Second Home Studios Ltd

Assistant Animator Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Second Home Studios Ltd (Employer)

The West Midlands Creative Alliance Limited (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £154.00
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday (some weekend and evening work required) - 9am - 5pm
15 months (duration)
12 October 2020(start date)
Junior Content Producer (apprenticeship standard)
2 October 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Second Home Studios create stories using animation and all its related crafts. We work in stop-motion, 2D and CGI, and also produce traditional puppetry and visual effects. We have worked with broadcasters, super brands and everybody in between, crafting messages from simple to sophisticated.


We have produced BAFTA, RTS and BAA award winning work across different media for a range of audiences. We pride ourselves on exhaustive development at the front end of a project and meticulous execution, with our clients as collaborators rather than just ‘customers’.

We are a small dedicated team of people and work in a very agile and collaborative way. We often have more than one project running in parallel for different client partners. This requires adaptability and resilience when accommodating feedback, adjustments to scope, and our own creative ambition for a project. Our digital designers/2D animators are also capable of modelmaking and doing world class stop-motion animation, with a strong studio discipline.

We presently have a series commission with Cbeebies which is undergoing final contract arrangements and are developing new content ideas all the time. We are keen collaborators with other creatives working in digital, theatre and design. We have twice been nominated in the Innovation 50 list of most innovative companies in the West Midlands.

To assist in the production of Second Home Studios’ projects and activities. The role provides excellent hand-on learning and experience of animation techniques in a busy studio. It involves assisting our director and creative team in the production pipeline, including:

  • Assisting the animation team in the preparation and rigging of assets (digital and model)
  • Artworking of elements and backgrounds (digital)
  • Preparing animation sequences and compositions (digital)
  • Assisting in modelmaking and studio preparation for stop motion animation shoots

The role will mainly be desktop based but will involve degrees of hands on modelmaking and physical artworking including assisting in prop-making, set building. There will also be a requirement for running duties and sourcing of bought props and studio consumables. The role offers an excellent way to build skills, experience and networks that will start your career in animation with an international studio.

Above all we are looking for someone who can work in a team and is not afraid of mixing long spells of monotonous repetitive duties and prep with bursts of creative collaboration. Anyone who understands the differences and challenges of different animation media (2D, CGI, stopmotion) will have a distinct advantage here. The role will need to flex to the different modes of production through discovery, research, refinement, focus, production, post-production, client delivery.

Core Duties:

  • Assist all members of the team in generation of visual assets and studio prep
  • Carry out research and gather visual materials
  • Preparing pitch documents and templates
  • Create rough sketches of characters, sets, backgrounds and concepts
  • Prep and rig assets for animation
  • Assist in the physical building of sets, models and puppets (further training provided)
  • Helping to rough out or ‘block’ animation scenes in various packages
  • Post-produce and clean up scenes
  • Assist in compositing
  • Assist the Coordinator in the trafficking of assets to remote working team members
  • Liaise with clients to obtain text, images and video for project use
  • Assist in creating promotional materials


  • Adhere to company processes, policies and procedures, particularly GDPR data protection legislation and health and safety best practices around social distancing
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant funding conditions and reporting requirements
  • Act as a point of contact for external enquiries and communication
  • Work in a way which celebrates diversity in practice, programmes and projects and encourages best practice
  • Act as a positive advocate of Second Home Studios at all times
  • Ensure that safeguarding and health & safety policies are observed and positively implemented
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as required and agreed with your line manager

Future Prospects

  • Full time employment

Reality Check

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Skills Required

  • Passion for the arts/animation/innovation
  • Attention to detail, ability to self-critique, identify errors and self-correct
  • Excellent literacy, written and spoken communication skills
  • Good IT skills, MS office
  • Basic proficiency in the following image packages: Photoshop essential, Illustrator (InDesign ideal)
  • Basic proficiency in the following moving image packages; Premiere, After Effects
  • Ideal basic understanding of the following packages is ideal; Animate, Toonboom, Duik ideal
  • Basic ability to do perform craft duties and use basic art tools and materials
  • Proficiency in power tool and hand tool usage ideal and preferable
  • Sculpting and modelmaking skills/experience a distinct advantage
  • Experience in stop-motion animation a distinct advantage
  • Experience in studio discipline (lighting, safety, rigging) or equivalence in theatre, live events also an advantage
  • Able to work to a brief or use initiative
  • Confidence, self-motivation
  • Able to work to a brief, independently and as part of a team
  • Positive attitude towards ongoing learning and pro-active seeking of additional training opportunities

Qualities Required

  • Interested in kick starting a career in animation
  • Able to work swiftly and accurately
  • Able to communicate enthusiastically and clearly with a wide range of people
  • Organised, punctual and reliable
  • Confident and able to contribute your own ideas within a team
  • Genuine interest in the animation and the arts
  • Able to act constructively and objectively to feedback given

Qualifications Required

  • Applicants should be literate and numerate. Grade C/4 and above in English Maths and IT are preferable
  • A portfolio or examples of creative work (even incomplete) will be expected

Training Provided

Junior Content Producer Level 3 Standard

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