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ToonBox Entertainment Recruiting Senior Digital Painter, Editor, Surfacing/Texture Artist, Story Artist & Modeler

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Senior Digital Painter

Description

Position: Senior Digital Painter
Reports to: Art Director / Director
Department: Art

Position Description and Responsibilities:

· To collaborate with the Director/Art Director to explore and develop colour design as required by production or the studio;
· To present the visual direction of colour and/or texture for characters, environments/sets, and props as a means to provide the roadmap for the surfacing and lighting/compositing teams during visual development, pre-production, and production while meeting the highest of quality, aesthetically and technically;
· To listen to the Director/Art Director’s verbal description/launch of sequences and shots and create interesting visual/colour ideas to capture both the activity and the emotion of the scene(s);
· To partner with Art Director (CG Supervisor and Technical Team, if required) to help ensure aesthetic goals are met in the most efficient manner;
· To revise, edit and modify work (such as colour palette(s) and/or the colour script) as indicated by the Art Director;
· To work collaboratively with other departments to support their needs as determined by the Art Director or Creative Director or Production Designer;
· To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to aspects of art and design and related revisions;
· To research and collate suitable reference material from various sources for asset and shot production;

To produce concept art, schematics, layouts, matte paintings as deemed necessary;
To provide creative input where appropriate;

· To work in adherence to budget and schedule constraints while maintaining the show’s overall look and mood via organizing and managing timelines to ensure colour design is cast, completed and submitted on time;
· To ensure file management and archiving of art work is maintained throughout the course of production;
. To troubleshoot creative and technical issues as they arise as requested by Art Director.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

· A strong understanding of design and the issues inherent in creating characters, sets, props, vehicles, lighting setups, and render styles for a 3D CGI feature length production, worthy of a theatrical release.
· Must have strong 3-D and 2-D character modeling, and creature design experience.
· Must have worked on at least 2-3 titles
· Must have extensive experience in multimedia content – film and television work an asset.
· Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and multitasking skills.
· Proven abilities in conceptualizing, organizing, and managing projects from concept to completion.
· Ability to create a positive, productive, and exciting work environment through his/her own ability to inspire others.
· Solid work ethic and positive attitude.
· Efficient and detail oriented.
· Strong problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively.
· Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely.
· Ability to deliver work on time and meet set performance objectives.

Apply here:- careers@toonboxent.com
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Editor

Description

Position: Editor
Reports to: Director/Producer
Department: Editorial

Position Description:

While collaborating closely with the Director and Producer and Lead Editor, the Editor helps to build the story reel through assembling the story board panels and voice track. The Editor plays an integral role in helping to shape the storytelling as it pertains to animation timing, pacing, staging and continuity and as the project evolves from storyboard panels through final picture. The Editor is also responsible for setting up and managing the technical file structure and workflow within editorial. This role also includes managing and training more junior editors

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

· Story telling skills and a deep understanding of the animation process in order to best guide and support shot/sequence translation to creative and optimal entertainment
· Extensive understanding of the needs of the Story, Previsualization, Animation, FX, Lighting and Compositing departments
· Following the Director’s guidance, builds the temporary sound track by using stock sound effects and adding in the music track
· Oversees and/or implements in latest versions of shots and prepares for dailies sessions. Assembles the reel for screenings as necessary
· Uploads and maintains latest cut of sequences for reference and/or review by Artists, Department Supervisors, Director and Producer
· Motivates and mentors the editorial team to consistently strive towards excellence
· Collaborates with the production management team to prioritize tasks pending production and post-production schedule
· Responsible for managing the workflow within the department and fulfilling all production requirements
· Creatively plus material in order to achieve optimal storytelling goals
· Oversees all film editing and post production requirements for editorial per the project’s schedule
· Sets and adheres to digital file management protocols
· Supports and integrates the values of ToonBox that being a commitment to innovation, creativity, professionalism and inspiration
· Interacts respectfully and professionally with colleagues, staff members and clients
· Additional duties as requested

Required Skills and Experience:

Feature Film Production

· Degree and/or diploma in film school or equivalent experience preferred
· 5-7+ years of experience working in a professional environment within their discipline
· Worked on at least 1-2 high-end, feature quality productions. Editor experience preferred
· Ability to think like a film makers and supplement the creative vision for the project through editing.
· Expert knowledge in using AVID is required
· Prior experience using Final Cut, After Effects, Photoshop, Assimilate Scratch and/or AVID DS is an asset
· Must be proficient with Windows 7 and Macintosh OSX
· Colour knowledge and the ability to read a scope for colour is an asset
· In-depth knowledge with production tracking system
· Vigilant in ensuring all shot changes are efficiently communicated
· Experience editing stereoscopic footage is preferred
· Ability to liaise with production staff, artists, the editorial team and clearly communicate production and post-production process, plans and set clear expectations
· Practices attentive and active listening. Shares information, methodologies and ideas with others
· Ability to collaborate and facilitate feedback requested by executives and/or clients as required
· Excellent leadership skills inspiring the team to work as a cohesive unit and eager to put forth their best
· Ability to predict potential problems and trouble shoot as necessary
· Open to and encourages feedback
· Adaptable to change and able to alter course of action quickly per production needs
· Highly motivated, pro-active, solution minded, solid work ethic and positive attitude
· Self-motivated and pro-active, consistently striving to expand knowledge base
· Outstanding organizational and time management skills. Ability to multi-task and delegate
· Thorough knowledge of the production and post-production processes
· Ability to deliver work on time and meet set production objectives
· Makes decisions in a timely manner. Accepts accountability for own actions
· Creatively solves problems, eliminates roadblocks and focuses on issue at hand

