On the Edge Conservation is harnessing cutting-edge media technology to change the narrative for nature, and make wildlife conservation relevant to younger people who will determine the future of the planet.
Using motion-capture and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, the team has innovated a new kind of animated series that transforms real-life endangered species into humanised vloggers on YouTube. We believe that humour and relatability are the key to inspiring 10-18 year olds about the underlying issues facing species like the pangolin and aye-aye — two of the series’ heroes. In addition to mobile games, Instagram-ready mini-documentaries, and other projects, we are investing significantly in this new approach to animated storytelling that we expect will extend to several more seasons.
About the role:
On The EDGE Conservation is seeking a freelance producer with experience in mixed media content combining live action and animation. You will be planning and running the production of about ten pieces of short-form content that combine animated characters and real-world influencers in real/virtual environments. In this position you will oversee and support production from start to finish, while playing a key role in the progression of our pipeline.
This is a freelance project-based position with the option to extend to a variety of other digital series concepts if the fit is right. You will be working closely with the Head of Creative Content.
The ideal candidate will have a solid background in animation and live action productions, with a successful track in hiring freelance professionals from both fields. Previous experience with inertial motion-capture and Unreal Engine is a massive bonus. You will be expected to be versatile and work to budget.
You will be part of an exciting, fast-paced, quickly growing startup. Applicants should be comfortable wearing multiple hats and working outside of official roles. This position should appeal to professionals who love applying diverse skillsets across multiple departments, and helping innovate “outside the box” solutions. Passion for innovative digital storytelling is a must.
The role starts at the end of August running until the end of the year with the possibility of being extended if successful. We are committed to ensuring we encompass diversity and inclusion and we encourage applications from underrepresented backgrounds.
Design, manage and own the budget.
Produce regular cost reports, while securing maximum quality of final videos.
Draw up detailed production and post-production schedules amongst all other relevant paperwork to meet client’s brief.
Overall project management and client liaison.
Partner with creative, finance and business/legal affairs to create production plans that support creative goals while balancing business needs.
Hire the production crew including but not limited to production manager, cinematographer, photographer, production designer, editors, sound recordist and sound designer, under client’s review and approval. Hire contractors when needed.
Support with the hiring of VFX Director, Technical Director, Animation Team and Unreal artists.
Ensure that studio production protocols (COVID, safety, production manual) are followed at all times.
Ensure that adequate locations and studios for shooting are found, taking into consideration the inertial motion capture needs.
Enforce field protocol for obtaining appropriate rights and clearances; confirm filming requirements prior to each production (i.e. filming notices, appearance and location releases, etc)
Liaise with our talent and influencers’ agency ensuring that all pre-production and production needs are successfully met.
Coordinate and track assets from shoots, motion capture sessions to Unreal exports and rushes until final deliverables.
Continuously evaluate strategic workflows and recommend efficiencies for production. enhancement across all cross-functional departments.
Foster a positive culture of teamwork, service, and solution-oriented thinking.
At least 6 years of professional production experience with animation and live action.
Successful track record managing varied budgets
Solution-oriented approach to solving internal and external challenges.
Excellent communication skills.
Well connected in the industry with a healthy talent network (freelance or agency editors, directors, motion graphics, etc).
Proficiency in building the entire scope of production documents.
Experience producing serialised content is desirable.
Previous experience with motion capture, ideally inertial, is a bonus.
Basic knowledge of Unreal Engine pipelines.
Please send your CV and a brief introduction about yourself to email@example.com with the subject ‘Freelance Producer’.