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Cinesite Recruiting Layout Artist

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Layout Artist (Feature Animation Montreal)

Category: Other
Company: Cinesite
Location: Montreal (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Cinesite Montreal is seeking Layout artists for Feature Animated Films. Ideal candidate should be highly organized and motivated with the desire to work within a top-quality and fast paced animation team.


• Work with the Layout Lead and the Director to create sequences that convey the story through traditional camera principles in a stereoscopic environment
• Based on the storyboards, establish camera positioning, shot composition, and basic character blocking.
• Be able to create and maintain shot continuity both of camera and objects across a series of shots
• Understand and establish how camera enhances and serves the story at a specific point in the film
• Deliver assignments based on the established quotas and as per the schedule
• Work with the animation and asset build departments to fix any technical issues


• Strong Maya knowledge with good problem solving skills and a solid understanding of a stereoscopic feature animation pipeline.
• Good attention to detail and a proactive approach to identifying and resolving issues in order to maintain continuity within the sequence.
• Previous experience of scene layout to match previs or storyboard reference is preferred.
• Technical problem solving is key to the role so basic Mel and Python scripting is ideal but not required.
• Excellent Maya skills and a strong knowledge of the principles of cinematic staging, blocking and camera work.
• A working knowledge of stereoscopic cameras and shot-to-shot depth continuity.
• Previous film industry experience is preferred.
• Strong background in feature CG character animation a plus.
• Excellent Maya skills, and a good understanding of how to best use facial and body pose libraries.
• Ability to work within an established pipeline and learn to use custom tools.
• Thorough understanding of the feature animation pipeline from modeling through rigging, animation and rendering.
• Ability to work well in a team and solve shot specific issues independently.
• Ability to project requirements and work within a deadline.
• Possess a basic understanding of rigging techniques.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Degree and/or diploma in fine arts, animation or equivalent experience preferred.
• Organized and methodical.

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