Walt Disney Animation StudiosVancouver, BC
Full Time Job
The Production Supervisor (PS) is responsible for managing the day to day production within a specific department(s). In all duties below, the PS must work in collaboration with the artistic department supervisor(s). The success of their partnership will be a primary factor in the department's success on the film. In addition, the PS is a leadership role in the studio and, as such, must accept the responsibility of supporting and representing the directives of the studio and the production leadership.
• Works with the Production Manager (PM) and/or the Associate Producer (AP) to meet department production goals; strategizing, planning and overseeing resources on a departmental level.
• Partners with artistic department leadership to establish achievable and attainable short and long term goals; ensuring the delivery of work on time and within budget, while keeping team morale as high as possible.
• In collaboration with project leadership, oversee the department tracking of project pipeline, processes and workflows; embracing cross-project consistency, cross-department collaboration and championing process innovation.
• Looks ahead to ensure that long term goals/quotas, department milestones and inventory expectations are met. Strategizes with artistic supervisors, project's upper management and other PS' to resolve any productivity or inventory issues.
• Works with the department artistic supervisor to schedule, plan, and cast work to artists.
• Represents the artistic department in production meetings; reporting department progress and discussing solutions to any issues impeding the department.
• Ensures department data is tracked accurately and is easily accessible and understandable.
• Clearly communicates when changes in creative direction or productivity assumptions change; proactively offering suggestions to make-up for lost time and/or resources.
• Create and maintain reports that clearly illustrate department and individual artist productivity.
• Engages in Production Management issues on a studio level, i.e.: Shotgun meetings and architecture of tracking and other department tools, leadership training, Cross-project Production Management meetings and initiatives/planning related to the Production Management team.
• Participates in department processes, bidding and reviews
• Assesses resource needs and collaborates with department leadership (Artistic Leader ) in helping find staffing solutions.
• 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 AM, 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.
• Establishes expectations for the Production Management team within their department.
• Provides mentorship and feedback to Production Assistants (PAs) and Production Coordinators (PCs) to foster growth towards individual goals.
• Partnering with the Artist Manager, oversee department-planning issues such as OT and vacation as well as help in managing conflict within the department - including reporting issues to HR and production 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.
• Models and fosters a collaborative work environment between individuals on the team and across departments.
• Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other supervisors.
• Provides regular updates to direct leader on the progress, health and direction of the team.
• Keeps project leadership informed of department morale and progress.
• Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
• Clearly communicates department goals; acknowledging and addressing changes to department plans and expectations.
• Studio Culture-Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels.
• Technology, Tools and Workflow-Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions and workflows to support the department, show and studio.
• Department Stewardship-Partners closely with peers and Artist Manager support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation. Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists.
• 4 years minimum industry experience
• Bachelor's degree in film / TV production or equivalent experience preferred
• Strong organization skills
• Must have the ability to prioritize tasks at hand, assisting on all phases of production
• Strong understanding of CG animation processes
• Clear understanding of the principles of animation production
• Production tracking experience using spreadsheets, databases or database software (such as Shotgun) a plus.
• Demonstrated success engaging in problem solving techniques