Animation - Madrid

Lighting Lead Artist

Madrid, Spain Animation - Madrid
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
The Lighting Lead assists the Lighting Supervisor on technical and creative approaches of an assigned sequence, creates the master lighting rig and deploys to team for production shots, partnering with a compositing artist.


  • Create the master lighting of a sequence, following the references from the Art department and under the artistic supervision of the Lighting Supervisor. Define the light rig and comp template, together with the Compositing team, that will be used by the team
  • Follow, together with the other Lighting Leads, the artistic strategy defined by the Lighting Supervisor, to make sure the entire project is visually unified
  • Work on key shots or production shots until its final delivery, if needed
  • Highlight cost implications of requests or artistic changes
  • Work with the Lighting Supervisor, CG Supervisor and the other Lighting Leads to make sure the technical procedures are optimal for the project
  • Attend the technical meetings and offer solutions to reduce the complexity of the sequence
  • Work closely with the other Lighting Leads and the Lighting and Compositing Supervisors on the definition and implementation of tools, workflows and pipeline for the department
  • Define, along with the Lighting, Compositing and CG Supervisors, optimization strategies to make sure the render of the sequence stays in budget
  • Work closely with other departments during the preproduction and production of the sequence to make sure all the inputs for the Lighting department are optimal
  • Manage a team of lighting and compositing artists, being responsible for all the shots of the sequence, on time and budget
  • Attend the Lighting Supervisor review providing feedback about of the shots of his sequences
  • Troubleshoot creative and technical issues as they arise and determine when shots are ready for review
  • Enforce the approved technical and artistic workflows for all shots of the sequence
  • Work closely with Lighting Supervisor and Lighting Production Sup on the shots and tasks assignment of the team
  • Along with the Lighting Supervisor attend the complexity meetings and elaborates the bid of the sequence
  • Help with recruiting and perform interviews
  • Mentor to lighting new hires in his team providing the necessary training
  • Work with the Lighting Supervisor for maintaining crew morale
  • Requirements

  • 6 years of experience in lighting and compositing
  • 4 years of experience in lighting and compositing for animation feature films
  • Previous experience managing teams
  • Advanced knowledge of Maya, Arnold and Nuke
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working with deadlines
  • Strong artistic eye and understanding of color, lighting and image analysis
  • Scripting and Python a plus
  • Experience working with procedural multishot worflows and sequence based lighting is a plus     
  • English: full professional proficiency
  • Spanish: full professional proficiency a plus 
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.

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