Added by on 2013-11-22

Nerd Corps Entertainment Recruiting Layout Artist

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Layout Artist – hiring ASAP

Category: Other
Company: Nerd Corps Entertainment
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description
Department: Design

About the position:

The Layout Artist is an energetic and enthusiastic artist with strong character design skills. They excel at creating original camera set-up and staging every scene through drawing, while at the same time meeting production deadlines. They are integral to the design team and are enthusiastic about developing their skills.

Responsibilities and duties:

Create original camera set-up and stage every scene through drawing
Study the script to determine appropriate staging for each show
Meet with the Environment Designer and Supervising Director to discuss staging requirements
Meet with the Storyboard Directors to finalize drawings
Finalize and clean up certain drawings for matte painting use
Complete work assigned within the scheduled timeframe
Work directly with Environment Designer and Storyboard Directors to develop the layout and revise layouts on the fly as required
Demonstrate strong visual interpretation skills and generate innovative and creative ideas that are production-friendly
Accept feedback on designs and execute on changes quickly
Participate in production-related meetings, offering thoughts and ideas
Stay up to date with shows by watching animatics
Maintain the show style with environments and keep designs working within the story specifications
Communicate effective and production-friendly solutions when the requests of the client or other department heads are not possible within production timelines
Keep work orders current and accurate in the Design and Modeling Approval System (DMAS) and notify production of any tasks that may be missing or improperly specified
Keep Design Coordinator in the loop on all activities and any issues that may arise
Keep files efficiently organized
Carry out all duties in a professional and positive manner

Qualifications and competencies:

2+ years in design
BA/BFA Degree in Fine Arts or Commercial Arts field an asset, but not required
Must have strong live action or animation visual storytelling ability
Must have strong skill in composition and editing
Must have strong skill in camera operation, field size and camera movement
Must have strong ability to break down a script into scene staging through drawing
Must have strong 2D design experience and be able to design a wide variety of landscapes, including architectural, organic/vegetation, and geological formations
Must have strong illustration, design and/or layout samples
Experience in multimedia content, film and television work
3D design and modeling experience an asset
Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills, and be able to communicate creative and technical ideas
Must be able to manage own schedule,
Have experience interfacing with other designers and directors
Strong problem solving skills
Thrive in a high pressure, deadline-oriented environment
Enjoy working with a team and have a proactive approach to work

About us:

Nerd Corps is one of the largest animation studios in Canada boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome. But we’re more than just an animation studio. We build stories, worlds, and experiences for kids that cut across platforms from television to online, games, toys, mobile—wherever kids are spending time. We handle all stages of our process in-house, including IP creation and development, animation production, finance, sales and distribution, licensing and consumer products, and interactive development. We’re a rarity in the industry, and are looking for the best talent to join our team!

We would like to convey our sincere thanks to all those who express interest in being a part of the Nerd Corps team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.

Please email your resume, portfolio/demo reel link and cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a great fit:
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