Dinosaur Train 500 Million Views

Dinosaur Train in China recorded 500 Million views in just 6 months

Dinosaur Train, a highly celebrated, Emmy Nominated Children’s animated series, is co-produced and co-invested by Sparky Animation and The Jim Henson Company. The series has hit a remarkable current feat of 500 million viewers in China alone in just 6 months, since airing in November 2019. These total views are collectively from Chinese IPTV digital platforms in China, namely CIBN Cool Meow Film and Television (CIBN酷喵影视), Tian Mao Magic Box (天猫魔盒), Youku (优酷), Toutiao (头条), Watermelon Video (西瓜视频) and Wasu Fresh Time (华数鲜时光).

Check our Press Release here:

https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/dinosaur-train-records-500-million-viewers-on-china-s-iptv-platforms-805644188.html

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Dinosaur Train Asia’s Fan Site at ► https://dinosaurtrain-asia.com

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Dinosaur Train Available on Youku

Dinosaur Train Season 1 was recently launched on YouKu on 11th November 2019 and in that first week alone, Dinosaur Train rose to being the top animation show on YouKu, amongst other children’s series.

YouKu is a video hosting platform based in Beijing, China.

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sparky December 3, 2019 0 Comments

Season 5 of Dinosaur Train is now available!

Sparky Animation and The Jim Henson Company have once again come together to produce an all new 5th Season of the 6 time EMMY® nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honour series, Dinosaur Train. A hit with both U.S. and international audiences, the colourful CG-animated new season of 22 episodes x 11 minutes is now airing on PBS Kids USA.

Season 5 of Dinosaur Train continues the exploration of natural science with an emphasis on adventure, discovery, new inventions, social emotional learning and traveling outside our comfort zone. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons will visit different climates, go underground, under the sea, and even up in the air in their search for the new and unknown, meeting and making new dinosaurs and even non-dinosaur buddies along the way!

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sparky October 2, 2019 0 Comments

“Rhythm Warriors” slated for production

Emofront Pte Ltd and Presto Music Production Ltd in association with Sparky Animation, are delighted to announce that their new animated TV series is slated for production, with a completed teaser in tow.

“Rhythm Warriors” is a magical, fantastical, musical comedy targeted at 4-7 year olds and their families. Packed with action and adventure, the show neatly teaches the fundamentals of music education and appreciation.

The narrative of “Rhythm Warriors” features strong core values of teamwork and friendship as our dynamic heroes battle to save their planet in the most unique way. Each episode is set within a different region of the fantastical world of “Rhythmos”, featuring music of a different genre or era.

“Rhythm Warriors” is wildly entertaining and uses real rhythmic notation as the mystical codes to be unlocked in each mad-cap episode.

The series is co-produced by Emofront Pte Ltd and Presto Music Production Ltd in association with Sparky Animation.

Production is targeted for 52 episodes x 11 minutes.

https://www.prestomusicproduction.com/

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Production Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Closely monitor and update the projects’ progress through a production schedule during the development of the full range of production deliverables for a show and know its status at any given moment
  • To work closely with the Production Manager to ensure all animation production team members complete their assignments on schedule, and pursue targets with timely reminders should any of the processes falter
  • Arrange meetings for production staff to keep abreast of production matters
  • Organize the relevant information and circulate it promptly to the Production Management team and Crew, both within Sparky and with those of third party collaborators
  • To work closely with the Production Management team and Supervisory personnel to understand any production problems that may arise and liaise with the client to present the issues convincingly and follow through until the problems are resolved without delay
  • Coordinate more than one animation project at the same time, multi-tasking between them

Requirements:

  • At least a Diploma holder or equivalent qualifications in an applicable field
  • Relevant experience in the media industry or media production would be an added advantage
  • Must be able to work well under pressure, and follow closely to the schedule
  • Good organizational, planning and project management skills
  • Able to multi-task, work independently and prioritize workload effectively
  • Excellent spoken and written skills in English
  • Self-motivated, independent and target-oriented

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Lighting and Compositing Artist

Responsibilities:

  • To work with Lighting/Compositing Lead to establish lighting direction on individual shots in a CG show
  • Setup location and character lighting for individual shots in a CG show
  • Compositing of rendered layers, as well as effects layers from the special effects team

