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Zoic Studios Recruiting Matte Painting Supervisor & Camera Animation Specialist

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Matte Painting Supervisor, Features, Vancouver, BC

Zoic Studios is an Award winning VFX company made up of accomplished artists and producers who understand story, process, and relationships. Partnership, integrity, and enthusiasm are our key founding principles. We have two studios located in Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada. Some of our recent credits include, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Gangster Squad, Lawless, Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Grey, Arrow, Fringe and Falling Skies.
“Visual Evolution” is our mission. We invest in constantly improving our technological and studio processes so that our artists can focus on being creative. We apply these principles to our work on some of the most VFX intensive film projects out there. We like a challenge. Do you?

Our Vancouver location is currently seeking a Matte Painting Supervisor for our Feature Department. This could be an excellent opportunity for someone with lead experience who wants to move in to a supervisory role.

Summary of Position

The ideal candidate will be part of the development of a matte painting team. This department will be responsible for the creation of 2d, 2.5d and 3d matte paintings for feature films and liaise with our Los Angeles based Supervisor/ Art Director. The Matte Painting Supervisor will manage 3D and 2D artists but also be a hands on-the-box matte painter and execute much of the work. The Senior Matte Painter will also create concept, layout, design the look, and create photorealistic environments to be used as set extensions, replacement pieces, or to enhance elements in live action plates. The Matte Painting Supervisor has a strong foundation in traditional and digital skills such as painting, drawing, photography, lighting, texturing, and compositing.


Create concepts and layout for client pitches in order to solidify a look and approach.
Liaise with the Los Angeles based supervisor and art director.
Responsible for the design and creation of the 2d, 2.5d, and 3d elements of an environment shot.
Combine photographic, paint, and 3d assets to create and design environments, artwork, sketches, and client look development. Assembling simple composites of this work.
Technically supervise a team in the painting and construction of an environment shot.
Work with the 2D Supervisor and 3D Supervisor to complete additional aspects of the work involving camera animation, image projection, layering, and lighting.
Provide and acquire photographic and other reference materials.
Knowledge and experience dealing with technical aspects of matte paintings including bit depth, color space, separating layers, different resolutions and aspect ratios.
Help identify and recruit additional team of matte painters.
Ambitions to be a Matte Painting Supervisor – Learn to mentor and develop up and coming artists on the team.


Experience (minimum 5 years) working as a photo real matte painter within film industry required.
Extensive use and knowledge of Photoshop.
Strong traditional portfolio of photography, painting, drawing, and sketching.
Strong knowledge of 3d animation programs such as Maya, 3dsMax, or Cinema 4d.
Strong knowledge of 2d compositing software such as Nuke or After Effects.
Good Knowledge of lighting, rendering and the compositing process.
Strong Artist Management skills and Team Leadership is a must.
Ability to work within a fast-paced team environment.
Positive attitude, hard worker, flexible schedule for deliveries.
Experience with Vue, Deep Paint, or City Engine is a plus.
Experience with Google Sketchup is a plus.
Experience with Mari also a plus.

Zoic is a Maya/VRay/Nuke studio.

*BC Residents preferred.

Please submit a resume and reel to:

Camera Animation Specialist 

About Zoic Studios

Zoic Studios is a multiple Emmy and VES award winning VFX company, comprised of accomplished artists, supervisors, and producers, who understand all aspects of visual effects and the creative story process.

We are currently looking for a previs animator who is highly adept with creative camera animation for our episodic division! We are currently looking for arists with immediate availability.

Summary of Position

The camera animator works closely with the creative director, creating original previs animation based on project storyboards


Skill in generating creative and engaging camera movements
A sense of drama, scale, and timing
A familiarity with creatively animating cameras for intense action filled sequences
Ability to take direction from the creative director
Ability to work in an extremely fast paced environment


3+ years experience working as a Previs animator for commercials, film, or episodics
Advanced knowledge of Maya animation and cameras
Highly creative and flexible
Must be comfortable taking direction
A strong reel demonstrating animated cameras for action sequences
Ability to work on-site in our Culver City studio

To Apply:-
Please apply via the following link, and include your availability in your cover letter. Thank you!
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