Privately funded ongoing character animation project

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• At least 2 years experience as a Character Animator
• Provide both demo reel AND native files that show efficient and expressive character animation
• Solid understanding of traditional animation skills along with the ability to incorporate those skills into a preexisting rig
• Well-versed in all aspects of the animation pipeline and possesses a strong grasp of real world acting, file organization, and cinematic storytelling.
• Strong organizational skills
• Follow supplied file naming and organization conventions
• Respond fully and promptly within a small team to email requests and changes

• Positive, team-oriented attitude
• Following animatic timing to create fully expressive character animation that adheres to rough project & character personality, but also with your own creative flair
• We may request that you animate a small sample.
• Fluent English speakers only. Time zone is Central Time (Wisconsin)
• Animate characters & camera in AE or Blender. Other programs acceptable if you can match the clean, cell-shaded style. Adobe Illustrator and Blender base files available.

Looking for a skilled and experienced character animator for a small, ongoing cartoon series. This project currently has only 2 part-time animators working on it, but we need to ramp-up production considerably over the next 6 months. Pay is $20 to $40 per hour, depending on skill level, speed, and appropriateness of samples supplied.
We are looking for essentially 2 primary skills:
1) Animation. An ability to mimic both fun/cartoony and naturalistic-seeming motion with simplified, jointed characters - with facial expressions - in either After Effects or Blender.
2) Communication & Openness. Prompt response to emails is critical, even if it's to say "I'll be able to get back to you at (specific time)", and then responding at the promised time. This is a talent we will need you to exercise continually. You will need to be experienced at incorporating changes via emails that bullet-point specific requests. You'd be surprised how often this is lacking! Ask questions! Your ability to ask questions is my best indication that you have your own creative POV. Your comfort inserting your creative ideas and direction is the indication of your professionalism I am looking for.

Project: All art is flat/cell shaded. Segments/characters that are animated in Blender are fully 3d meshes, and segments/characters animated After Effects are built in Adobe Illustrator, with simple segment parenting in AE. Some may be rigged using the Duik Bassel AE plugin. Most backgrounds are 2D.
The content of the project is aimed at children under 10, with unique, copyrighted characters and story lines.
This is a FUN project. Expressiveness & gentle physical humor and exaggeration are essential.
While essentially we are looking for skilled animators, if you have well-rounded experience in all aspects of the character animation pipeline that's be a plus. Input and ideas at all stages - script, storyboard, animatic, SFX, animation, pacing & timing, VO - will make you an essential team member as this project grows.
Skills: Will need you to lovingly manage every aspect of your character animation. That means from acting your scene out physically with video, to managing project files and naming conventions. As an animator, you don’t just copy what's in the animatic, you don't just sit down and animate what pops into your head, and you don’t create sloppy files that are opaque to other animators. You plan and build your work with consideration and care.
  • Less than 30 hrs/week
  • 1-3 months
  • Intermediate
    Experience Level
  • $20.00-$40.00
  • Remote Job
  • Ongoing project
    Project Type
  • Contract-to-hire
    This job has the potential to turn into a full time role

Skills and Expertise

2D Animation Software
Blender Adobe Character Animator
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Animation Style
Footage-Based Video
2D Animation Character Design Adobe Illustrator 3D Animation Adobe After Effects Animation
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About the client

Member since Sep 1, 2021
  • United States
    Cross Plains 5:24 pm
  • 2 jobs posted
    100% hire rate, 1 open job
  • $2,938 total spent
    8 hires, 3 active
  • $40.00 /hr avg hourly rate paid
    5 hours
  • Member since Sep 1, 2021

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