Senior Outsource Animator

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.

The Senior Outsource Animator ensures that art assets from external vendors consistently meets Episode’s visual quality and style while staying within the set budget.  The coordinator has an eye for acting and performance,  as well as excellent animation skills.  They collaborate with interdisciplinary internal teams and external vendors to manage priorities, maintain pace and quality and bring clarity to the production process.


  • Create clear asset briefs and review incoming vendor work
  • Work with the internal art team and communicate the aesthetic style and processes to external vendors
  • Track and provide clear, visual feedback on assets from initial planning stages to final assets
  • Asset management: make sure assets are saved, uploaded, tested, named and tagged correctly
  • Ensure that files meet technical requirements and visual target
  • Keep source files organized and document new processes
  • Sustain friendly and clear communication between Episode and external vendors
  • Stay aware of schedules and priorities
  • Balance deadlines and resources with style and quality requirements
  • Identify potential problems in the animation pipeline and work with the Episode leads to solve them

Required Skills & Knowledge:

  • Animation Skills
    • Strong fundamentals
    • Storytelling
    • Composition
    • Anatomy
    • Weight / Timing
  • Technical
    • Maya
    • Photoshop
    • Spine (bonus)
  • Communication with External Vendors and internal teams
    • Be the hub for open, friendly, clear communication between Pocket Gems and external vendors
    • Vetting and testing external parties for viability and quality
    • Clear communication with multidisciplinary Episode teams
  • Asset tracking
    • Progress on assets from external vendors
    • Number of Revisions / Total time for asset completion
    • Tracking the artist assigned to the task

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience (game industry & lead roles preferred) 
  • Shipped a minimum of 2 games
  • Previous experience working with external vendors and providing clear direction and feedback

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