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Industrial Light & Magic

Vancouver, - Canada
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The VFX Art Director is responsible for interpreting ideas communicated by the Director/Key Creative of a show(s) into traditional concept art and storyboards for Feature Film, Specialty Film, and Commercial work. 

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for creating or providing concept art, storyboards, photo reference, and video reference to communicate ideas and develop goals for the design and look of a show(s).
  • Provides conceptual paintovers and look direction for sequences and key shots for directorial approval. Art work is then used as a template for CG artists to complete work.
  • Provides creative direction and feedback to a team of concept artists, supervising the creation of artwork, storyboards, and materials; leads team to stay on schedule.
  • Oversees the creation of CG assets from Concept art, ensuring design continuity through the production process.
  • Responsible for interacting directly with clients, including Directors and Production Designers during production periods and at spec and bid work phases; ensures first unit production design and aesthetic is carried through post production and refined according to the director’s vision.
  • Partners with CG leadership, ensuring work is done according to the specifications of Director/Key Creatives.
  • Tracks and archives all work including project files, renders, source images, and textures. 
  • Partners with production on bids and scheduling, proactively raising concerns and offering solutions when necessary.
  • Actively participates in dailies and transmissions.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports To: Art Department Creative Director, Art Department Production Manager, and Talent Manager.

Key Peers and Relationships (Positions in the organization in which good relationships are important for success in this role):
Senior VFX Art Directors, Creative Director, Art Department Production Manager, CG Leadership


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3+ years experience in Entertainment industry
  • Experience in Film or Video Effects and/or Film production, including knowledge of cinematic techniques, language and shot composition
  • Full portfolio demonstrating high-level traditional art skills and breadth of subject matter. Highly proficient at rendering imaginary scenes with little or no reference
  • Submission release form needs to be completed before portfolio/reel can be reviewed

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Developed “eye” and strong aesthetic
  • Clear understanding of anatomy and motion of organic and mechanical forms.
  • Demonstrated understanding and creation of photo real work.
  • Experience creating environments, hard surface, and creature design.
  • Ability to work closely with CG leadership and within a production environment.
  • Ability to support different productions with various design needs.
  • Ability to work under pressure while implementing changes based on input from multiple sources.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Skills/Competencies:

  • Set experience preferred

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of Macintosh computer systems including word processing, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Proficiency in design software required (Photoshop, Painter, Sketch-up, Modo, etc.)
  • Ability to assemble research and reference material that will be influential to clients and design team

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