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Industrial Light & Magic Recruiting Matchmove/Layout Artist

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Matchmove/Layout Artist

Category: Matchmove
Company: Industrial Light & Magic
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Company: Industrial Light & Magic Vancouver

Layout/Matchmove artists collaborate with artists, supervisors and directors to pre-visualize sequences and concept art for animated features and live-action films.
Convert background plates to various formats to use with specific software to create digital motion files that match the plate photography. This includes animating any live action character or relative object in the scene.
Generate 2D compositing elements, while maintaining the accuracy of camera perspective.
Model the set geometry used to create the matchmove and environment for Animators and Technical Directors.
Light, render and composite files with the background to judge the move.
Originate entirely CG camera animation.
Work with the CG Supervisor and Project Manager when applicable to estimate project schedules in terms of matchmove staffing needs and make recommendations in the adjustments to the schedules as necessary.
Team acts as a central hub for all shot preparation to ensure continuity and camera accuracy in CG Elements.
Under the direction of the project Supervisors, the Matchmover will setup the technical and aesthetic approaches of the matchmove work for a shot, sequence, or even an entire aspect of a show.
Based on project size, and the nature of the work, the Matchmover may be asked to perform Lead Matchmove duties including, providing leadership, guidance and direction to the matchmove team.
Maintain an expert level of knowledge about current developments in matchmove tools for computer graphics, especially in areas that relate to the film industry.
No relocation will be offered for this position.


Bachelor’s in a related field preferred.
3+ years film or TV experience.
Proficiency in UNIX and expertise in Maya or equivalent 3D package required.
Experience with Python scripting, photography, character animation and compositing desired.
Ability to reproduce exact camera moves within a computer environment.
Understanding of photography and the effects of different lenses on perspectives.
Typically has experience as an artist, animator or camera operator.
Skills in modeling, animation, camera composition and cinematography.
Must have a willingness to learn new tools, proven ability to be detail-oriented and to work efficiently within a production environment.
Excellent problem solving skills including the ability to work under tight deadlines.
Good written and oral communication skills including strong interpersonal skills.
Demo reel required.

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