Call For: 2D DIGITAL ANIMATOR

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Illustration: Adeline Pericart

Kavaleer Productions are recruiting 2D digital animators for an upcoming TV series. The project will be animated using CelAction 2D software.  We’re working on multiple high profile projects, so this is a great opportunity.

Position Requirements:

–          Must have proven 2D character animation experience. Preferably on broadcast series or film production.

–          Minimum of 2 years experience using CelAction, Flash, After FX, Toon Boom or Anime Studio in a paid position.

–          The ideal candidate will have CelAction experience, but this is not essential as training can be provided.

–          Must have excellent knowledge of traditional animation principles and the ability to apply them to the digital medium.

–          Must be flexible, willing to learn and be a motivated and motivating team player.

–          Able to work within a production schedule.

–          Must have good interpersonal skills.

–          Must be willing to work in house in our Dublin studio.
This position is an excellent opportunity for highly organized and motivated animator who enjoys being part of an exciting, fast paced animation studio.

 

Please submit your CV and digital showreel to info@kavaleer.com

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Timothy Björklund, Emmy Award Winning Disney Director Joins Irish Animation Team, Kavaleer Productions

Timothy Bjorklund, Director at Kavaleer pictured at Kavaleer offices in the Digital Hub, Dublin.

Timothy Bjorklund, Director at Kavaleer pictured at Kavaleer offices in the Digital Hub, Dublin

Kavaleer Productions announced the appointment of Timothy Björklund as Director of their Dublin based studios. In a career that has spanned over two decades, Timothy has worked for some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names in animation and film production. Björklund, a native of San Francisco, began drawing cartoons the day he was given his first box of crayons. Commenting on why he decided to become a professional animator, Tim said:

‘I saw my first Betty Boop cartoon when I was 16 and thought it was the most fantastic thing my eyeballs had ever looked at. I knew I had to make cartoons after that.’

Björklund, a two-time Emmy award winner (Outstanding Animation Category) for his work on Disney’s hit TV series, Teachers Pet, trained in Animation and Film Graphics at California Institute of the Arts before getting his first job in 1984 as an Assistant Animator with Colossal Pictures. Four years later he was directing. Fast forward to 2011 where he directed the Nickelodeon Jr. series, Olivia, at Brown Bag Films-there Tim met future Kavaleer Producer Jackie Leonard who suggested he re-cross the pond and join the team. Björklund said:

‘When Jackie told me about this very cool new project we are working on, which I can’t mention by the way, and I saw the artwork, I jumped at it. The artists at Kavaleer are very talented and they have built an international reputation in the industry as being one of the most savvy and talented studios on the block. Here at Kavaleer there’s a real culture of creativity and fun, everybody has a great sense of wit. I hear a lot of laughter every day, which is nice.’

Speaking about his appointment, Björklund, true to the culture of ‘fun and wit’ at the Kavaleer studios stated:

‘This ain’t my first rodeo, as they say. I’ve directed several series and a feature so I don’t get rattled very often, plus the animators, designers and production people at Kavaleer are so good at what they do that I spend most of my day just stamping APPROVED on everything. Once in a while I have to come up with some incredibly genius idea, but that’s pretty rare – thank God.’

Following Kavaleer’s announcement of 30 jobs in 2012, the animation company’s Irish and International audience can expect the launch of several shows and Kavaleer apps this year. When asked about what to expect from Kavaleer Productions in 2012, Tim, who now divides his time between the US and Ireland added:

‘While I am continuing to work on that ‘top secret’ project that brought me back here to Ireland the studio is very busy at the moment with the launch of two new fantastic shows, BedHeads and So Mortified over the next two months. They both look great and I would love to have the time to work on them too.’

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‘Hasan Everywhere’ Nominated

Kavaleer Productions’ hugely successful short film Hasan Everywhere has been nominated for an award at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. The film was selected from over 2400 films submitted from 92 countries.

This is not the first nomination for the short film, which was scripted and directed by Andrew Kavanagh, CEO of Kavaleer and produced by Ciara Gillan. The film won two Digital Media awards in February and received an Irish Film and Television Award nomination earlier this year.

Based on the friendship between an Israeli novelist and a Palestinian artist Hasan Everywhere depicts an animated version of love and friendship across the divide.

The 13th Brooklyn International Film Festival takes place from 4–13 June and will present 120 film premiers over the ten days.

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Kavaleer Productions' Animation Selected

Irish animation company, Kavaleer Productions has been officially recognised in two categories at the prestigious Cartoons on the Bay festival to be held this week in Rapallo, Italy.

Kavaleer’s animated series Garth & Bev is one of the 33 animations from around the world to be recognised in the TV Series for Preschool category. Having first premiered on RTE 2, the animation is currently enjoying its second screening on the BBC’s CBeebies.

The 2009 short film Hasan Everywhere is also up for best Educational & Issues Film at the ceremony. This is not the first nomination for the short film, which was scripted and directed by Andrew Kavanagh, CEO of Kavaleer and produced by Ciara Gillan. The film won two Digital Media awards in February and received an Irish Film and Television Award nomination earlier this year.

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