Background Design & Paint Lead - 2D Animated Kids Series

North Hollywood, CA /
Design /
Full Time
We are looking to hire an experienced Background Design & Paint Lead to help translate our unique series style to our designers and production design partner studio in Atlanta. 3+ years of experience art directing or supervising a department in episodic series television is ideal, preferably in kids animated comedy/drama.

Covid-19 Update:
We are currently hiring artists and production crew to work safely and remotely on our shows.
Thank you for applying!

Responsibilities:

    • Manage and direct a team of background designers and background painters to accomplish the creative vision for a new kids series, according to the production schedule
    • Review storyboards for visual elements, working in conjunction with the Episodic Directors
    • Oversee creation and maintenance of model packs and style guides, including but not limited to main background keys, production BGs and Props, line art and color styling
    • Oversee workflow to ensure all deadlines are met
    • Assist with the generation of creative retake materials
    • Communicate appropriate creative notes to partner studio
    • With LP's prior approval, assign any necessary overflow design or color work to freelance artists and supervise artists' work
    • Create rough and clean designs and color as necessary to ensure deadlines are met
    • Liaise with Directors, Art Director, Executive Producers and Line Producer to manage the creation of any special artwork or materials needed for press art, on-air promotions or any other uses to ensure the style of the series is maintained
    • Guide artists through the design process and communicate any special needs

    • Rough Design:
    • Communicate special design needs or directives to the artists and appropriate production staff
    • Review completed designs with artists
    • Communicate and supervise any necessary changes
    • Meet regularly with appropriate production staff to communicate progress of department
    • Review completed designs with appropriate creative supervisors and ensure any further revisions are implemented

    • Clean-up:
    • Direct clean-up process with artists, including monitoring schedule, deadlines and priorities
    • Review clean designs and layouts with appropriate creative supervisors and oversee any revisions or changes, as needed

    • Color:
    • Oversee color stylists and BG painters and communicate creative directives of the series, including special needs, such as lighting requirements, stylistic concerns and/or special color/palette needs - Review color models and BGs in conjunction with art director and EPs
    • Communicate and supervise any necessary changes
    • If necessary, assist with revisions
    • Attend color correction sessions, as available

Qualifications:

    • 3+ years of experience art directing or supervising a department in episodic series television, preferably in kids animated comedy/drama
    • Knowledge of 2D animation and a thorough understanding of a 2D production pipeline from development to post production
    • Fundamental understanding of form, design, and color principles
    • Toon Boom Harmony knowledge is a plus
    • Comfortable working digitally on a Cintiq and strong proficiency in Photoshop
    • Outstanding people skills: ability to guide a unique group of creative staff
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills
    • Must be able to adapt to changes easily within a highly dynamic environment, including the management of the team within this environment
    • Strong attention to detail is critical
    • Previous supervisory and leadership experience, including demonstrated ability to manage and motivate a team
    • Must be a Local 839 member or willing to join