Animation Supervisor - 2D

At Mainframe Studios, we’re creators first. We eat creative and technical challenges for breakfast and come back for more. We’ve been doing this for 25+ years, and we’re still going strong. We’re lucky enough to have the best team in the business. From our artists to our technical and production folks, everyone is passionate about collaborating on some kickass projects. We’ve partnered with the biggest names in the business to create a huge library of content. With partners like Mattel, Netflix, DreamWorks, Sony, Silvergate, and Nickelodeon, it's no wonder we’ve established ourselves as a creative force to be reckoned with.

WE WANT YOU (and your mad skills)!

Under the guidance of the Animation Director and/or Director, on a 2D Animated Series, the Animation Supervisor provides creative mentorship to the animation team by example.

While our studio remains in beautiful Kitsilano, Vancouver, we have transitioned all of our staff to work from home during these difficult times of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our technology allows our employees to log in remotely to our on-site workstations with little or no noticeable difference from the way they worked in our studio. We now have team members working all across BC, and are happy to consider that option into the future for many positions!

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Facilitates efforts to define and set the creative standards for the project.
  • Collaborates with Animation Director, Leads and Principals to define and implement techniques and processes that help realize and enhance the performance of characters.
  • Motivates, mentors and supports the crew to consistently strive towards excellence within the parameters of the production plan.
  • Oversees character consistency throughout film, ensuring that key character and story moments are supported through performance.
  • Evaluates and casts animators to characters/sequences/shots that best suit to their skill set.
  • Collaborates with creative and technical staff to ensure animation feasibility within the confines of schedule and budget.
  • Seeks creative options to maximize re-use when applicable.
  • Collaborates with Producer and HR on managing performance.  Responsible for completing artists’ performance reviews.
  • Attends meetings and coordinates efforts with other production staff and supervisors to facilitate optimal production flow.
  • Provides vision, feedback, motivation and support to the team.
  • Provides coaching, mentoring and training as necessary.
  • Partners with production management to establish and manage the department workflow in order to facilitate high quality animation and consistent delivery of weekly quotas.
  • Ensures that the animators are achieving balance, composition and timing requirements in a way that enhances story and character performance.
  • Guides animation team to creatively enhance material in order to achieve set standards of performance and complexity.
  • Interprets, implements, and facilitates notes and feedback from Director in a timely manner and of highest quality.
  • Adheres to digital file management protocols.
  • Aligns and engages with the values of Mainframe: a culture of community, connectivity, creativity and collaboration.
  • Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience required.
  • 4-6+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.
  • Highly skilled in the principles of animation (i.e. squash and stretch, overlapping action, weighting and timing).  
  • Superior knowledge of anatomy, perspective and composition. 
  • Expertise in acting skills that in turn set the standards for the project's character performance.
  • Advanced knowledge of modeling, character rigging and facial animation.
  • Highly skilled in classical animation 
  • Advanced level of proficiency in using Harmony is required. 
  • Must demonstrate outstanding storytelling, filmmaking, creative and artistic abilities.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; ability to clearly pitch and present story, art materials etc.
  • Practices attentive and active listening.  Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others.
  • Ability to collaborate and facilitate feedback requested by executives and/or clients.
  • Demonstrated excellent leadership skills; ability to direct and inspire a crew to deliver high quality animation.
  • Ability to communicate process, plans and concepts and set clear expectations.
  • Highly motivated, solid work ethic and positive attitude, flexible and calm demeanor. Ability to work well under pressure. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
  • Creatively solves problems, makes decisions in a timely manner and accepts accountability for own actions.
  • Efficient and detail oriented. Thorough knowledge of the production process. Knowledge of the pipeline is considered an asset.
  • Outstanding problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively. Actively improves skill set to remain at cutting edge of industry trends.
  • Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.


Mainframe Studios is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which means we will not discriminate against any individual based on race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, disability, or any factors prohibited by applicable law. This policy applies to every aspect of employment at Mainframe Studios, including recruitment, hiring, training, advancement, and termination. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and partners. Should you require accommodation throughout the recruitment process, please let us know your requirements when contacted.