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Junior Layout Artist – Image Engine Design – Vancouver, BC


Company: Image Engine Design

Location: Vancouver, BC

  • Full Time

Image Engine Design

Vancouver, BC

The primary focus of the Junior Layout Artist is to translate previs or storyboards into 3D shots/sequences for downstream departments. Artists will be required to use their creative eye to apply to notes/briefs assigned by the Layout Lead. They will work with the Layout Lead to identify key strengths and areas of development to maximize their time and to assist in task distribution. Junior artists will complete tasks within the assigned timeframe. They will use their listening skills to take on feedback for improvement and professional development. They will begin to quality check their work to improve standards and develop as an artist. They will troubleshoot problems as necessary; however, will bring questions forward to Leads and Supervisors as soon as possible to ensure effective use of time and resources.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Apply client notes to all layouts with minimal guidance
  • Communicate with downstream departments to ensure the setup enables artists to complete their work in the most effective manner
  • Breakdown previs or 2D story board into 3D shots or sequences
  • Stage all shots in line with the VFX Supervisor/Directors creative vision
  • Overcome technical issues (day to day problem solving), in conjunction with R&D and the Layout Lead
  • Set up data to maximize throughout
  • Work with R&D to develop and suggest tools

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • 1+ years’ of Layout experience with high end film
  • Understanding of matchmove, and the real camera/on-set side of filmmaking is a big plus
  • Ability to adapt matchmove cameras/data fit for environment or sequence context
  • Thorough understanding of composition and traditional art skills (Form, architecture, anatomy, topology, color theory) and how to apply those skills in a digital medium
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

  • Ability to communicate with downstream departments to assess needs
  • Knowledge of Maya
  • Knowledge of Houdini and Nuke is a plus
  • Experience with LINUX/UNIX
  • Understanding of sequences versus shots
  • Ability to learn pipeline and workflow quickly

Core skills

  • Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
  • Excellent time management and communication skills

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