Funk-e (Rotterdam) is looking for an art director with at least 2 years of previous experience to support our team in Rotterdam.
As a Funk-e art director you will be the mastermind behind the visuals of our animations. Together with a copywriter you will do storyboarding sessions with clients. That means that you will translate vague business concepts into clear images. At Funk-e we like to do things live so you’ll have to do it on the spot in less than two hours and present your drawings right away. To convince clients you have to be able to quickly visualize and simplify ideas and be able to defend your decisions. In the end you’re the mastermind.
Client contact is one side of the coin; you’ll also be leading other visualizers, animators, character designers and audio engineers. Briefing freelancers, making sure quality is managed but also improved.
This function is for 40 hours a week.
We are looking for someone with 2 years previous experience in animation and you have finished at least a Dutch HBO or its international equivalent. You have elaborate experience with briefing, managing projects and storyboarding. You’re bright enough to understand business concepts and you’re and extremely social.
You have experience with 2D animation and you have previously worked with digital cutout and motion graphics. And you know all about composition. At Funk-e we predominantly work with After Effects and Illustrator. You must be experienced with these programs.
You will work in a team with animators, designers, copywriters and audio engineers. Since the founding of Funk-e we have been experiencing insane growth, which means there is always more happening than we can cope with. That means that often productions have tight deadlines, so you need to be able to cope with stress well.
You don’t mind working with a young and informal team, and you don’t mind your superiors being young as well. We like to turn things upside down, so things can change really fast.
You are able to work independently. Since the founding of Funk-e we have been experiencing insane growth, which means there is always more happening than we can cope with. So if you get a project, you’ll have to find out a lot of things on your own.
At Funk-e we make animated explanations. Which means, we make videos that explain how something works. For example, a new concept from an innovative start-up, how the internal business strategy of a big company is going to change next year, or what a new product could mean for its customers. To make a clear explanation it is essential to write a well-structured script, without any industry related terms or knowledge (buzzwords). Explainers guide clients through the process of writing a clear story. This all happens in live-sessions. Want to see how it works? Check our movie here.
Funk-e started in 2009 in Rotterdam as a small project of two students but has grown into one of the biggest players in the animated explanation market in the Netherlands. We work with a steady team of about 25 people divided amongst two offices in Rotterdam and Berlin. The Dutch is office is basically the main office and is the bigger one, but our German office is growing.
In March of 2013 we broadened our horizon and opened a second office in Berlin. This was our first step on the international market, but surely not our last.
The average age of our team lies between 25 and 28 years old. We see ourselves as mature children, which means we work hard but never lose our childish sense of humor. We like skateboarding through our office and only allow our clients to wear suits.
And we recently got nominated for the Rotterdamse Ondernemersprijs and we won a Gouden Gazellen for the region West-Holland.
The position that we offer is for Funk-e Animations, but Funk-e is only the beginning of the Empire of Awesome (literally, this is the name of our holding company). The Empire of Awesome is a bunch of companies that all, well the name already says it.., make awesome products and services.
In the past five years we managed to build an international media firm that has major clients and does over a million revenue per year with just a little student pocket money (no investors!). All because we refused to let go of our attitude and stuck to what we believed in.
We never started this company with the idea of setting up one media company. We’ve always wanted to build a Virgin like company (different companies with one brand). That’s why we’re starting new companies right now like Pitch-e (presentation trainings), Wheel-e (skateboards), Jingl-e ( music), Fans-e (TV productions) and a new IT company.
We’re planning on taking over the world! So when you work for Funk-e, there is ample opportunity to work for the Empire and make a transfer one day. Maybe, to the holding company or to a company that you have invented.. So sign up now, the Empire needs you ;)
Please contact Vincent Loopstra (firstname.lastname@example.org or 010-4132734) for applications.