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Cinesite Animation Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Lead Previs Layout Artist


Cinesite Vancouver is looking for a Lead Previs/Layout artist to join us on our creepy and kooky animated theatrical feature film, “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”.

Position Overview:
The Lead layout artist will be responsible for leading a team of layout artists and working closely with the Previs/Layout Supervisor and Director in creating the visual language for the film. 

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Collaborating with Previs/Layout Supervisor and Director in creating and maintaining the visual language of the film. 
  • Facilitate meetings with Previs and Layout artists to keep them informed on all film changes and requirements.
  • Execution of scene staging, camera animation, composition, lensing and animation blocking with and without boards.
  • Reviewing previs artist sequences and providing creative, technical feedback and mentoring. 
  • Camera scouting, first pass lighting and DOF in viewport 2.0 as required. 
  • Creation of simple temp previs assets as required.
  • Stay current and provide training to team on all hardware, software and previs/layout procedures used in production.
  • Work with all creative leads in development and integration of new tool sets for previs and layout.
  • Work closely with all department leads and coordinators in creating and maintaining strong, open communication.
  • Attend all Previs/Layout reviews and scene launches with Director and team leads.
  • Assisting Previs/Layout Supervisor with final camera polish and final shot layout.
  • Accountable for on time and on budget execution and delivery of previs and layout.
  • Work with Previs/Layout Supervisor to control the complexity of the films previs within the scope of production.
  • Responsible for communicating all red flags, changes and updates to Previs Coordinator in a timely fashion.
  • Delegates work responsibly to ensure successful completion of shots across team members of all skill levels.

Required Skills & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Computer Visualization or Computer Animation required or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years of professional experience creating cinematic sequences for CG animation, with at least 3 years in a lead role.
  • Firm understanding of cameras, staging, composition, perspective, pacing, timing, lighting and general filmmaking concepts in both animation and live action contexts.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to efficiently organize, multi-task, prioritize work across multiple areas
  • Ability to work solo and collaboratively, taking direction and feedback from the Supervisor and Directors.
  • Knowledge of animation production pipeline an asset.
  • Ability to effectively work, communicate and provide constructive feedback with all personality types.
  • Energetic and positive fun attitude.
  • BC residents preferred, but not required.
Your demo reel should showcase a sequence of shots in continuity. Ideally, we are looking to see original previs/layout work and not final renders from a film.  Storyboard/Layout/Final Render comparison would be the best-case scenario. 

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