Lead Animator

Cinesite Vancouver is hiring a Lead Animator to join us on our creepy, kooky animated theatrical feature film, The Addams Family!

Position Overview:

The Animation Lead works closely with the Directors and the Animation Supervisor to facilitate the team’s creation of high quality character animation that meets the creative and technical needs of the project.


  • Work with the Directors and Animation Supervisor to help define the acting requirements on both a sequence and shot basis
  • Collaborate with the team to ensure the creative goals of the Directors and Animation Supervisor are met
  • Interact with Rigging to ensure the performance requirements of the character work with the rig and tools
  • Work with the Animation Supervisor and Animation Coordinator to help the team hit deadlines and ensure the quotas are met for both shots and sequences
  • Work with the Animation Supervisor and Animation Coordinator on casting shots/assignments to their teams
  • Mentor and lead their team by example by providing them with guidance and instruction to help in their artistic and professional improvement
  • Help with recruiting and participate in interviews and ensure that animation new hires are provided the necessary training and assistance
  • Participate in animation reviews and meetings as required
  • Track continuity issues within the sequences and between artists

Skills and Requirements:

  • Minimum of 7+ years professional animation experience working with Maya
  • Interpret a storyboard
  • Work collaboratively, taking direction and feedback from the Directors and Animation Supervisor effectively
  • Help deliver the highest quality animation feasible within the production parameters and consistently meet departmental production quota requirements
  • Experience creating expressive hand and facial animation in a production environment
  • Solid understanding of traditional animation principles
  • Able to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
  • Task driven, self–motivated and proactive team player
  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot technically
  • Experience with rigging a plus

P.S. Our studio is built on respect and inclusion – it is a safe place for all to come to work. No jerks allowed! That includes respecting and accepting individual differences and preferences, creating equality and equity in our practices, and including everyone to create a sense of belonging. We are a work in progress and are always striving to improve.