Senior Assistant Production Manager Needed – Animation 3D

Starz Animation, Toronto, one of Canada’s largest 3D Animation Studios, is currently in pre-production on Miramax Film’s major animation movie, “Gnomeo and Juliet”. Directed by Kelly Asbury and with music and lyrics by legendary songwriting team ELTON JOHN & BERNIE TAUPIN, this animated feature will be released in 2011.

Position Description:

Senior Assistant Production Manager (APM)

Reports to Production Manager/Associate Producer

Job Duties:

Schedule and Workflow

Works with Production Managers and/or Associate Producer to meet overall production scheduling and budget requirements and helps to ensure the budget and scheduling are updated as changes are made to the film’s production flow and/ or staffing profile. Understands how changes may effect the budget, scheduling and overtime.

Looks ahead to ensure that weekly quotas, department milestones & inventory expectations are met. Strategizes with Department Lead, Senior Management and possibly other APMs to resolve any production and/or inventory issues.

Collaborates with Department Lead/Head to ensure the complexity of work is consistent with department budget and schedule. Strategizes with Department Lead and Senior Management on how to resolve any complexity overages.

Collaborates with Department Lead/Head to develop and manage workflow process.

Develops and manages internal department schedules and staffing requirements. Maintains list of critical assumptions and highlights any vulnerabilities.

Creates and maintains reports that clearly illustrate department and individual artist productivity.

Collaborates with Department Lead/Head to cast assignments and issue deadlines to artists.

Perform walk-arounds to check in with the crew.

Attends Director approvals and helps to drive this meeting.

Mentoring and Staffing

Primary production person within department. Supervises and mentors Production Coordinators and Production Assistants for that dept.

Ensures the department lead is following studio review process and delivering timely performance reviews and feedback.

Partners with Department Lead and Senior Management to manage conflict within the department and partners with Human Resources regarding disciplinary procedures. Documents conflicts and provides updates to Human Resources and Senior Management.

Supports and represents directives from the studio and/ or production leadership.

May assist Production Management with handling transitions.

May be involved in the interviewing and hiring process.

Morale and Communication

Responsible for maintaining crew morale.

Represents department in weekly production meetings. Reports department progress and discusses solutions to any issues impeding the department.

Partners with the Department Lead/Head to manage, motivate and create an environment conducive to achieving quotas and artistic achievements.

Experience Required:

A minimum of five to seven years in production.

CG Feature animation experience preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Excel, Microsoft word a must.

About the Film

Gnomeo and Juliet — distributed by Miramax Films — is an animated picture directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2), produced by Baker Bloodworth, David Furnish, Steve Hamilton-Shaw and with songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Now in pre-production.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume indicating which position you are applying for to:

We thank everyone for their interest in advance, but given the high volume of response we will be unable to reply to everyone in person. No phone calls please.

Thank you.

About Starz Animation, Toronto

Starz Animation, Toronto, one of Canada’s leading 3D animation studio for breakthrough digital production. Starz Animation, Toronto has gained a reputation for its commitment to excellence in high-end digital animation. By utilizing proprietary software technology, Starz Animation, Toronto, continues to advance its character animation and continually raises the bar in CGI animation production by offering the most high-end technology and visual tools available including; Maya, Inferno, Fusion, Mental Ray, Syflex, Real Flow, and Qube on a variety of platforms. Our artists’ creative skills are showcased in an ever-expanding body of work in feature films, direct-to-video productions, prime time and children’s CG animated series.

As part of Starz Media, Starz Animation, Toronto, has partners in development, production, and distribution of entertainment: Starz Home Entertainment/Anchor Bay, Starz/Encore, Film Roman, Manga and Vongo. As such, Starz Animation, Toronto, has the capability to distribute its programming to consumers however and wherever they want to watch: in theatres, on DVDs, via cable or satellite, on broadcast stations and over the internet in both the domestic and international markets.


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