Character Design Team Lead

Brown Bag Films
Dublin, Ireland
Job type: Contract

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Job Description

The position of Character Design Team Lead requires someone with a very strong artistic eye and flair for character design with the ability to adapt to a variety of different styles. This profile will also serve as mentor and manager for all character designers within the Art Department. 

Successful applicants will have excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work collaboratively with multiple tasks in a fast paced production.

Skills & Requirements

Key Areas of responsibility: 

  • Works closely with the Art Director/CG Supervisor to set the required look for show.
  • Responsible for pushing character designs to help define the look and feel of the show or concept.
  • Create colour artwork for 2D Asset Designs if required.
  • Communicates that design across departments, 2D through 3D phases, working closely with Directors & Art directors on main or complex designs.
  • Do draw overs on 3d Models ensuring clear direction of design changes.
  • Approve expression sheets for all characters.
  • Review all turnarounds and give notes to the designer or make small amendments as required.
  • Working with the Production Manager to have an awareness of the schedule.
  • Responsible for script breakdown into sets, props, layouts, location designs and re-use where possible.
  • Maintaining quality and style under tight deadlines
  • Works closely with the Production team, 3D & 2D Artists and Directors, Art Director and Client.

Supervise the quality control (both technically and visually) of the external asset assignments and ensure the outsource partner has clear direction.

Department Team management responsibilities 

  • Act as line Manager for a team of 4 to 8 team members. responsibilities include:
     - team member performance issues related to workflow and pipeline
     - appraisals every 3 months
     - Bi-Weekly one to one’s with teams
  • Mentor and train your team of character designers,
  • Collaborate closely with department coordinator, Head of art department, Art Directors on assigning the correct artist to project tasks.
  • Help reinforce that all technical guidelines and rules are followed correctly.
  • Provide leadership and support to character designers, both creatively and technically, and ensure they partner effectively with Production Management and they deliver their goals.
  • Assists in the casting decisions for projects.
  • Collaborate with the head of department on recruiting to help identify top talent for the team.

Person Specification: 

  • Must have at least 4 - 6 years’ experience working as a Lead character designer (or similar position) in either broadcast or feature film work
  • The ability to adapt and work in a variety of different styles.
  • A good understanding of anatomy.
  • Strong working knowledge of colour, art and design (preferable but not required)
  • Clear communication and follow through on tasks.
  • Task Driven, self-motivated, and proactive
  • Good understanding of an 3D animation production and how 2D designs translate into 3D models for animation (a big advantage, but not required)
  • Must be able to communicate in an articulate and positive manner.
  • Must take direction well.
  • Must be comfortable with leading and mentoring a team of character designers

    Contract type: Fixed Term
    Portfolio should show examples of a variety of different style, Characters, layout, props and turnarounds.

How to Apply

About the Company

Brown Bag Films are one of Europe’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studios and is part of the 9 Story Media Group, with locations in Toronto, Dublin, Manchester, New York and Bali.

Making stand out/exceptional content for kids is at the heart of everything we do, and our bar is always set to “excellent” when it comes to the quality of our work. Our studios are highly collaborative spaces, where mentoring and on the job training is built into our daily practices. Our team members benefit from competitive compensation packages, working on award-winning 2D and 3D content, a thriving work culture and maybe too much cake! 

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