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Sydney - Australia
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Mid Layout and Generalist Artist


Short term position, 5 – 6 weeks, July/August

 Are you a creative layout artist, with a broader generalist skill set, who can help realise a director’s brief and cinematic vision?  If so, this could be the role for you!


What you’ll get to do:

·         Translate storyboards into CG sequences including character performance and camera lensing.

·         Work with tracked cameras and plates to add CG characters and assets.

·         Insure the cinematic style and layout animation is consistent with the Layout Supervisor’s and Director’s vision.

·         Incorporate posed and rough animated elements to guide framing and story.

·         Clearly understand the creative requirements of a sequence and deliver these creative goals in a timely manner and to the highest standard.           

·         Provide the technical set-up of shots to departments further down the production pipeline (e.g. Animation).

·         Work within a team of layout artists under the supervision of a Layout Lead.


What you bring:

·  5+ years’ experience working in CG on feature animation, VFX projects or TV Series.

·  5+ years’ experience being part of layout and/or previs team

·         Previous experience working with large digital feature film production pipelines.

·         Working knowledge and understanding of 3D software packages used in digital film production, in particular Maya.

·         Working knowledge and understanding of layout/previs techniques such as staging and framing rules.

·         Working knowledge of camera animation and scene set-up.

·         Cinematography knowledge and understanding of story and scene layout.

·         Knowledge of traditional camera techniques and the principles of translating storyboards to 3D.

·         Excellent visual communication skills including but not limited to drawing.

·         Ability to produce high-level camera work with an in-depth knowledge of framing, composition and cinematography.

·         An understanding of editing and ability to ensure continuity over a sequence of shots and the film.

·         Recognised post-secondary qualification in animation, film or related field is preferable.

·         Ability to multi-task, prioritise and problem solve.

·         Excellent attention to detail. 

·         A willingness to learn, and contribute to the success of the team and the project.

·         Excellent organizational and verbal communication skills.


Additional desirable Generalist Skills:


While not essential, some, or a combination of, the following skill set would be beneficial:


·         Camera Tracking

·         Rotomation

·         Animation

·         Rigging

·         Blendshapes

·         Char FX



What you need to include in your application:

·         A strong reel that shows examples of work done in a 3D computer generated environment.  Where possible a storyboard animatic, followed by layout and then through to final finished sequences.


As this is a short term contract, we encourage people who are immediately able to work in Australia to apply.


Due to security reasons please do not include any links to Dropbox or Google Docs.

To apply, please complete our online application form via our website:  

Animal Logic is recognised as one of the world’s leading independent creative digital studios, producing award winning design, visual effects and animation for over 25 years. With studios in Sydney and Vancouver and development offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience.

Animal Logic is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2 and is creating visual effects for Captain Marvel. Recent productions include The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Peter Rabbit, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. Other film credits include: The LEGO Movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300, Happy Feet and The Matrix.

Animal Logic Entertainment (ALE) is the production arm tasked with developing a strong slate of innovative, commercially minded, story driven projects stamped with the visual and technical innovation that has become the hallmark of the studios’ work. The development slate, while eclectic and diverse, has a core focus on tent pole, 4-quadrant family feature animation and hybrid projects as well as filmmaker driven and visually arresting live action/VFX films. ALE is currently in production on Peter Rabbit 2. Previous projects include Peter Rabbit and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

Truant Pictures, a subsidiary of Animal Logic, collaborates with both emerging and established talent to develop and produce thought-provoking genre films for an international audience. Truant Pictures operates out of Animal Logic’s Sydney-based studio and Los Angeles office, alongside ALE.

For over 25 years, Animal Logic has remained committed to innovation, technical and creative excellence and most importantly, creating a collaborative and storytelling culture with a unique voice. We have BIG dreams!


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