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FAQs

Can I submit an idea?

Our long-standing company policy does not allow us to accept or consider unsolicited creative ideas, suggestions or materials. In connection with anything you submit to us – whether or not solicited by us – you agree that creative ideas, suggestions or other materials you submit are not being made in confidence or trust and that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created between you and us in any way, and that you have no expectation of review, compensation or consideration of any type.

Can I apply for a job that is currently not listed?

If you don’t see an open position that matches your skills, you can create a profile to join our talent pool. Continue to check back to apply to open positions. You may also opt-in to receive to email updates on our latest news.

Can I apply for multiple roles?

Once you have created a profile, and if your skills match the requirements for more than one position, you can apply for each position individually.

What is your interview process?

The selection process varies slightly for different roles based on the unique challenges of discovering the right candidates. We will review your resume / work and if there is interest we will contact you directly with next steps which might include requests for more information, a phone conversation or an interview. Our interview process is a collaborative effort between our hiring managers and recruitment.

Will I hear something after I apply?

Once your profile is created you will receive a confirmation email. Due to the number of submissions it does take time to review applicants. It is not possible for us to reach out to everyone with specific feedback. If there is interest in your work you will be contacted directly with next steps. When a position has been filled the posting will be removed from the website. If you do not hear from us directly, don’t be discouraged. You can follow our Events Page for other opportunities to connect and/or opt-in to receive to email updates on our latest news.

How often should I apply?

Whenever you have updated your work, resume, added a new skill set to your experience, or changed your availability date you should update your profile. If we have an open position that matches your skills you should apply. If you don’t see a current opening you can add your work to our talent pool depending on your discipline. You may also opt-in to receive to email updates on our latest news.

Can I mail in/drop off my portfolio, reel, or resume?

Because of The Walt Disney Company policies regarding unsolicited submissions, we only review materials that have been submitted through our online process. If you need an accommodation to follow this process please contact us here.

If you would like to submit your materials, please create a profile and apply. As part of the process, you will have an opportunity to upload your portfolio, resume, reel and shot breakdown.

VISA Requirements

Regardless of where you live in the world, Walt Disney Animation Studios is interested in your skills and talent. Our studio currently employs talented people from around the globe. The process and requirements for obtaining a visa can vary depending upon your skills, and level of education. You can find out more about visas for the U.S. by visiting, US Bureau of Consular Affairs. If you feel you meet the requirements for a sponsorship please make sure you create a profile and apply.

Thank you for your interest in Walt Disney Animation Studios!

Start the Process

Apply to an Open Position or Create a Profile.

Once an account has been activated you will be able to submit your resume, portfolio, and/or reel.

Include the Following

Resume & Cover Letter

Portfolio/Demo Reel

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Breakdown List

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SUBMIT DIGITALLY

Upload

Most file formats are acceptable. Make sure your reels are self-contained files; multiple movie files accepted; multi-page pdf portfolios are preferred instead of individual jpg files; text resume in addition to resume/cover letters and/or letters of recommendation pdf file preferred.

Website

Your profile has an area to highlight your URL; please make sure your resume and demo reel breakdown are included in your profile if not listed on your site.

Your demo reel, portfolio and or resume are the first steps to sharing your skill set with us.

Keep in mind that we have seconds to evaluate your work so put your best work first. Eliminate weaker work and always give credit where credit is due. The organization and thoughtfulness represented in your application is sometimes as important as your final work. We took the most common notes and created shortcuts for you:

ANIMATION

Animation should include a variety of acting and personality tests as well as proficiency in different animation styles.

CHARACTER TDs

Character TDs should display broad motion in rigs and inclusion of active, dynamic sims, astute artistic sense, and a pinch of mad scientist; Hair/cloth sim a plus.

EFFECTS ARTISTS

Effects Artists must showcase a variety of stylized effects and dynamic sims through out of the box results.

LAYOUT

Layout should show clear storytelling, dynamic camera work in continuity through rough layout/pre-vis versions of work; include a variety of sequence types (action, acting, musical, etc.); photography and short films a plus.

LIGHTING

Lighting should display strong color, contrast and lighting shots showcasing the assemblage of elements into a final composite; photography, painting a plus.

LOOK DEVELOPMENT

Look Development should possess a great eye and proficiency in texturing and digital painting; strong technical skills with an art-direct-able aesthetic sense; modeling, lighting, painting, photography a plus.

MODELERS

Modelers should show a variety of stylized examples of character and/or environments, props, etc. through wire frames, close ups of work and turntables.

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS

Technical Directors should be proficient in Linux, Unix, Python, C/C++ and a love for problem solving in a highly artistic and technical Maya based CG environment.

STORY

Story should include a variety of sequences showcasing visual storytelling and entertainment value as well as observational sketches from life.

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

Visual Development should include paintings and designs that strongly emphasize storytelling and personality in environments and characters.

Drawings from life are not required but helpful. We ask that you not show work currently in production and/or under confidential guidelines at other companies. We understand that this may limit the showcase of your capabilities. If this is your situation, we recommend that your submission display only the work available to the public with an indication that a later submission will be provided once approved or released.