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Image Engine Recruiting Lead Compositor

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Lead Compositor

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

Job Description

Contract: starting November/December 2015
Project: TBD


Well known for our work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films! We are an independently owned and operated company, led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling, and helping our exceptionally talented crew to push the boundaries of artistic and technical achievement at our studio.


The Lead plays a very important role in the quality control and leadership of the Compositing team. They set the positive tone of the team by exhibiting encouraging and constructive behavior. The Lead is responsible for communicating internal and client notes/feedback to artists in a straight forward manner. They will provide leadership, training, guidance, and support to the rest of the Compositing team while still handling most of the hero work on active shows to ensure all deadlines are met. Also, the Lead may sometimes need to assess compositing tasks and delegate those tasks to the team. They will maintain clarity and focus during peak periods to ensue show delivery.
The Lead will also contribute to the overall operation and improvement of the Compositing team by setting and maintaining department standards. This will include, but will not be limited to engaging in cross-department communication, flagging/providing solutions to critical issues, documentation, taking part in interviews and participating in the buddy system for new employees. They will also review all shots and ensure minimum quality levels before submitting to the Compositing or VFX Supervisor. In addition, the Lead will develop new processes and stay up to date on innovative technologies to keep the Compositing team on the cutting edge.


Communicate the creative brief and real-world references from the VFX Supervisor and Director to the Compositing team
Apply client notes to all comp shots with minimal guidance
Communicate successes and challenges faced by the team to the Compositing Supervisor
Take direction from the Compositing Supervisor to help realize the vision of the shots through the compositing team
Work with lighting team members to achieve high quality complex composites
Responsible for working with the Compositing Supervisor to assess, assign and monitor compositing needs
Design and develop procedural and innovative tool sets, pipelines and techniques for the Compositors
Ensure continuity is upheld across shots and sequences
Offer guidance and mentoring for junior to mid-level compositors
Complete compositing tasks include blue/green screen pulls, 3D projection environment in Nuke, balancing and sometimes creating shadow elements, color correction, wire & rig removal, roto, dust-busting, morphs, transitions, background replacement, day-for-night, dry-for-wet and a host of other 2D issues if time permits
Manage time and resources to meet weekly targets
Promote interdepartmental collaboration


5+ years’ experience in compositing digital VFX for film
Experience leading teams (6+ people) on large projects of 300 + shots
Experience with complex matte extractions and motion tracking
Understanding of photography, physics and lighting
Excellent attention to detail when finalizing, approving or quality controlling shots
Ability to balance quick turnaround while achieving a high degree of aesthetic quality


Technical skills

Understanding of Lead best practices
Ability to train and coach artists in compositing techniques and best practice
Senior experience in Nuke
Strong aptitude for technical workflow challenges such as directory structure, file formats, naming conventions, scripts, automation tools, automated dailies, etc.
Strong knowledge of compositing workflow and the compositing application interface

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 compositing to the next level
Strong leadership skills
Excellent time management and communication skills
Ability to remain calm during peak production periods and maintain the morale of the Compositing team.


E-mail your resume and a link to a reel and breakdown to The subject should read “Lead Compositor – your name”. Please include your availability.
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