Added by on 2017-11-23

Method Studios Vancouver is looking for Layout Artists

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Job Title: Layout Artist
Department: Layout
Reports to: Layout Supervisor
Status: Non-Exempt
Classification: Contract
Work Location: 50 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 1B3 Canada
Salary Range: $54,080- $95,000 / Annum
NOC: 5241

The Layout TD creates full environments based on the instructions of the VFX and CG Supervisors using established studio tools and workflows outlined by the department Supervisor and Lead. The Layout TD will utilize tracking/matchmove data along with on-set materials and assets output from various departments to assemble and maintain shots for FX, Lighting, Animation, DMP and Compositing departments.

Duties & Responsibilities

Report to Layout Department Supervisor
Based on instructions from the VFX, CG supervisors and layout lead, assemble and maintain assets into project/sequence/shot based environments
Assemble tracking/matchmove data into approved environment locations using studio tools and workflows
Apply retime data to any animated assets that are maintained under the layout department tasks
Follow studio pipeline and workflow standards setup and maintained by the Layout department Lead and Supervisor
Create entirely CG camera animation based on previs and/or details from the VFX Supervisor
Include proof of scale in layout set up
Created custom geometry assets when requested for lighting, FX and compositing departments
Attend all applicable dailies to review tasks when requested
Inform the Layout Lead and Department Manager of any additional tasks or priority requests
Contribute animation, rotomation, modeling and Previz skills when needed
Process on-set data when required, including photogrammerty, Totalstation, Lidar data for use in tracking, modeling and lookdev
Create proxy props and other models based on supplied set data/Totalstation/Lidar scans or other available survey information
Based on project requirements and studio resources, travel to on-set locations for data collection may be required


Minimum 1-3+ years VFX layout experience on feature films required
Strong knowledge of Maya with skills in cameras, modeling, animation and rendering
Knowledge of Houdini, Nuke, Vray, Zbrush, Speedtree essential
Scripting abilities in python and MEL a plus
Understanding of tracking/matchmove concepts and software including 3DEqualizer, Pftrack or Boujou
Some comprehension of photographic composition, understanding of cameras and the effects of different lenses on perspectives
Some animation grounding (preferred CG feature film character animation)
Some on-set data collection experience is a plus

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Method Studios management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.

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