Junior Crowd Animator

  • Full Time
  • London, UK
  • Applications have closed

Blue Zoo

Salary or Budget: Competitive
Experience required: 1+ years

Our Junior Crowd Animators work within a team of animators to create an interesting array of characters animation for secondary characters. For this action packed show, secondary characters play a huge role in the storytelling and in some moments, are key to the story.

The day-to-day focuses on comedic timing, charming acting choices, and production deadlines, whilst meeting the Director’s vision and the brief from the Client.
We are very happy to discuss flexible, hybrid and remote working options for all our vacancies.

Day to Day:

  • Working as part of a team of animators, and regularly communicating with your Team Lead and Animation Supervisor.
  • Managing your time efficiently to meet the deadlines of your assigned shots.
  • Making sure your work is communicating the story, ideas and acting choices clearly from blocking through to the final animation.
  • Responding positively to, and acting on notes and feedback from your Director and Animation Supervisor.
  • Creating and applying animation cycles on background characters.
  • Working efficiently with large volumes of characters and applying methods e.g. caching to speed up the workflow.

About You

Must Have:

  • Experience animating a crowd
  • Experience understanding body mechanics, posing and getting the best performance possible out of a character
  • A solid and technical understanding of Maya
  • Ability to receive feedback and respond positively to direction
  • Good time management and prioritising skills
  • Ability to share knowledge and skills with other team members
  • Ability as a great team player and collaborator
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • A solid grasp of creating and applying animation cycles

Bonus Points:

  • Python or Mel script knowledge
  • Additional creative skills i.e drawing/acting/dance etc.
  • Shotgun or FTrack knowledge

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs, an Annie and an Emmy along the way!

We couldn’t be prouder that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corp certification. We’ve been independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organisation who award the B Corp certification. The certification verifies companies who are working to improve the lives of employees as well as industries as a whole. The certification process involves over 170 rigorous metrics to improve the lives of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the local community, ensuring we are not just saying we are ethical with empty gestures, but independently evidencing it.

We are going through an exciting period of growth and are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives – whatever our situation – is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.

We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated to make things better. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other’s differences and seek to understand and embrace fresh perspectives.

What we’ve got for you:

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year – even though some of them have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday “beer o’clock” and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit share (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies.

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.