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Mercury Filmworks

Background Artist

Background Design & BG Production – Ottawa, Ontario
Department Background Design & BG Production
Employment Type Contractor
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Are Colours your jam?


Mercury Filmworks is looking for a mid-level to experienced Background Artists to join our team in Ottawa. This position is an excellent opportunity to work on an exciting project with one of the most respected animation studios in the industry. We are looking for people that want that challenge and opportunity to grow as an artist and bring professionalism and ownership to all that they do.



• Paint layouts provided ensuring the style and quality of the show is met.

• Collaborate with Background Supervisor with regards to weekly or biweekly paint assignments.

• Review animatic, storyboard and background keys, to ensure painted scenes follow continuity and fulfill the needs of each episode.

• Ensure that production deadlines are met while maintaining the highest standard of quality.


Job requirements:

• 2 + years of experience as a Background Painter on an animated production

• Portfolio should show an aptitude for environment design or landscape painting.

• Highly skilled using Photoshop with the ability to troubleshoot software challenges

• Understanding of lighting, cast shadows and atmospheric perspective is a must.

• Excellent communication skills, able to take direction as required, both in person and remotely.

• Professional and friendly with the ability to work efficiently and under pressure.

• Applicant must be a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario.


Small Print: Mercury Filmworks places as great an emphasis on recruiting for character and fit as it does on core skills and experience. Qualified candidates that meet ALL the characteristics above are encouraged to apply regardless of where they live. All candidates must be willing to test in advance of an interview.  Mercury Filmworks is an equal opportunity employer, and by equal, we really mean equal. We have no preferences or bias beyond the professional qualifications.

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Mercury Filmworks® is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. Over its 20-year history Mercury has helped bring to life many of the most memorable modern animated television and film properties including the multi-award winning series Tangled, Hilda (Official Selection of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Mickey Mouse Heritage Shorts, Lion Guard, Wander Over Yonder, Toot & Puddle, Atomic Puppet along with the feature films Curious George, The PowerPuff Girls Movie, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Mercury is proud to be associated with partners such as Disney, Amazon, NETFLIX, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Marvel as well as a multitude of other networks both home and abroad. 

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    Ottawa, Ontario
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