Production Supervisor

Category: Other
Company: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Location: Burbank (United States)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Production Supervisor

The Production Supervisor (PS) is responsible for managing the day­to­day production within a specific department(s).  In all duties below, the PS must work in collaboration with the department head.  The success of their partnership will be a primary factor in the department’s success on the film.

In addition, the PS is a leadership role in the studio and, as such, must accept the responsibility of supporting and representing the directives of the studio and the production leadership.


  • Work with PM and/or AP to meet overall production scheduling and man week requirements; help ensure the man weeks and schedule are updated as changes are made to the film’s production flow and/or staffing plans
  • Understand how changes may affect the work week, scheduling, and overtime
  • Look ahead to ensure weekly quotas, department milestones and inventory expectations are met.  Strategize with Department Head, film’s upper management, and other PSs to resolve productivity or inventory issues
  • Collaborate with Department Head to ensure complexity of work is consistent with department budget and schedule 
  • Strategize with Department Head and film’s upper management on how to resolve overages 
  • Collaborate with Department Head to develop and manage department workflow processes
  • Develop and manage internal department schedules and staffing requirements.
  • Create a list of critical assumptions and highlight any vulnerability
  • Create and maintain reports that clearly illustrate department and individual artist productivity
  • Collaborate with Department Head to cast assignments and issue deadlines to artists
  • Perform walk­arounds to check in with the crew
  • Drive dailies for the department and any other opportunities for director approval
  • Act as the primary production person within the department; supervise and mentor any Production Assistants in that department
  • Partner with Department Head to coach, mentor, and give performance feedback to all department members on the film.  In partnership with Artist Management, drive the feedback process and deliver feedback
  • Partner with Department Head to manage conflict within the department and report to Artist Management, HR, and production leadership when necessary
  • In partnership with the Department Head, develop a plan for training crew in the department tasks and collaborate with the training department as needed
  • Manage, motivate, and create an environment conducive to achieving quotas and artistic achievements
  • Represent the department in weekly production meetings.  Report department progress and discuss solutions to issues impeding the department
  • Ensure all production data is tracked via the film’s production­tracking database
  • Trouble­shoot wherever necessary to ensure timely delivery of sequences; determine, with the Associate Producer and Production Manager, when schedules will be modified to meet efficiency or inventory demandsManage day­to­day department planning issues, such as overtime and vacation; review time sheets of the department crew


  • 4 years minimum industry experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in film / TV production or equivalent experience
  • Strong organization skills
  • Must have the ability to prioritize tasks at hand, assisting on all phases of production
  • Strong understanding of CG animation processes
  • Clear understanding of the principles of animation production
  • Computer database skills a plus
  • Demonstrated success engaging in problem­solving techniques


Created on the 12-03-2014
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