DreamWorks TV - Background Designer

Posted: 1/22/2020

Location: Glendale, California
Function: Production
Specialty: Art, Creative
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


SUMMARY:
DreamWorks Animation Television is seeking a Background Designer with a diverse set of skills to join our team on an unannounced CG show - action/comedy. The Background Designer creates background/CYCS/set designs, overlays, underlays, shadow and color guides, floor plans, orthographics and any other background/CYCS/set -related art that the production may require, ensuring style and quality of show is met.

This exciting new opportunity is based in Glendale, California and is covered by the Animation Guild.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Review script for sets, CYCS, and backgrounds needed at handout of show
  • Complete all rough, revised and final designs necessary within assigned deadlines
  • Create orthographics for environments, structures and props - including turns using existing approved designs
  • Resolve design problems with creative supervisors
  • If required, generate multiple views of environment and specific elements within it
  • If applicable, make special shadow and color indications
  • Willingness to take feedback and rework material while maintaining a fresh perspective
  • Communicate progress of work to appropriate production staff and ensure all deadlines are met
  • Ensure all artwork is properly backed up, organized and stored appropriately
  • Ensure all shipping materials are prepared and ready on time
  • Assist with special projects when needed


  • ● Must demonstrate proficiency in style of show
    ● Strong background design skills
    ● Thorough understanding of perspective
    ● Advanced knowledge of Photoshop
    ● Knowledge of or willingness to learn applicable design software and hardware
    ● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    ● Is a team player, who genuinely enjoys working with others
    ● Strong time-management skills
    ● Works well in a fast paced production environment under pressure

    ● Relevant drawing experience necessary
    ● BA in Fine Arts or equivalent work experience preferred
    ● At least 3 years of experience in television animation, feature animation and/or video games
    ● Bachelor’s degree preferred
    ● Working knowledge of Maya/Zbrush/Modo is a plus
    ● Portfolio that demonstrates seasoned design skills
    ● Experience designing for CG

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