Contractor with expertise in Character Layout Design (Project Based)

Episode is a mobile animated interactive storytelling network and marketplace created by Pocket Gems, a leading mobile entertainment and games company. Episode empowers storytellers to create mobile-first stories, aiming to define storytelling for the 2+ billion people on mobile with stories that are part TV, novel, movie, and mobile game. Since launching in 2014, readers have read over 2 billion episodes and over 4 million storytellers have signed up to create their own stories, including award-winning screenwriters and published novelists. Episode also partners with major studios and industry stars to create stories such as Mean Girls: Senior Year and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame.

We are looking for an expert in character layout & animation cinematics to bring our scripts to life on mobile devices worldwide.  Work with the team behind the recent hits Mean Girls: Senior Year and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame, to develop new stories for the Episode platform.

WHAT IS EPISODE?

  • Episode Interactive is an app that empowers people to create and animate their own stories for mobile devices—pioneering a new medium for storytelling.
  • Episode was a top downloaded and grossing app in both iOS and Android during the 2015 holiday season, and continues to top the charts.
  • A simple proprietary coding language allows people to layout and animate characters, move the camera in 2D space, select backgrounds, and direct scenes.
  • We’ve been featured in Entertainment Weekly (http://bit.ly/1OvbJTe), and Wired (http://wrd.cm/1uGhzCS), just to name a few.

WHO ARE YOU?

  • Passionate about visual storytelling, especially with new technology and mediums.
  • Have a deep understanding of narrative structure and how it can be communicated visually.
  • Someone with experience doing character layout work in 2D or 3D animated movies, TV, or other storytelling mediums.
  • Have a keen eye for visual composition and perspective, an understanding of film editing shots and techniques, and knowledge of cinematography.
  • A collaborator; each story has a team of 2-6 people, who work together in service of the story. You must be a team player and put the story before your own work or ego.
  • A perfectionist; when you work on and review a shot, you’re determined to get it right.  You review your work carefully, ensuring quality is high before delivery.
  • Quick to learn and adapt to internal proprietary tools.
  • PREFERRED: Formal education in media production, film production, graphic design, photography, cinematography, storyboarding, layout art, or previz art (not required if you have an otherwise strong portfolio).

WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?

  • You’ll be paired with a team on a new originally-developed story to work with the writer and story lead to direct the scenes using our library of art, animation, and set-ups.
  • From a completed script, you’ll use proprietary tools to execute a well-paced dynamic scene: laying out characters, controlling the camera, adding transitions, etc.
  • You’ll be given a library of characters, costumes, backgrounds, and animations to help create compelling interactive scenes.
  • You’ll work with the story lead and writer to iterate on each draft of the episode.

TO APPLY:

  • This is a project-based contract position.
  • To apply, please submit your resume and a portfolio of your work (e.g. links to clips of films or games you’ve worked on, stills of shots you’ve laid out, etc.) to EMAIL HERE? LINK?
  • ***Please note, we will not review your application without a portfolio

 


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