV and Cover letter to people@squintopera.com

IT Support Engineer (2nd/3rd Line)

Location: London

The 2nd/3rd line Support Engineer will provide effective IT assistance across the business and work on a broad range of IT projects

Responsibilities

  • Managing Windows and Mac systems and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. 
  • Demonstrate experience around both hardware and software related solutions (including configuration and installation of networked equipment, deployment of the software, etc.).
  • Software licensing.
  • New user set ups 
  • Working with cloud based systems, storage and back up faciltiies.
  • Professionally respond to telephone calls and email service requests
  • Responding to IT issues arising during the working day

Qualification/ Experience

  • 3-4 year experience within a 2nd / 3rd line support capacity
  • Experienced at supporting and maintaining MS Server/Desktops
  • Experienced at supporting and maintaining email systems (Office 365 or Google Apps)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2/ 2012 R2, Windows 7/8
  • MS Office suite
  • Active Directory
  • VMWare ESX 5 – 6
  • Networking knowledge including LAN/WAN technologies including fault finding
  • HP Desktops and notebooks
  • Apple Macs (Mac Pro, iMac, Macbook)
  • HP Switch technology, managing VLANs.
  • Centralized AV products like Symantec or Mcafee
  • Office 365 and Azure (basic knowledge)
  • Backup Exec skills or similar Backup software
  • Strong imaging WDS or SCCM - required
  • Working with storage systems – good knowledge required.
  • Knowledge of ticketing system
  • Any experience of working with VFX application or post production house will be a bonus.
  • Any scripting experience will be a bonus but not required.
  • Any linux experience with Cobbler & Puppet will be a bonus but not required.
  • Other duties might include ordering IT goods and communicating with suppliers and vendors.

Person Specification

  • Collaborative and friendly approach
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal service skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team
  • Flexibility to work effectively in a changing environment.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work environment and changes in priorities.
  • Exceptional troubleshooting and analytical skills
  • Works to help problem solve creatively and quickly
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

Please apply with your CV and cover letter to people@squintopera.com



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