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Production Designer (Senior Lead Stop Motion Production Designer)

Vancouver, Canada

Film (Short)

Starts Nov 01

Full Time

  • Title: Wheetago War
  • Job Requirements: On-location production (all travel costs covered).

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples- Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Spotted Fawn Productions (SFP) is an independent and Indigenous-led stop motion animation studio in Vancouver, BC., seeking extremely innovative thinkers who have experience and skills related to the multifaceted medium of stop-motion animation. SFP is starting a new production co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada titled Wheetago War- a stop motion animated short film based on a short story from Richard Van Camp and directed by Amanda Strong.

Post-apocalyptic earth is ruled by the Wheetago, the dark spirit of greed which can turn humans and animals into horned merciless monsters, waging a war against the last remaining protectors of magic.


We are seeking an experienced Senior Lead Stop Motion Production Designer for a full-time, contract position beginning in November 2021 - August 2022.


The ideal candidate must have:

Education

Diploma in Arts, Theatre, Film and Design;
Bachelor in Fine Arts focusing on Stop Motion Animation and Film Design;
Miniature & Puppetry Diploma;
Theatre & Film Design Diploma; and
Art Illustration and Painting Diploma.

Experience

Teaching experience. Current instructor in Stop Motion Animation, Arts, Theatre, Miniature & Painting;
Minimum of 10 years of Production Design experience;
Minimum of 10 years of experience in Stop Motion Animation;
Minimum of 10 years of experience in Miniature Design;
Expert knowledge of all the designing softwares (Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, 3D softwares, Dragonframe, Sketchup, Excel, Procreate);
Experience in leading crews of approximately 10-15 people;
Experience as an Animator in Stop Motion;
Experience as a Fabricator of Sets, Props & Puppets: knowledge of materials, techniques, tools and safety protocols; knowledge of a variety of paint, painted texture and painting techniques; variety of skills in woodworking, sculpting and general carpentry; and
Experience on Film Sets (Live Action & Stop Motion): understanding of work in a high-energy, fast-paced film environment.


As part of the Key Creative team you will:

-Work closely with a Director, Animation Director, Director of Photography and Art Director on planning and designing the sets for the film;

-Creating the overall looks and colours along with the Art Director for the sets & props;

-Work to a specific scale, solve any issues that may arise, have a keen eye for detail. The sets and props must be stable, built with accuracy and stand up to heavy use;

-Providing consultation to other departments: Puppets, Animation, Camera;

-Working with Production Team on schedules and shooting order;

-Training the crew of approximately 10 people- builders of sets & props (Teaching scale, miniature, materials, troubleshooting, working under pressure, softwares, tools, painting, design, organization, etc);

-Working with the crew of Fabricators on building sets & props, creating the world together for puppets to be animated in and providing feedback along the way;

-Being a mentor;

-Creating an overall feel of the film;

-Construct under tight deadlines set along with the Production Team whilst maintaining a very high standard of fabrication; and

-Use a wide range of tools and materials proficiently and adhere to safety standards.


Please apply with a resume/ CV listing all the above-mentioned education & experience requirements, Demo reel or films that you worked on as a Lead Stop Motion Production Designer, Production Designer in Live Action and Stop Motion Animator, Portfolio with images of Design and Fabrication experience, please attach Website as well. We will be asking to provide at least three relevant references.

We are interested in interviewing those who have proven skills, and want to dedicate themselves to a project with meaning and lots of heart. Remuneration to be determined based on experience. This contract position will be paid on a semi-monthly basis.


Note:

-We are an inclusive work environment centering around Indigenous values, as our studio is led by and prioritizes hiring Women, BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ artists.

-We value ethical work practices: On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories.

-Taking applications until October 31st, 2021.

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