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Image Engine Recruiting Lead Animator, Production Assistant & Digital Matte Painter

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Lead Animator

Category: Animator
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October/November 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Lead of the Animation team plays a very important role in the quality control and supervision of Animation artists. The Lead will be responsible for ensuring all client notes and briefs are delivered in a constructive manner to all artists. They will build a good rapport with all artists to foster communication and increase inter-department creativity. They will provide support, guidance and feedback to the team through the quality control process. The Lead will be proactive in identifying issues, while developing and implementing creative and technical solutions. As a Lead, they will keep track of all task statuses and manage task workflow with minimal instruction.
The Lead supports the Animation Supervisor to communicate creative and technical notes to artists while maintaining the continuity/integrity of the brief and ensuring quality and standards are achieved. They will use their leadership to maintain a positive attitude in times of high stress and create a work environment of motivated artists.
The Lead will also contribute to the overall operation and improvement of the Animation team by setting and maintaining department standards. This will include, but will not be limited to engaging in cross-department communication, documentation, and participating in the buddy system for new employees. In addition, the Lead will develop new processes and stay up to date on innovative technologies to keep the Animation team on the cutting edge and to execute shots of high levels of difficulty.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Communicate the creative brief from the Director/Animation Supervisor to the Animation Team
Ensure briefs and notes are in line with the Director’s/Animation Supervisor’s vision and creative direction
Apply client notes to all shots with minimal guidance
Assist animators in interpreting the Director/Animation Supervisor’s notes, as needed
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Animation Supervisor
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Complete all quality control for animation submitted for review for artistic problems (e.g. bad poses, character being off model, crashing, etc.) prior to Animation Supervisor’s review
Coach/train Animation team on existing and new animation tools
Ensure the team has the tools and information they need to carry out their tasks
Assist the Animation team in solving technical problems
Assist Animators who are having trouble working with the animation rig as needed
Work with the rigging department to solve problems with rigs (including requesting new animation tools or revising an animation rig)
Animate dynamic, believable and appealing characters/non-character assets
In the absence of an assigned Animation Supervisor, act as a creative Lead working closely with Supervisors and Clients to execute the story and binding physics involved
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required
Work with Recruiter to assess and interview artists as needed

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

10+ years’ of experience animating character and non-character assets for VFX/feature films
Experience leading teams (6+ people) on large projects of 300 + shots
Demonstrated expert knowledge of traditional animation principles, acting, film production and compositional design
Ability to animate multiple types of character/non-character assets from simple to complex with a minimum of supervision
Strong visual storyteller and well-versed in cinematography: camera angles, composition and continuity
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling work
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Understanding of leadership skills
Ability to train and coach artists in animation techniques and best practice
Expert level knowledge of Maya
A working knowledge of Motion Capture and/or Rigging is a plus

Core skills

Ability to help with bidding; determine the timeframe and scope required for each project
Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Capable of managing a team of artists; setting expectations, and managing their time
Ability to assess artist’s strengths and weaknesses to assign tasks and manage workflow
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Ability to teach new techniques and apply new approaches to push Animation to the next level
Strong leadership skills
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Lead Animator – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Production Assistant

Category: Assistant
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October/November 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Production Assistant will work with the Production and Facilities departments to ensure the effective running of our studio. They will use their go-getter mentality to learn all aspects of the production department, Image Engine workflow and standard processes. They will take the initiative to work with Coordinators, Production Managers and Central Production Manager to obtain feedback and gain skills to increase efficiency and industry knowledge.
Equally, the Production Assistant will have a can-do attitude to assist the Head of Studios, Facilities and HR department execute various tasks to create a positive and fun environment for our artists.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Prepare digital material for delivery to the client (outgoing)
Organize and import all incoming material from the client and other external sources
Work with production to deliver material by deadlines
Maintain an accurate and up-to-date database
Prepare for client calls
Assist on set when needed
Work with Facility Production Manager to coordinate and move seating locations
Assisting in the coordination of crew events/parties
Reception relief
Other duties and responsibilities consistent with a production role may be assigned to you from time to time

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

1+ years’ experience working in a high paced work environment
Proven customer service experience
Ability understanding of production workflow process
Ability to work well under pressure
Passion for the film industry

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Advanced MS Excel skills
Shotgun experience is an asset

Core skills

Must be able to multi-task and maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
Highly organized, able to transform detail-oriented work into action
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Must be keen to learn basic client-to-vendor relationships and show an eagerness to develop and enhance studio profile with the clients
Excellent time management skills
Absolute fascination and dedication to post-production work is essential
Willing to learn new techniques and technology

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and cover letter to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Production Assistant – your name”. Please include your availability.
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Digital Matte Painter

Category: Matte Painter
Company: Image Engine
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Contract: starting October/November 2015
Project: TBD

POSITION PURPOSE

The Digital Matte Painter is responsible for delivering seamless high quality photo-real environments in a quick and efficient manner. They will apply notes provided by the Supervisors/Leads. They will manage their time effectively to ensure tasks are completed within the assigned timeframe and to the specifications requested by Image Engine clients. They will be flexible and able to communicate with other departments to resolve issues. They will identify and troubleshoot problems as needed and will ask for assistance when necessary to ensure effective use of time and resources. The will complete shots at an increasing level of difficulty based on technical ability.
They will begin quality checking their own work and assisting Senior artists to develop new concepts and approaches to improve work quality. They will participate in all team meetings when necessary.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Create final photo-real environments with minimal supervision and within the studio pipeline
Integrate live footage, CG elements, images and photography into film
Acquire photographic reference materials
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Overcome technical issues (day to day problem solving), in conjunction with Senior Matte Painters
Ensure all email correspondence and scheduling is up to date, responding to emails in a timely manner
Attend dailies, reviews, and team meetings as required

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

3+ years’ of Matte Paint experience in high end film
Demonstrated proficiency in defining and creating photo-real elements
Understanding of 3D workflow, including Asset Modeling, Lookdev, Scene Assembly, Shading, Lighting, and Rendering.
Knowledge of traditional art skills and techniques: composition, color, lighting, depth, drawing, painting, and photography
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Technical skills

Experience with Matte Painting, 2D and 3D projection, and camera mapping set-ups for environments
Experience solving technical issues with complex 3D scenes
Strong software experience with Maya, Nuke, Renderman compliant renderers, Python or Mel scripting, and some Photoshop
Ability to come up with creative and efficient rendering solutions
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling assets

Core skills

Ability to troubleshoot and deal with competing priorities and projects
Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and applications
Excellent time management and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to jobs@image-engine.com The subject should read “Digital Matte Painter – your name”.
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