Jobby: More openings at Rainmaker in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

rainmaker_logo-300x217Stereoscopic Supervisor (feature film)

Overall Accountability

The Stereoscopic Supervisor is responsible for the technical and aesthetic aspects of the stereoscopic rendering and viewing of the film. Working with the Director to ensure the aesthetic and story requirements are being addressed, the Stereoscopic Supervisor also ensures that the camera work is consistent from shot to shot, and the result is an enjoyable experience for the audience.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assign work to Artists and TDs according to their skill level, preference and production priority with a learning opportunity in mind.
  • Oversee the daily activities of Artists and TDs and monitor the signs of burnout of the crew.
  • Provide and manage training for new hires.
  • Review and approve all stereoscopic materials.
  • Ensure that the highest quality of film is being achieved within allotted budget and schedule.
  • Supervise the stereo team, providing clear direction and leadership.
  • Advise and support the Director to ensure that the highest quality of animation is being achieved within the schedule.
  • Technically interpret the Director’s vision to the team.
  • Hold regular production meetings.
  • Determine the most efficient way to expedite the production of the show.
  • Help determine and schedule resource requirements with representatives of Production, Technical and Software Departments.
  • Acquire and maintain up-to-date knowledge in the relevant fields.

Core Competencies

  • Directing others – establishes clear directions and sets objectives; distributes the workload appropriately, lays out work in a well-planned an organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with other on work and results, brings out the best in people; a clear communicator.
  • Managing and Measuring Work – clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions, sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loop into work.
  • Planning – Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals, breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problem and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.  Tests new techniques and technology as necessary.  Helps lead and develop “one-off” techniques as necessary
  • Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
  • Problem Solving – uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.

Qualifications

  • Experience in setting up cameras for stereoscopic rendering.
  • Excellent understanding of convergence and inter-axial distance, how they affect the audience’s experience and Director’s ability to tell the story.
  • Must be able to work within the imposed budget and schedule constraints.
  • Prior experience as Stereoscopic Supervisor, preferably in film (prior experience in a supervisory role – managing a big group).
  • Must be able to communicate creative and technical concerns and ideas to the Producers and the Director.
  • Demonstrated ability in making aesthetic judgement calls.
  • Degree in Fine Arts, Computer Science, or equivalent work experience.

Production Assistant (feature film)

Overall Accountability

Assists producers and production management by providing administrative assistance on production-related matters.  Liaises and works within the Rainmaker Facilities Department, with the Facility Manager and  partnered with the company-wide Production Assistants to ensure the project’s needs are scheduled and prioritized accordingly. Provides administrative and back up support to the production team including typing memos, documents and schedules, photocopying, computer data entry and filing.  Assists with preparation including arranging for craft service, running errands and setting up catering as needed for crew. Carries out crew equipment setups.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Run errands as requested by authorized individuals (i.e.) airport runs.
  • Costco, supplies type runs, etc.
  • Occasionally assist with personal needs for Producers/Directors
  • Move and set-up of computers, furniture, equipment as needed – work with the facility PA’s to address these needs
  • Check and restock supplies (paper at the photocopiers, milk for coffee, etc).
  • Deliver internal mail on an on-going basis (this includes both mail from post and mail from employee to employee within the facility).
  • Escort visitors through building (always be aware of and report unauthorized visitors).
  • Everyday inside facility tasks and assistance (photocopying, scanning, changing light bulbs, etc.)
  • Set-up and teardowns for meetings, demos, etc.
  • Maintain cleanliness of shared appliances (refrigerators, water dispensers, etc.)
  • Keep a complete record of petty cash expenses, report expenses regularly to maintain a healthy petty cash supply.
  • Weekly, report kilometres driven for runs.

Qualifications

  • Must own a car with valid class 5 driver’s license.
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting as required.
  • Good at multi-tasking and prioritizing.
  • Good organizational and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to take directions.
  • Must be proactive and able to anticipate the needs of the production and facility.
  • Industry knowledge and/or experience an asset.