Apply here:- careers@toonboxent.com
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Surfacing/Texture Artist

Description

Position: Surfacing/Texture Artist
Reports to: Lead Surfacing/Texture Artist/Asset Supervisor
Department: Surfacing

Position Description:

· To help establish and/or create the look and feel of characters, props and environments during visual development, pre-production, and production with direction from the Lead Texture Artist, CG Supervisor, Art Director;
· To achieve texture files for production as well as other projects in development per established guidelines and timelines;
· To partner with Lead Texture Artist and Surfacing team (CG Supervisor and Technical Team, if required) to help ensure aesthetic goals are met in the most efficient manner;
· To revise, edit and modify work as indicated by the Lead Texture Artist and/or Art Director;
· To work collaboratively with other departments to support their needs as determined by the Team Lead, Art Director/CG Supervisor;
· To ensure that surfacing files, per aesthetic requirements and technical specs, are complete and ready for lighting;
· To ensure file management and archiving of art work is maintained throughout the course of production;
· To spot, flag, and communicate creative and technical issues as they arise via sharing knowledge with team members;
· To assist troubleshooting initiatives on creative and technical issues as they arise;
To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to the Surfacing Department (schedule, complexity of setups, etc.);
· To assist with character grooms/fur needs as required;
· To provide creative input where appropriate;
· To work collaboratively with other departments such as Technology, VFX, Lighting/Composite;
· To work in other asset/shot departments such as Modeling, Stereo, Lighting/Compositing, and assist with studio milestones and targets as considered appropriate via skill set and deemed necessary by production;
· To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to the Surfacing Department (schedule, complexity of setups, etc.).
· To work in adherence to budget and schedule constraints while maintaining the show’s overall look and mood via organizing and self-managing timelines to ensure texture/surface assignments are completed and submitted on time.

Required Skills and Experience:

· Minimum 5 years of high-end production experience; feature film experience an asset
· Strong painting skills and artistic eye for detail
· Detail oriented and the ability to understand the complexity of a 3D pipeline
· Familiarity with Renderman compliant rendering engines would be an asset
· Familiarity with polygonal model texturing using image maps
· Strong uving skills is a must
· Familiarity with construction of render man compliant shaders and utilities
· Experience with hair systems (yeti) would be an asset
· Ability to manipulate complex shaders would be an asset
· Strong Photoshop and 3D painting knowledge
· Experience with mudbox or zBrush
· Some experience with Mel /python scripting would be an asset
· Ability to take initiative and solve problems independently as well as within a team environment
· Track record as a team player

Apply here:- careers@toonboxent.com
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Story Artist

Description

Position: Story Artist
Reports to: Lead Story Artist
Department: Art

Position Description and Responsibilities:

· To collaborate with the Director/Lead Story Artist to explore and develop the visual story of any Toonbox projects.
To listen to the Director’s verbal description/launch of sequences and shots and realize character action /pacing/mood/cinematography in visual form.
To create new and interesting ideas to capture both the activity and the emotion of the scene.
· To present the visual direction of story sequences via contributing to sequence/board production.
To manage timelines to ensure all sequences are cast, completed and submitted on schedule.
To revise, edit and modify sketches as indicated by the Lead Story Artist.
To implement various computer programs to enhance the visual presentation of ideas for the scene or for effectively capturing the director’s ideas for shots/sequences.
· To streamline or eliminate unnecessary scenes and filming requirements from the production.
· To assist with visual exploration, research, and/or creation of design (character/environments/props) as required by the story during visual development/pre-production
· To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to aspects of art and design and related revisions which include, but are not limited, to stereoscopy;
To work in adherence to budget and schedule constraints while maintaining continuity within the story, cinematography, aesthetics, mood.

Required Skills:

· Good understanding of layout, composition, sequential drawing and editing.
· Ability to visualize perspective and 3-dimensional space.
· Work either independently or as part of a team.
· Take direction, and also be prepared to make changes to their work.
· Good drawing skills, and must be able to follow an established design style, if required.
· Good communication and presentation skills are essential.
· Depending on the project, basic computer literacy, and familiarity with relevant storyboard software may be required.

Qualifications:

· Strong portfolio of work.
· Beneficial in knowing Storyboard Pro and Photoshop or similar

Apply here:- careers@toonboxent.com
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Modeler

Description

Position: Modeler
Reports to: Lead Modeler/Asset Supervisor
Department: Modeling

Position Description:

· To create 3D assets, with primary focus shared between character/environment/set/prop modeling, during visual development, pre-production, and production of any Toonbox projects;
· To achieve models for feature film production as well as other projects in development per established guidelines and timelines;
· To help troubleshoot modeling issues as they arise over the course of production while partnering with the Lead Modeler, Asset Supervisor, Art Director, CG Supervisor, and Technical Team to help ensure aesthetic goals are met in the more efficient manner while technical specs are adhered to;
· To spot, report and communicate creative and technical issues as they arise via sharing knowledge with team members and team lead;
· To assist other team members within the Asset Department as needs arise;
· To maintain awareness of the broader show needs as they relate to the Modeling Department (schedule, complexity of setups, etc.);
· To assist other departments, such as Rigging/Lighting/Compositing, as deemed necessary for production by CG Supervisor and Asset Supervisor.

Required Skills and Experience:

· Proven experience of working on more complex set pieces/models using commercial application such as Maya, Mudbox, or Zbrush
· 3+ years of Modeling experience
· Experience with a sculpting application (zBrush/MudBox) a bonus

Apply here:- careers@toonboxent.com
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