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    Art Director - Print

    • Los Angeles
    • Print
    • Full-time
    Position: Art Director
    Department: Print
    Reports to: Executive Creative Director
    Status: Full-time, Exempt
    Direct Reports: No
     
    AV Squad is a creative advertising agency specializing in entertainment marketing. Since our inception in 2004, our goal has remained unchanged: We strive to create outstanding, attention-grabbing content that tells an effective story. Our passion for our work and commitment to our clients has positioned AV Squad as an industry leader.
     
    AV Squad has launched a new Print Division! If you are an energetic, fearless, and passionate designer who loves what you do and feeds off of working with others with the same qualities, you’ve found your home. This is a startup division within an established agency, and we’re building an environment that will allow you to vibe hard with others and elevate the people around you. Check your ego at the door, and come ready to compete and help the team win.
    Position Summary
    The Art Director will design key art for multiple projects within the theatrical, broadcast, streaming and gaming spaces. The successful candidate can think outside the box, take concepts from idea stage to completion, and demonstrate an excellent knowledge of industry standard design programs for the creation of high-end print projects from sketch to finish.
     
    Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities
    ·       Ideating and concepting to help figure out the big idea
    ·       Comp building – using Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and other programs
    ·       Providing design direction and support to both internal and external customers
    ·       Collaborating with other designers, Art Directors and Creative Directors to deliver work that is on brand and aligned with client strategies
    ·       Participating in campaigns from conception to the prep of final artwork
    ·       Creating positivity and elevating the creative process
    Beneficial Skills and Experience
    ·       At least three years of experience working on Theatrical and/or TV key art
    ·       Strong technical knowledge of print production process, file formats, and delivery specs
    ·       Exceptional design, layout and typography skills
    ·       Advanced knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator (including related plug-ins)
    ·       Strong attention to detail
    ·       Ability to effectively communicate creative ideas within a collaborative environment
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    Motion Graphics

    Motion Graphics Designer (Freelance OR Full-Time)

    • Los Angeles
    • Motion Graphics
    • Full-time
    The ideal candidate should be passionate about all aspects of typography and design (strong working knowledge of Maya, Nuke, and Deadline are advantageous skills as well). Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of industry standard design programs for the creation of high-end motion graphic design projects from sketch to finish. This position requires 3-5 years of work experience in Theatrical Motion Graphics. Candidates with a degree from an accredited art school or university desired, however we believe the appropriate minimum working experience is paramount. Must have a positive can-do attitude, be pro-active, possess strong interpersonal communication skills, be able to take initiative, as well as, manage time within a fast-paced environment where deadlines and challenges constantly evolve. Post-Production experience is a plus!

    Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities

    • 2D and 3D design and animation of motion graphics for multiple Theatrical and Broadcast campaigns including trailers, main title designs, graphics packages, and transitions
    • Design and animation of motion graphics for high-end branded content as well we animated logos
    • Provide pre-production designs for pitching, including style frames, storyboards, and mood boards
    • Adaptation of campaign assets including retouching, logo and artwork preparation, illustrating, coloring, grading, rotoscoping, and tracking footage
    • Re-versioning existing campaigns to ensure that new elements match provided footage and seamlessly compositing together in accordance with creative direction
    • Export and delivering appropriate files to provided specifications
    • General and IT housekeeping of software, plugins, assets, style-guides, and naming convention compliance

    Abilities and Competencies

    • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (primarily After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop, including related plugins)
    • Advanced knowledge of Cinema 4D
    • Strong technical knowledge of post-production process, file formats, and delivery specs for Theatrical and Broadcast platforms
    • Exceptional design, layout, and typography skills
    • Attentive to detail
    • Able to effectively communicate creative ideas within a collaborative environment
    • Highly organized workflow to ensure seamless project exchange between colleagues
    • Able to multi-task efficiently
    • Conduct all matters in a professional, confidential, and courteous manner
    • High level of initiative and flexibility
    • Able to work effectively with diverse personalities and work styles
    • Effectively reads and comprehends written English
    • Effectively understands, communicates, and writes English
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    Motion Graphics Finishing/Production Artist

    • Los Angeles
    • Motion Graphics
    • Full-time
    AV Squad is a creative advertising agency specializing in entertainment marketing. Since our inception in 2004, our goal has remained unchanged: We strive to create outstanding, attention-grabbing content that tells an effective story. Our work resonates with today’s clever and diverse audiences. We believe in our work and love what we do. We pride ourselves on our congenial and collaborative culture and establishing an environment where creativity flourishes at every opportunity. Our passion for our work and commitment to our clients has positioned AV Squad as an industry leader.
     
    If you have what it takes to work in our extraordinary environment, delivering extraordinary work, we want to hear from you.
    The ideal candidate has substantial experience with Motion Graphic Design for Theatrical and Broadcast properties. Uses tools such as Cinema 4D, After Effects and the Adobe Creative Suite to prepare and finish motion graphics related projects to spec for final delivery; oversees final delivery to client.
     
    Artists will encounter variety of assignments at different stages. Typical work includes, but not limited to: production changes, VFX, 2D/3D tracking, rotoscoping, and up-resing and cleanup for final delivery.
     
    Must be open to alternate shifts.
    Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities
     
          The ability to absorb creative direction and work with Creative Director, Producers and Art Directors to understand project scope and directives
          Motion graphics production (including but not limited to; organizing comps, compositing, rotoscoping, keying, constructing animated loops, rendering).
          Adaptation of campaign assets – retouching, logo and artwork preparation, illustrating, coloring, grading etc.
          Re-versioning existing campaigns so any new elements match provided footage and seamlessly compositing together in accordance with Creative Direction
          Work with 3D images; Able to create 2D images
          Maintain personal design station for optimal workflow
          Maintain familiarity with emerging technologies and formats pertaining to motion design
          QC/Posting/Transfer to Server
          Troubleshoot and problem solve as necessary
          General and IT housekeeping of software, plugins, assets, style-guides, and naming convention compliance
     
    Requirements
     
          Detailed knowledge of theatrical and broadcast formats and language  (i.e.. 4K, 2K, HD, Aspect Ratios, Frame Rates, Action/Title Safe Areas, Center Cut Safe extractions and Various Codecs)
          MUST have minimum of 2 – 4 yrs. Motion Graphic Production experience
          Advanced Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects)
          Comfortable working in a Mac or PC environment
          Must have strong design skills and an eye for typography
          Must be extremely detail oriented and a thorough perfectionist for the QC process
          Candidate must be team player, motivated, organized and able to work within a collaborative environment, while being flexible and adaptable
          Knowledge, or desire to learn high-end 3D programs a plus
          Must have reel of finished work. Resumes without reels will be discarded.
          Legal compliance around the confidential nature of the work we do
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