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Digital Matte Lead

Digital Matte Lead

• Intermediate Level


The Digital Matte Lead will work in collaboration with the in-house Production Designer and VFX Supervisor, as well as with the overseas Lighting teams, to create a convincing backdrop for the characters to integrate with.

Category Animation  Art Department  Special Effects 
Location Greater Los Angeles Area
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Sep 27, 2021
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

The Digital Matte Lead will use their keen eye to subtly shift a painting into the correct mood and tone for a sequence. Our ideal candidate tends to be a generalist -- they can take the environments that are too big to handle in the regular pipeline and utilize their artistic and technical know-how to make every shot really shine!  They perform tasks related to integrating added imagery into shots, while preserving a unified sense of lighting, perspective, and color.

  • Creative and Technical:
  • Create the necessary look as designed by the Director(s), VFX Supervisor, and Production Designer(s) within budget parameters
  • Work with rendered CG elements, still photography and digital paint to create believable environments that are to be seamlessly integrated into the film
  • Using painting skills and animation software, create 2D and 3D paintings for digital environments
  • Works closely with the Visual Effects Supervisor to ensure that plates meet planned concept design requirements
  • Partner with Production Management and VFX Supervisor to ensure that requests from Directors are prioritized and provide solutions that can be accomplished within the production schedule
  • Provides photographic reference material
  • Work hand in hand with Lighting, Modeling, FX and Surfacing to find the most efficient techniques to finalize shots
  • Take Art direction well. Work collaboratively as part of a team taking direction from the Matte Painting Supervisor, CG Supervisor, and feedback from the Director as necessary
  • Troubleshoot creative and technical issues as they arise
  • Help to maintain the directory structure, naming conventions, and files
  • Appropriately elevate issues and solutions to Production Management effectively
  • Work closely with the Production to manage the Matte Painters, create the schedule and ensure quotas/deadlines are met for both shots and sequences
  • Work with the Production to cast shots/assignments
  • Help with recruiting and conduct interviews, as needed
  • Facilitate meetings with artists to keep the crew informed on show changes and requirements

● Strong conceptual understanding of composition, and an eye for light, shadow, and color

● Proficient and a strong understanding on the latest versions of software such as Nuke and Photoshop

● Familiarity with working with AOVs and different passes within an EXR file

● Adheres to deadlines

● Work comfortably in a variety of implementations; be it 2D backdrops, textured elements/fixes and complex 2.5D/3D projections

Desired Characteristics

● 4+ years of VFX/Animation industry experience

● 1+ years of experience leading artists

● Previous experience prioritizing and managing time efficiently for quick turnarounds

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit 40
Shift Day
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