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Animal Logic

Careers FAQs

  • Q: After my application is submitted, what happens next?

    We review your application and other materials submitted against the available position, along with other applications. There are multiple applications for each role and unfortunately, we may not have an opportunity to personally get back to you. However, if we feel that your application is a good match for the position or if we require further information, a member of our recruiting team will get in touch with you.

  • Q: How long will my application be kept on file before I should reapply?

    We encourage you to update/apply to any role(s) that you are interested in and have the demonstrated skills and experience for. It’s a dynamic business and you could have new material soon after you have applied for a role, so please do update your application with your new material when you are able to.

  • Q: How can I continually develop myself whilst looking for work?

    You can develop your own projects, on your own or with friends. We are happy to view work that has been created collaboratively (that’s how we work all the time). You simply need to be clear what you are responsible for on the reel (i.e. a subtitle on your reel that says “rigged and animated three headed monster”).

  • Q: Does Animal Logic Vancouver offer internships?

    We do offer internships in our Sydney location and are looking into developing internship programs for Vancouver.

  • Q: I am not eligible for a company sponsored work permit, how can I work in Canada?

    Not all roles or candidates are eligible for the company to provide a work permit. If this is the case for you, then there may be some other options to allow you to enter Canada on a work permit:

    International Experience Canada (IEC) provides young individuals (18-30) the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. IEC is available in countries that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada. For more information, please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/index.asp.

    The SWAP program allows individuals from the United States to obtain a 12 month open work permit for Canada. You can find out if you are eligible here: www.swap.ca.

    The Post Graduate Work Permit allows graduates from a designated learning institution to apply for a post graduate work permit. You can find more information here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp.

  • Q: What is a timbit?

    Holey donuts Batman! A timbit is a bite sized fried dough confectionary sold at Canadian-based franchise Tim Hortons (which is named after an ice hockey player that founded the chain). Could this get any more Canadian?

  • Q: Have you ever seen a bear?

    Plenty! Bears live a lot closer to Vancouver than you would expect, particularly in the mountains surrounding the city and its suburbs. There are approximately 15,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia and up to 150,000 black bears!

  • Q: Parlez-vous Français?

    Canada has two official languages, English & French, with the federal government operating and providing services in both languages. English is the native language for the majority of Canadians, but this is not the case in every province. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province and Quebec is an entirely French ‘unilingual’ province. After Paris, Montreal, Quebec is the largest French speaking city in the world.

    Our Vancouver studio is situated in the province of British Columbia which is primarily English speaking.

  • Q: How do you I apply for a role?

    Please follow the instructions of the job advertisement carefully. Take your time and carefully consider your answers as this is your first introduction to a potential employer.

  • Q: After my application is submitted, what happens next?

    We have a lot of candidates that apply to us and it does take time to review everyone’s material. So unfortunately, we may not get an opportunity to personally get back to you.

    If we feel that your application is a good match for the position or if we require further information, a member of our recruiting team will be in touch with you.

  • Q: How long will my application be kept on file before I should reapply?

    You should update/apply to any role(s) that you are interested in and have the demonstrated skills and experience for. It’s a dynamic business and you could have new material soon after you have applied for a role, so please do update your application with your new material when you are able to.

  • Q: How can I continually develop myself whilst looking for work?

    It’s tough getting that ‘experience’, but there are options. You can develop your own projects, on your own or with friends. We are happy to view work that has been created collaboratively (that’s how we work all the time). You simply need to be clear what you are responsible for on the reel (i.e. a subtitle on your reel that says “rigged and animated three headed monster”).

  • Q: What should I put on my showreel/demoreel/portfolio?

    You’re awesome, but we need to see examples of your work!

    It is always good to keep your showreel short, sharp and sweet; starting and ending with your strongest work. It is far better to leave your audience wanting more, than for them to be bored and fast forwarding. 2 minutes is more than enough; we have seen fantastic reels from professionals with over 20 years experience that are as short as 60 seconds.

    Your best work, and only that. Mediocre work will always drag the better material down. Think about what is relevant to the job you are applying for.

    If you have more than 1 discipline we suggest you have a separate reel to showcase each area.

    Show it to someone whose opinion you trust and who knows what they are talking about, and try to consider their criticism objectively.

    A soundtrack should complement the vision, and not dominate or distract. Some people will turn off the sound when viewing a reel, but you should assume they will listen and you should do your best to sell your work with the soundtrack, and not to show what great taste you have in an obscure musical form!

    Always have an accompanying shot breakdown which outlines your contribution and the software used. Alternatively you can use titles onscreen during your reel to indicate this. Be sure the titles are clear but do not distract from the visuals.

    For security reasons there are certain sites we are unable to access, such as Google drive and Dropbox. The most convenient way for us to view demo reels is through Vimeo and YouTube. Increasingly people have websites where we can access all of their material, this makes it easy for us!

    Variety of styles is key for all of the departments as our projects are not always in the same style.

    Below are some suggestions of what you could include in your reel/portfolio.  Of course if you are applying for an advertised role make sure you are providing materials requested, as specified in the job ad.

    Concept
    – Examples from your sketchbook
    – Characters: biped and quadrupeds
    – Environment: organic and hard surface
    – Props
    – ‘Moments’
    – Mood boards
    – Range of motion examples

    Storyboard/Layout/Previz
    – Timing, composition, movement through shots
    – Whole sequences – see how separate shots work together to make a sequence work
    – Camerawork – variety of industry lenses
    – Final shot – is it consistent with the original?
    – It is common to have 3 windows onscreen – storyboard animatic in one, Layout in another and final shot in the third.

    Modelling
    – Reference material (concept or photo)
    – Characters – biped and quadrupeds
    – Environment – organic and hard surface
    – Props
    – Wire frames
    – Turntables
    – If possible your character/environment model in a finished shot

    Rigging
    – Characters: biped and quadrupeds
    – Mechanical
    – Facial rigs
    – The rig (sped up)
    – The rig animated
    – Python scripts

    Look Development (Surfacing)/Grooming
    – Realistic/photo real
    – Reference material (concept or photo)
    – Turntables
    – Characters
    – Environments: organic and hard surface
    – UVs
    – Realistic grooming
    – Shading

    Tracking
    – Original plate
    – Digital markers/stabilised plate
    – Final shot with integrated CG

    Animation
    – Realistic animation
    – “Cartoony” animation
    – Biped and quadrupeds
    – Acting piece: subtle, includes lip synch
    – Action work
    – Creature performance: includes lip sync
    – Process reel
    – Leave out the music, especially if you have lip sync

    FX
    – Realistic FX
    – Simulation
    – Particles
    – Rigid body dynamics
    – Fluids/water sim
    – In situ so we can see the scale is correct
    – Character FX: cloth and fur
    – Tools

    Lighting
    – Character lighting: furry, human, feathered
    – FX lighting
    – Environment lighting
    – Day and night
    – Exterior and interior
    – All moving images, no stills

    Matte Painting
    – Realistic work
    – Projection work
    – Layers
    – Original plate
    – Finished shot

    Roto/Compositing
    – Original plates
    – Layers
    – Final shot
    – Set extensions/environments
    – CG character/creature shots
    – FX heavy shots

    Generalist
    – Compilation of your best work
    – Separate reels for each discipline