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Previs Artist


Position:  Previs Artist

Reports to:  Previs Lead/Previs Supervisor/Assistant Production Manager

Department: Rough Layout


Position Description:

The Previs Artist reports to the Previs Lead/Previs Supervisor/Assistant Production Manager. His/her number one priority is to create a dynamic cinematic vision for the film that supports the narrative, adheres to production assumptions and executes it in a manner inspiring the crew. They work closely with the Director(s) to translate their vision (as represented by the storyboards) into a 3D environment. He/she must provide creative solutions to aesthetic problems.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


·         Follow Director(s) creative direction in the layout process.

·         Adhere to the complexity of the movie.

·         Take the vision of the Director(s), and block the existing boards to create a 3D version of the story reel with a unique layout of shots.

·         Work with the Director(s) and CG Supervisor on the iterations of each shot/sequence.

·         Define and interpret specific instructions from the Director(s) and production.

·         Responsible for being knowledgeable about software used on the production, as it relates to the Rough Layout department.

·         Adhere to Pipeline protocols for the Layout department, as governed by Production Engineering.

·         Remain accountable for assigned shot count management through Layout process.

·         Responsible for adhering to the complexity of the movie, within the scope of production.

·         Responsible for adhering to the production schedule.

·         Responsible for participation in the unification and initiatives for the studio within the RLO department.

·         Attend meetings with RLO artists to keep the crew informed on show changes and requirements.

·         Communicate in a timely fashion with APM and Production for all inter-department concerns.

·         Attend Layout Reviews, Launches and Approvals with Production.



Required Skills and Experience:

·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Visualization, or Computer Animation required or equivalent work experience

·         1-3+ years of experience creating cinematic pre-visualizations or rough layout for CG animation.

·          A strong interest in Rough Layout, Set Dressing and Stereoscopy.

·         Knowledge in scene, shot, camera, and character composition is preferred.

·         Exposure to modeling, lighting, texturing and animation is preferred.

·         A good working knowledge of the principles of cinematic staging, blocking and camera work.

·         Demonstrated experience using Maya is required, with good working knowledge of Unix/Linux.


Salary: Yearly: min. $40000 max. $50000 for 40.0 hours per week

Employer Address: 26, Richardson Street, Toronto, ON M5A 4J9

Job Location: Toronto, Ontario

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