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Senior Previs Animator

Job ID 10095083 Location Vancouver, Canada Business Industrial Light & Magic Date posted Jul. 10, 2024
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Job Summary:

Position Summary

This role is considered Hybrid, which means the employee will work 2-3 days onsite at a Company designated location and occasionally from home.

Industrial Light & Magic is looking for a Senior Previs Animator to join our outstanding team. Sr Previs Animators work closely with the Previs Supervisor and VFX Supervisor to craft and build shots and sequences ensuring the Director and Clients vision are met through dynamic camera movement, animation, composition, staging, lighting and editing.

We're looking for artists who love problem solving and get satisfaction from collaborating with other previs artists as one creative unit!

What You'll Do:

SHOT & SEQUENCE DESIGN: Deep understanding of shot flow and sequence design. Sensitivity to real world camera techniques.

ANIMATION: Proficient at keyframe animation of humans, creatures, vehicles. Experience with motion capture implementation and manipulation.

LOOK DEVELOPMENT: Capable of generating previs level effects. Basic understanding of lighting and shader techniques.

  • Comfortable receiving feedback and iterating at a fast pace
  • Troubleshoot assets and shots, continually looking for and suggesting improvements to increase overall efficiency and productivity
  • Maintains or exceeds consistent level of productivity while meeting targets and producing high quality work
  • Comfortable switching into a mentorship role when necessary and giving feedback to other previs artists
  • Capable of switching between quality levels of anim from rough blocking & staging to higher polish if and when necessary
  • Comfortable communicating and collaborating with other departments across ILM

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, computer visualization, or computer animation required
  • 5+ years of demonstrated ability in visual effects and/or feature animation film
  • Proficiency with Linux and Maya
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Experience in previs and or animation for live action film, television, or photo-realistic video game cinematics
  • Strong sense of composition, animation, camera movement and cinematic terminology
  • A reel demonstrating proficiency in photo-realistic shot design and animation. Reels should preferably exhibit raw previs instead of final film renders, so we can best assess your skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Unreal, Nuke, and Photoshop
  • Experience in modeling, rigging, texturing and lighting

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The hiring range for this position in Vancouver is C$108,400 to C$138,800 per year based on a 40-hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A full range of medical, financial, and/or other variable pay or benefits, may be offered dependent on the level and position offered.

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About Industrial Light & Magic:

Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 325 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50. ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ILM (Vancouver) Inc., which is part of a business we call Industrial Light & Magic.

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