Position: Background Supervisor
Reports to: Technical Producer
Location: Toronto, ON
Facility: 2 Fraser Avenue
Deluxe Animation Studios is a global animation service provider supporting creators in bringing their stories to life. Our team of world-class animation production veterans are innovators and problem-solvers.
We’re currently seeking seeking a highly skilled Background Supervisor for a 2D animated feature film. The Background Supervisor will oversee the entire process of delivering striking background art, ensuring the look of each scene meets the standards of Production and is consistent throughout the film. This role reports directly to the Technical Producer.
Responsibilities – Your Impact/What You’ll Be Doing
- Collaborate with Director and key creative team to explore and develop the creative style of the project, working from 2D visual development reference.
- Must be able to work from and interpret storyboards, animatics, layouts, to create high-quality Environments while maintaining strong shot-to-shot continuity.
- Collaborate with the Pipeline team in the creation of background painting workflow and support their implementation throughout the production.
- Oversee delegation, review and approval of backgrounds with local and international artists with Deluxe Animations Studios proprietary systems.
- Work with Background Artists to add color, textures and details to background designs.
- Support the story’s narrative by adding color and dimension to the film’s scenery.
- Review artists’ work and provide ongoing feedback.
- Refer to the color keys laid out by the Art Director to maintain the established color style of the film.
- Support all departments with fixes/changes and any issues that may arrive during production.
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications – What you bring to the team
- Bachelor’s degree in Animation, Film, Art or equivalent professional work experience.
- A minimum of 3+ years’ experience in animation production.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with Supervisors, Technical Directors and Production Management throughout a project.
- Demonstrated leadership and coaching abilities.
- Self-driven, strong communicator and motivator.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks, set priorities and solve problems.
- Proficient in Photoshop.
- Proven ability as a Background Painter.
- A strong artistic background and understanding of light, shadow and color.
- Good understanding of traditional animation and color theory.
- Link to Demo Reel/Portfolio showcasing 2D Animation work done in recent years.
- Flexibility to work extended hours and/or weekends to meet project deadlines
Company Benefits & Perks
- We have a great company culture! We value our crew and the creativity and innovation they put into delivering these amazing projects
- We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits program
- We’re located in the heart of Liberty Village, close to amenities and easily accessible by public transit
- We dress casual and comfortable
- Cereal bar, unlimited oatmeal, unlimited coffee, tea, fruits, and snacks!
Deluxe is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity and inclusion in our workplace. Accommodation is available on request during all stages of the selection and hiring process.