The Director of Cinematography - Layout is responsible for supervising and delivering all aspects of cinematography, from animatic through the final film output.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Feb 24, 2023
The Director of Cinematography - Layout will oversee a team of artists working together to capture the impression of the Director’s vision through the camera including environment asset creation. This is a regular, full time, staff position that will be located at our Vancouver, BC studio. Please note that relocation eligibility may be determined based on role and individual circumstance.
- Work with the Director, VFX Supervisor, and Director of Cinematography - Lighting to realize their vision to define and implement the Cinematography style and practices for the show.
- Supervise a Layout Team composed of layout artists in creating the world that is specified by the Director.
- Supervise the creation of the camera rig and lens packages to be used for the show.
- Maintain functional parity between Layout, Animation, and Lighting.
- Direct the continuing maintenance and streamlining of the Layout process.
- Develop and maintain portions of the environment bibles, specifically in relation to the technical implementation of pertinent characteristics.
- Work closely with the Animation Team to ensure the successful collaboration, handoff, and execution of environments and cameras.
- Partner with the Director of Cinematography – Lighting, following all shots from conception to completion.
- Partner with the Editor and editorial department to ensure that the Director’s cinematic vision is captured.
- Responsible for consumability and efficiency of deliverables into downstream departments.
- Drives department processes, bidding, and reviews.
- Determines resource needs and collaborates with studio, show, and department leadership in finding staffing solutions.
- Analyzes and determines cost implications of requests and strategizes on solutions in partnership with show leadership.
- Creates an inclusive and safe work environment by carefully managing sensitive information, making rooms feel open and comfortable, creating space for everyone to have a voice, and addressing bias when it occurs.
- Sets the creative and technical vision/expectations for the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for seeing that vision through to completion.
- In tight conjunction with the Production Management and AM, inspires and motivates the supervisors, leads, and department. Responsible for the tone and morale of the department.
- Contributes to the overall craft and leadership development of supervisors, leads, and department through setting expectations, delivering consistent constructive feedback, recognition, and accountability.
- Creates, models, and supports a collaborative work environment within the team and between departments on the show.
- Identifies solutions and compromises in partnership with other department leaders utilizing a holistic view to meet show vision.
- Provides regular updates to show leadership on the progress, health, and direction of the team.
- Keeps the team informed with context for show related changes and updates.
- Studio Culture- Actively fosters an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative environment so every employee can contribute at the highest levels.
- Technology, Tools, and Workflow- Engages in the creation and execution of technical standards, pipeline conventions, and workflows to support the department, show, and studio.
- Department Stewardship- Partners closely with peers and the Artist Manager to support an environment of creativity, trust, and innovation. Actively involved in assessment, casting, hiring, and overall growth of artists.
- Minimum 4 years of leadership experience that demonstrates a strong ability to lead and mentor others.
- Demonstrated history of problem solving and project management skills.
- Ability to quickly learn and adapt to WDAS standards, pipeline, tools, and workflows as they relate to discipline(s) you would be leading.
- Understanding of the disciplines/craft which you would be leading.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Art, Illustration, Cinema Studies, Computer Graphics, Engineering or equivalent experience.
- Experience as a Layout Supervisor, Sequence Supervisor, CG Supervisor, or similar role in CG Animation and/or Visual Effects production.
- Experience with camera rigs and mechanics and a strong understanding of lens effects.
- Experience in doing previs, providing a blueprint, prior to production crews starting.
- Strong understanding of the principles of cinematography and animation.
- Strong knowledge and technical understanding of digital pipeline issues.
- Strong knowledge of each of the following technical areas:
- 3D Modeling and Rigging
- 3D Texture painting and mapping techniques
- Animation principles
- The Unix/Linux environment
Skill in the following areas is desired:
- Traditional drawing, painting, design and/or sculpture
- Knowledge of anatomy, kinematics and physical behaviors