Lead Compositor/After Effects Artist – JoJo & Gran Gran

Full Time : 37.5 hours, 9.30am- 6pm
Contract: Fixed term
Start Date: 23rd August 2021
End Date: 13th October 2023
Location: Bristol

A Productions are looking for Lead to head our in-house After Effects team up a to work on the hit series JoJo & Gran Gran for CBeebies. The show will be produced in-house at our central Bristol studio.

JoJo and Gran Gran follows the life of a four-year old girl called JoJo and her fun and wise grandmother Gran Gran, who looks after her while her parents are working.  Mixing beautiful animation with inspiring live action inserts, each episode follows the pair as they fill their day with fun activities and new experiences: from baking St Lucian Banana Bread to searching for Dinosaurs in the local Museum.  

The show celebrates the role of modern Grandparents in many kids lives through core themes of family, community but most importantly, love.

Inspired by the real life relationship between early years educator Laura Henry-Allain MBE and her own grandmother, JoJo and Gran Gran has found a place in the hearts of the CBeebies audience; becoming an overnight classic and the channel’s highest rating Series launch of 2020.

The show is an important milestone in children’s programming as it is the first UK animation that centres around a Black British family. This aspect of the show has resonated positively with the audience and following on from the success of series 1 (over 14 million views on iPlayer alone),

General Duties:

  • Work with the Director and Assistant director to composite animation footage with foreground and background elements in After Effects
  • Use Toonboom Harmony to submit animated elements for rendering. (Training can be given for this)
  • To create simple FX (e.g Weather, Water, Dust) as and when needed by the shot
  • To oversee and support a small team of After Effects artists.
  • Ensure consistency and continuity across all episodes and shots.
  • To collaborate with other departments to ensure the content meets the expectations of quality, consistency and style required by the production
  • Incorporate any technical fixes and creative and logistical feedback as requested.
  • Update tracking documents in an appropriate and timely manner.

Essential skills and experience

  • At least 2 years of proven experience of working in the television/film industry (broadcast series experience preferred)
  • Must be highly skilled, passionate and have accomplished observational skills, coupled with a strong understanding of the animation pipeline
  • Strong ability to focus, attention to detail and an understanding of the importance of continuity
  • Good communication skills and experience working in a team environment with the ability to communicate across platforms to producer finished offline episodes

A Productions are an equal opportunity employer and place a high value on diversity and inclusion within our company and actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and are open to discussing flexible working hours.

As a studio we are committed to supporting our crew as much as we can during these challenging working environments. As such we have a dedicated welfare manager who is available to all crew for one to one support and a well-being day once a month where the studio is shut from 1pm (in addition to your holiday allowance).

No Agencies please

Please email your cover letter, CV and showreel to info@aproductions.co.uk
End date for applications 23rd July 2021

To be based in-house in our Bristol Studio

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK
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