Walt Disney Animation StudiosVancouver, BC
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Full Time Job
The Production Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day production and crew. Working closely with the Producer and Associate Producer, the Production Manager oversees the department schedules and deliverables to ensure the efficient completion of production.
This is a regular, full-time, staff position located in our Vancouver studio. Relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstances.
• Oversee day-to-day/week-to-week production progress and have a clear picture of the timely and efficient completion of the film at all times
• Ensure milestones and quotas are met and provide course-correction to the schedule as needed
• As departments start up, establish best practices and consistency for optimal operation for the duration of the show
• Prepare and distribute weekly production status reports as per WDAS procedures
• Manage the daily calendar of the Directors, in partnership with the Producer
• Provide daily updates to the AP, Producer, VFX Supervisor and Finance Lead as needed
• Track and manage the complexity of the film along with the Associate Producer and VFX Supervisor
• Ensure that all production data and metrics are tracked via the Shotgrid database and can be easily summarized on a daily basis in order to flag problem areas
• Troubleshoot wherever necessary to ensure timely delivery of sequences; determine, with the AP, when sequence-based schedules will be modified to meet efficiency or inventory demands
• Work with Department Managers and leads to determine show-specific training needs and implement a plan
• Ensure that all production materials are properly recorded and tracked
• Manage day-to-day staff planning issues, such as overtime and vacation requests
• Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice, and addressing bias when it occurs.
• In tight conjunction with Artistic Leadership and Department Managers, manages, motivates and creates an environment conducive to achieving goals and artistic achievements; looking for opportunities to improve department and project morale.
• Contributes to the overall development of team members through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability.
• Deliver performance reviews with Production Management and the Associate Producer to direct reports; help manage career growth of direct reports; provide recommendations for promotions.
• Partnering with the Department Manager, oversee department-planning issues as well as help in managing conflict within the department - including reporting issues to HR and leadership when necessary.
• Maintains composure and optimism during times of change; sets a positive tone and acts as an example to the rest of the team.
Collaboration & Communication:
• Take lead in interdepartmental integration and communication. Arbitrate decisions when there is disagreement. Provide continuity and unity across the CG teams.
• Models and fosters a collaborative work environment between individuals on the various teams and across departments.
• Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with their direct reports and Production leadership.
• Provides regular updates to Production and Studio leadership on the progress, health, and direction of the team.
• Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
• Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels.
• Engages in the creation and/or consultation of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.
• Partners closely with peers and Department Managers to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation.
• Minimum 5-years of work experience as a Production Supervisor or other similar production management roles on feature films.
• Extensive knowledge of CG pipelines, workflows and production management across the various CG departments.
• Extensive knowledge of pre-production workflows and management, including storyboarding, editorial and visual development.
• Experience with the recruitment, training and supervision of production management personnel.
• Excellent organizational and communication skills.
• Ability in assessing a variety of production situations and assessing options in a balanced way which supports creative and artistic excellence as well as budget and schedule.
• Ability to negotiate and navigate challenging situations and competing priorities.
• An affinity and passion for filmmaking and animated films, in particular