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Previs / Rough Layout Artist

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
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.
 
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Summary:
A Previsualization/Rough Layout Artist will establish cinematic language with camera, lighting, and character staging creating sequences of shots that convey the story through the application of traditional filmmaking principles in a 3D computer graphics environment.

Responsibilities

  • Establish character blocking, camera positioning and animate camera movement.
  • Create CG animatic interpretation of the story reel.
  • Ensure that the vision of the Director and Art Director are incorporated into the film where possible
  • Work with existing storyboards or sometimes without, recreate and/or enhance story through cinematic layout of shots.
  • May create rough pre-visualization models and environments to facilitate animatic work.
  • Collaborate with the Editorial department to incorporate materials and animatic work into the production reel.
  • Help guide the pre-visualization and layout work flow, assist with the creation of tools and pipeline development with input and testing.
  • Pre-visualize the look of the film – characters, locations, effects, look – in collaboration with the Art Department.
  • Pre-visualize and layout sequences of shots that convey the story based on storyboards, story reel and/or script pages.
  • Model, surface and rig pre-visualization and layout models, characters, environments, and effects.
  • Optimize assets and scenes for real time interactive playback.
  • Work in pre-visualization and layout on lighting, effects, rough character animation/blocking, camera motion, and rough editing.
  • Deliver shot data to Vendor/Partner that meet the need of production.
  • Communicate with Show Leadership and Vendor/Partner to find solutions that facilitate the production process.
  • Basic Qualifications

  • Expertise in camera language, cinematography, and visual storytelling
  • 3 years of computer graphics pre-visualization production experience
  • Expertise in programs such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience with editing software
  • Moderate to advanced modeling, surfacing and rigging skills
  • Desired Qualifications

  • Film background and/or film education
  • 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.