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of professional work experience in CG commercial projects.
  • Proficient in Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Nuke and Fusion
  • Proficient in mentalray rendering techniques. Understanding of other rendering techniques will be an added advantage
  • Familiarity with other 3D software, plug-ins and compositing packages will be an added advantage
  • Able to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with co-workers

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Animation Lead

Responsibilities:

  • To lead the animation team, mentor and guide the animators
  • Review all animation submissions and ensure the quality of the works technically and creatively
  • Take initiative to study the character rigging, ensure that the functionality and the animation requirements are achievable. Identify rigging mistakes and propose solutions to improve it when necessary
  • Produce lively and appealing character animation by interpreting the key sequences depicted in given storyboards
  • To generate character animation cycles with personality
  • May have to devote moderate effort in animation blocking

Requirements:

  • At least 5 years’ extensive experience in leading a 3D Character Animation team
  • A degree, or diploma, or equivalent qualification from an animation program is preferred
  • Familiarity with Autodesk Maya is a must
  • Able to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with co-workers
  • Must be able to multi task and handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to prioritize and assign tasks for the animation team to meet production deadlines
  • Eye for detail and the ability to troubleshoot and solve rig issues for artists from various disciplines
  • Although character setup is not required in the job, basic knowledge in character setup is preferred
  • Programming and technical knowledge is NOT required

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Rigging Artist

Responsibilities:

  • Create versatile character rigs and animation interfaces to suit the requirements of the production
  • Sculpt blendshapes and create character facial rigs
  • Create rigs for props and locations
  • Test the rigs before handing over to animation team
  • Troubleshoot and improve the rigs in response to feedback from other departments
  • Animation control and deformation setup for characters with highly complicated anatomy
  • Setup for cloth, hair and fur animation
  • Developing tools and pipeline to improve the productivity of animation and deformations

Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of extensive experience in character setup for animation or film industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation, Computer Science or other relevant areas of study, OR demonstrable skill set in rigging and tool development
  • Experience in developing tools using Maya API and/or MEL to improve the productivity of the process of character animation
  • Experience in setting up cloth/hair/dynamic simulation rigs is a bonus
  • Proficiency in MEL and/or Python and/or Maya API and/or C++
  • Able to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with co-workers
  • Must be able to multi task and handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Good understanding of polygonal mesh flow and how it relates to deformation
  • Good sculpting/modeling skills with the ability to translate 2D concept expression sheets into 3D blendshape targets
  • Good aesthetic sense to sculpt appealing blendshape targets when concept expression sheets are not provided
  • Appreciation for physics and kinematics
  • An eye for detail and the ability to troubleshoot and solve rig issues for artists from various disciplines

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Layout Artist

Responsibilities:

  • Set up scenes with proper camera framing and action
  • Set up scenes with correct assets and location
  • Set up character key poses in scenes according to storyboard and animatic
  • Ensure logical positioning of characters and props in a location according to the story flow
  • Ensure logical continuity of elements in a scene with other scenes
  • To be able to solve simple animation problems, such as character floating or penetrating

Requirements:

  • At least 1 year of experience in CGI production
  • At least a Diploma holder or equivalent qualifications
  • Familiarity with Autodesk Maya is a must
  • Must be able to multi task and handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Knowledge of cinematography is an added advantage, i.e. camera composition, movement, timing, direction etc

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sparky June 12, 2019 0 Comments

Layout Lead

Responsibilities:

  • To lead the layout team, ensure jobs are done properly and able to follow schedules closely
  • Act as a mentor and guide the team members
  • Review all submissions and maintain the quality of work submitted
  • Based on provided storyboard/animatics, to create sequences of shots with necessary set up
  • To work on character posing, camera positioning and camera motions etc
  • To be able to spot and solve continuity issues in the sequences
  • To be able to solve simple animation issues, such as character floating or penetrating

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years’ experience in CGI production
  • At least a Diploma holder or equivalent qualifications
  • Familiarity with Autodesk Maya is a must
  • Able to communicate in a professional and friendly manner with co-workers
  • Must be able to multi task and handle multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to prioritize and assign tasks for the layout team to meet production deadlines
  • Eye for detail and the ability to troubleshoot and solve rig issues for artists from various disciplines
  • Knowledge of cinematography is a plus, i.e. camera composition, movement, timing, direction etc

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sparky June 12, 2019 0 Comments