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Rainmaker Recruiting Layout Artist

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Layout Artist – New Direct to DVD Feature

Category: Other
Company: Rainmaker
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

The rumor is true… we have a new project in the studio! We can’t share the details right now, however, we’re thrilled to be working on this animated project for a major motion picture studio. We have a opportunities for Layout Artist’s on our new animated Direct – to – DVD feature. So if you’re up for the challenge and want to be a part of this project, then you should apply!


Creates3D animated story sequences by translating storyboards and verbal direction into animated scenes that reflect the emotional, action and/or comedic intent of the film.
Poses and stages rough character animation, to reflect each character’s individual style and the content of the scene.
Determines lenses and animates cameras using cinematography and composition skills, to reflect the film’s visual style and enhance the narrative.
As necessary, creates proxy sets, props, effects and characters.
Actively collaborates with co-workers, Leads and the Supervisor to solve creative and technical challenges.
Focuses on continuity from shot-to-shot in his/her assigned sequence, and collaborates with other Layout Artists to ensure continuity from sequence to sequence.
Collaborates with creative and technical staff, VFX Supervisor and/or CG Supervisor and/or stereoscopic supervisor to ensure animation feasibility within the confines of the schedule and budget.
Collaborates with Editorial to address timing, posing and compositional changes.
Actively engaged with Production Management, to effectively communicate with up and downstream departments, ensuring that data, assets and updates flow smoothly in the pipeline.
Interprets and implements notes and feedback from Director(s) and/or Layout Supervisor in a timely and qualitatively acceptable way.
Adheres to digital file management protocols.
Supports and integrates the values of Rainmaker, which include a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration.
Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients.
Additional duties as requested.



Degree and/or diploma in fine arts or animation or equivalent experience required.

DVD Production

2-3+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong storytelling, staging and timing skills. Ability to think in 3D.
Solid knowledge of cinematography, camera terminology, lensing and editing.
Live-action filmmaking and photography experience is preferred
Solid knowledge of composition, perspective, lighting and colour in relation to shot creation and storytelling.
Skilled in character animation, posing, constraints and path animation.
Proficiency in polygonal modeling and texturing in addition to preliminary lighting and effects.
Proficiency using Maya is required, and Rigging experience is an asset. Experience with Motion Builder, After Effects and Nuke is considered an asset.
Stereoscopic film making experience is an asset.
Open to and encourages creative feedback and new initiatives. Shares information and techniques with team members.
Solid work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work under pressure. Self-motivated and pro-active. Consistently strives to expand knowledge base.
Efficient and detail oriented.
Strong problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.
Strong verbal and presentation skills with the ability to communicate ideas clearly.
Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others. Incorporates feedback and direction received from the Director / Supervisor.
Makes decisions in a timely manner. Accepts accountability for own actions.
Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.

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