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29 Mar 2021

Full-Time Motion Designer

Distant Future Animation Studio – Posted by Bill Keighley, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Distant Future is an award winning animation studio, established in 2011. Our team works on creative animation projects for agencies, manufacturers and institutions, as well as projects for household names such as Ministry of Sound, BBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Very, and House of Fraser.

As part of the studio’s growth and expansion we are looking for an experienced Motion Designer to join the production team. This new post will work direct with clients and our production team to design and develop a wide variety of animated content for a diverse range of clients.
This job will appeal to anyone who wants to work on not just one type of animation or one part of the production process. You should be someone who wants to come to work, excited to see which of their wide ranging skills they get to use today.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salary, a beautiful, creative environment to work in and a working week designed to put equilibrium back into your work/life balance.

START DATE: Monday 3rd May

• Work with our production team on all areas of the production process, including storyboards, script writing, visual design, animation and post production.
• Create concepts that push our creativity, satisfy client requirements, and work within set production budgets.
• Introduce new techniques and tools to the production team, constantly expanding what we do.
• Talking to our clients, guiding them through our production process, receiving and implementing feedback, and ensuring the whole process is smooth, successful and enjoyable for everyone concerned.
• Work as a Project Lead, setting production schedules, delegating tasks to our production team, making sure client expectations and deadlines are met and ensuring all creative goals are reached.
• Work as part of a team, working with another person in the Project Lead role.
• Take part in project evaluation sessions to identify learning opportunities for the studio and suggest ways of implementing new strategies or methods.
• Produce all kinds of animation including 2D and 3D motion graphics, kinetic typography, character animation.


• 3+ years professional experience in motion design or motion graphics, although if you have an outstanding reel, we will consider people with less experience, including recent graduates.
• Exceptional animation and design skills and a reel that showcases outstanding quality in a wide range of project types.
• Ability to excel in visual design, motion design, character work, and typography in 2D and 3D animation.
• Excellent communication skills, confidence talking face to face with new and current clients.
• An appreciation of good customer service and a desire to deliver it on every project.
• Ability to prioritize one’s own tasks and be responsive to deadlines.
• Prior experience working within a professional production team.
• Experience coordinating creative projects.
• Impeccable organisation and time-management skills.
• Strong proficiency in After Effects and other production tools.
• A passion for design and animation.
• A strong desire to keep developing your own artistic and technical skills and use them to help drive the studio forwards.
• Excited to learn new software and techniques to help deliver other projects such as architectural visualisation, product animation and visual effects.
• Live close enough to work in our studio.

We believe in having a good work/life balance. We appreciate the value and importance of family and friends and understand that if you are going to be effective at work, you need to have a good and fulfilling life outside of work. As such, we have a shorter working day than a lot of companies, extra holidays and flexible hours.
• Holidays: 28 days’ annual leave entitlement including bank holidays, plus 2 days each year to take for major days such as birthdays, weddings and religious festivals.
• Bonus Anniversary Holidays: An additional day of annual leave for each 2 year anniversary working at Distant Future, to a maximum of 5 extra days.
• Discounted Public Transport – 12% off pre-paid MCard for travel on bus and rail in West Yorkshire.
• Travel Loan – Borrow up to £1,000 to pay for travel, then repay at 0% interest.
• Cycle to Work Scheme – Discounted bikes with a 0% loan to help buy a bike and equipment
• Flexible 35 hour working week – set your working hours to dodge rush hour, get home at a decent time in the evening, or just enjoy setting your alarm an hour later than normal.
• Work at home – Until around September/October, the position will be fully remote. After that you will have the option to work at home one day a week or two days if you fancy it, coming in to the studio on the other days.
• Continuous Creative Development – One week every year for you to learn and practice new techniques, backed up by a budget to pay for assets and training content.
• Company Pension Scheme under the UK governments automatic enrolment scheme.
• Eye-care Vouchers – Free eye tests.

• Free coffee & teas.
• Fresh Fruit provided every day
• Brand New Studio Space – We’ve just moved into a new, larger space designed to help teamwork and creativity flourish.
• Dog friendly – Well behaved pooches are always welcome!

Salary: £22,000.00-£28,000.00 per year depending on experience.

Application deadline: 16/04/2021

    Quick Apply ⏬ ***UK Based applications or those with a working visa for the UK should apply below***

    You should be within commuting distance of our studio and your reel needs to include professional-level work.

    Please do not apply if you are further afield or if your work isn’t up to standard yet.


    Job Categories: Motion Graphics. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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