About The Role

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Toon Boom Harmony FX artist to join our exciting, new 2D production.

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate thorough attention to detail, have the ability to think outside the box, be super pro-active and have a brilliant work ethic, alongside the ability to quickly integrate and communicate well within a small team.

This role requires the hired candidate to be based in the UK, outside of London (outside the M25). We would like to highlight that the hired person in this role may be required to work part or full time at our Brighton Studio Hub. 


Day to Day:

  •  Work with Art Leads to develop a consistent FX style that supports the rest of the production.
  • Hand Animate custom FX and particle systems within Harmony for scenes in the show style.
  • Manage and maintain FX stock material in a library used by the FX team. Ensuring assets are reusable so that bespoke FX are not always needed.
  • Work closely with animation and compositing teams to resolve issues as efficiently as possible.
  • Quality control of rendered shots needing FX.
  • Match FX timing and movement to existing animation in a scene.
  • Feedback workflow issues to Pipeline team so that long term solutions can be provided for workflow challenges.

Must Have:

  • Excellent knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony (ideally version 20).
  • Strong sense of animation timing.
  • Previous experience working on a 2D production.
  • Good knowledge of 2D series pipeline.
  • Strong knowledge of classical 2D animation principles.
  • Good design and drawing skills in Toon Boom Harmony.
  • Self motivated.
  • Can take direction and willing to address constructive feedback.
  • Able to communicate clearly with colleagues.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Have an appreciation of accuracy and pay close attention to detail.
  • Be able to deliver on schedule, working well under pressure.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience working with Compositing.
  • Previous experience of working with Rigged Assets.
  • Knowledge of using a Harmony Database.
  • A solid understanding of environment palettes in Harmony.
  • Experience using production tracking software; such as Ftrack or Shotgun.

About Us

Plug-in Media is a x5 BAFTA winning production studio with a reputation for producing work of the highest quality. We make games and animation for an enviable international client list consisting of the biggest names in children’s entertainment both across the UK and in the USA. Our busy studio has a positive and cheerful atmosphere. Everyone works hard, but we like to have fun whilst we’re doing it. We’re not saving lives, we’re just making the best children’s media in the world - and there’s no point in being too serious about that!   

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 

Both studios are coming together to launch an exciting new animation hub for the South of England, based in Brighton, and production begins this summer on a 2D animated pre-school action comedy series, with other projects waiting in the pipeline. Production will operate under a new hybrid model that combines both remote and in-studio working. We are committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies.  Furthermore, we believe that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.

Fundamentally we want to build a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy staff, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. 

How to apply

Please follow the link to the Blue Zoo website and apply from there.



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