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Fourth Wall Creative

Wirral - United Kingdom
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Lead Layout Artist


A new animation studio is opening in Liverpool, January 2017. Production starts with a commission from one of the US studios to produce a children's television series (52 x 11 minutes plus 2 x half hour specials) and there is a strong slate of TV shows and feature films in development.  

Fourth Wall are currently looking for an experienced Layout Artist with several years' experience in a similar role on broadcast or film projects. The position requires a solid generalist understanding of Maya. A good understanding of storytelling is a must.


·        Establish geography, functionality and layout of location assets by building proxy geometries and feeding these assets to Modelling

·        Previs key animation sequences with an emphasis on camera, staging, timing and functionality of a sequence

·        Work closely with the Directors on sequence layout and location blocking. Work closely with the animation teams to improve delivery and reduce re-shoots as production proceeds

·        Set up cameras for shots and layout action for Animation as directed

Technical and artistic requirements:

·        Five years’ previous experience in the CG Industry in a relevant role, with at least one year in a lead capacity

·        Must have an understanding of visual storytelling for layout, cameras and composition

·        An excellent sense of pacing and timing in Animation

·        Must have strong working knowledge of animation principles, camera set-up and proxy modelling in Maya

·        Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail and quality

·        Liaise with production on a daily/weekly basis and highlight potential bottlenecks in a timely manner

·        Experience of working with tracking software such as Shotgun or FTrack

Personal requirements:

·        Must be able to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure, open to direction and able to embrace change

·        Excellent communication skills

·        Ability to work collaboratively with multiple tasks in a fast paced production environment, pressurized environment


This is an equal employment opportunity.


Read through the job description and if you feel you have the skills and enthusiasm to join our team, send a showreel no longer than 3 minutes long with your resume. Ensure you state the role you are applying for in the subject line of your email along with the number of years you have been working in CG. We will be looking for artists of all abilities so please recommend any of your colleagues who you feel would be a good fit.


We will make every effort to respond to your mail with 3 weeks of receipt.

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