Effects Trainee

  • Temporary
  • Burbank, CA
  • 14/10/2022

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years

Flex Type Hybrid – This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Join us for an opportunity to experience the art of animation and be a part of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Talent Development Program is an immersive experience available for emerging artists for up to a 12 month paid position. Under the guidance of a Disney mentor, the Talent Development Program offers a unique opportunity to hone and understand skills, refine and strengthen key disciplines, and engage in a real-time production environment with mentorship support.

The Effects Trainee Program begins January 2023. Please note, this program is currently planned to be a hybrid and/or in-person opportunity based in our Burbank, California studio.

The Effects Trainee

Disney Effects artists create stunning visuals through collaboration with artists from all parts of the animation pipeline. Whether supporting production design through stylization or hyperrealism, they push the boundaries of what is possible. They are challenged to create the unexpected and to invoke an emotional impact in support of the creative vision.

As an Effects Trainee, the first four months of your program are structured to introduce you to the art of Effects animation, our studio culture, and our production environment. These initial months will showcase the skills and philosophies of our Effects department while providing you nurturing mentorship with a Disney artist. A four month review provides you with real-time feedback and determines future assignments and promotional opportunities that would bring your skills into real-time production environments.

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Am I Eligible To Apply? What We’re Looking For:

  • 18 years or older
  • Emerging artists with less than 5 years experience in the Animation industry
  • Recent graduates – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Technical proficiency inspired by art
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to brainstorm and collaborate in a team setting to reimagine, prototype, or even fake an effect
  • A strong understanding of animation fundamentals, design, and composition
  • An understanding of how structural elements, physical dynamics, and natural forces inform effects animation
  • Experience using commercial graphics packages including Houdini and/or Maya
  • A working knowledge of Houdini and Linux is required
  • A working knowledge of Maya is a plus
  • Exposure to current techniques in rendering, shading, lighting, and compositing
  • Exposure to scripting

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time, to our 60th animated feature, Encanto, releasing November 2021. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Secret Lab, which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Secret Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.disneycareers.com.

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