Lighting Supervisor (feature film)

Overall Accountability

The Lighting Supervisor is responsible for leading a team of lighting artists to create direct and reflecting lighting and shadows that meet creative direction and has shared accountability for the management and deliverables of the lighting department. The incumbent will serve as the creative and technical lead in incorporating existing designs, new designs and creating lighting of graphic character objects, scene images and effects for designated sequences.

The incumbent is also responsible for the film’s style, lighting design, implementation and textural look of the movie. The incumbent will consult within the team of the Production Designer, Art Director, CG Supervisor, VFX Supervisor, Modeling Supervisor and Producers regarding implementing design ideas technically through software and methodology. He/she will oversee the lighting team ensuring consistency and quality through technical workflows. More directly, the Lighting Supervisor will report to and collaborate with the VFX Supervisor.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Regularly interacting with the Producer, Director, and Production Designer to understand desired look as it relates to lighting for the production.
  • Ensuring the rendering of assigned characters and sequences.
  • Delivering final shots to production and ensuring final technical check is complete.
  • Tracking lighting continuity within sequences.
  • Accountable for on-time, on-budget execution and delivery, as well as quality of required lighting for the sequence.
  • Translating specific operating plans into assignments and deliverables for the lighting team.
  • Participating in estimating resource requirements, budgets, schedules and performance standards.
  • Monitoring and adjusting daily assignments and priorities.
  • Ensuring that the lighting team has sufficient guidelines for art / technology and related tools to meet the plan.
  • Ensuring the training and mentoring of direct reports.
  • Conducting performance reviews and providing immediate performance feedback.
  • Creating and executing detailed work plans to attain creative / technical / business / productivity objectives.
  • Participating in establishing the production’s short-term objectives.
  • Collaborating across departments to resolve persistent technical or content-based problems.
  • Interacting with subordinates, peers and/or managers in other departments on issues of production plans and tactical procedures.

Core Competencies

  • Directing others – establishes clear directions and sets objectives; distributes the workload appropriately, lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results, brings out the best in people; a clear communicator.
  • Managing and measuring work – clearly assign responsibility for tasks and decisions, sets clear objectives and measures them; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loop into work.
  • Planning – Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals, breaks down work into steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problem and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
  • Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
  • Problem Solving – uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.

Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of Maya, and various render software. Expert knowledge of shaders and shader development.
  • Expert knowledge of Nuke (preferred) or Shake and compositing experience required.
  • Mental Ray and RenderMan experience in a production environment preferred
  • Expert knowledge of lighting rig setup and shot specific lighting tools within Maya, with experience setting up advanced lighting.
  • 7-10 years of experience with 2 or more years of lead / supervisory experience.
  • Prior experience of CG output to film required.
  • Knowledge of UNIX/Linux, procedural and object-oriented programming languages is an asset.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of colour theory and lighting techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability in making aesthetic judgement calls.
  • Degree in Fine Arts, computer science, or equivalent work experience.

About Rainmaker Entertainment

Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., one of the most successful and prolific producers of CG animation, is based in Vancouver, Canada and has over 200 employees. Originally established in 1993 as Mainframe Entertainment, Rainmaker has produced over 30 feature-length films based on top international brands such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Spider-Man, Casper, Popeye, Tony Hawk, Stuart Little and Inspector Gadget and more than 290 half-hours of CG animated television including “ReBoot,” “Transformers: Beast Wars,” “Action Man” and “Heavy Gear.” Rainmaker has produced projects for Sony, Mattel, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Electronic Arts and MTV. In addition to garnering many prestigious awards for their work, Rainmaker productions have generated more than $500 million in video sales. Rainmaker is developing a feature film based on their classic series “ReBoot.” Currently in production at Rainmaker: “Escape From Planet Earth,” the company’s first theatrical feature with The Weinstein Company; and recently completed productions include an animated sequel to “The Nutty Professor,” and new installments in Mattel’s Barbie and Max Steel franchises. www.rainmaker.com

To Apply:

Thank you in advance for your application! Due to the high volume of applications, we only contact those applicants who are short-listed for interviews.

If you are interested in this position, please apply via our corporate website: http://www.rainmaker.com

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