Jobby: multiple positions, Rainmaker, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

rainmaker_logo-300x21721) Lighting Supervisor

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 films 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 whats 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 doesnt 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.

Apply at http://www.rainmaker.com

2) CG Supervisor

The CG Supervisor is responsible for the technical and aesthetic aspects of the film, and will liaise with the creative and technical support teams to ensure appropriate quality is attained within the budget and schedule.

Duties & Responsibilities

* Assess the technical content of the film script from premise to final draft.
* Ensure that the highest quality of film is being achieved within allotted budget and schedule.
* Supervise the technical team leads, providing clear direction and leadership.
* Advise and support the Director to ensure that the highest quality of animation is being achieved within the schedule.
* Work with the Director of Technology to ensure that the production is produced within the protocols and procedures of the studios production pipeline.
* Collaborate with production management to ensure the technical and creative team is meeting schedule and quota goals on a weekly basis.
* Communicate any concerns pro-actively to the Line Producer and or Director of Technology.
* Proactively communicate with all departments to ensure that everyone is aware of new tools, processes and procedures for the production.
* Facilitate technical aspects of animation production (Includes rigging, animation, lighting, FX).
* Technically interpret the directors 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.
* Responsible for developing a strong, flexible CG pipeline. This includes developing, maintaining (or approving) CG techniques.
* Provide additional technical support and training to production teams as needed.
* Interact with the IT staff with respect to operating, file, and network systems issues.
* Evaluate and recommend relevant external shaders/plugins/scripts.
* Interact with commercial vendors with respect to technical issues affecting proprietary tools, etc.
* Maintain contacts with academia/industry to keep current on new research and competitor developments.
* Read relevant journal/conference/technical articles.
* Acquire and maintain up-to-date knowledge in the relevant fields.

Core Competencies

* Directing others establishes clear directions and set 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 assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions, sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs a 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. Test new techniques and technology as necessary. Help leads and crew develop one-off techniques as necessary.
* Priority Setting Spends his/her time and the time of others on whats 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 doesnt stop at the first answer.

Qualifications

* Very strong technically with a thorough knowledge of Maya, Mental Ray, Nuke and Feature film production methodology.
* Must be able to work within the imposed budget and schedule constraints.
* Prior experience as CG 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 client.
* 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.
* Thorough knowledge of UNIX/Linux, procedural and object-oriented programming languages is an asset.

Apply at http://www.rainmaker.com

3) Designer

To help design the film’s remaining props, vehicles, set elements and character turnarounds taking into account styles, direction, and guidance established by the original Production Designer, the Art Director, VFX Supervisor and Director.

Duties & Responsibilities

* Create strong designs consistent with the show’s look and feel.
* Utilize previous design experience to design items/elements which hit the quality bar, and vision of the original production designer, and the goals of the production.
* Note feedback and revise designs as defined by the productions Art Director as necessary.
* Research visual reference material to inform designs.
* Liaise with the film’s modeling/surfacing department and modeling supervisor to realize designs for 3D creation.
* Stay up to date with Pre-Viz developments and the shaping of the shots/sequences, noting and discussing issues.
* Create 2D drawings and concepts required to demonstrate to modeling how to build 3D assets; props, vehicles, occasionally sets and character elements.
* Communicate regularly and proactively with the design team, modeling team, and FX team to ensure that designs are production-friendly
* Raise potential design issues with the Modeling, FX and Animation departments
* Meet or beat design deadlines
* Proactively update the Art Director/VFX Supervisor as the to status of tasks
* Review one’s own schedule and notify production of any tasks that may be missing or improperly specified.

Qualifications

* 5+ years in graphic design / set design
* BA/BFA Degree in Fine Arts or Commercial Arts Field an asset
* Must have strong 2-D set/location/background design experience
* Must have worked on at least 3 productions (feature preferred)
* A strong understanding of design and the issues inherent in creating compelling set designs for a 3D production
* 3-D design and modeling experience an asset.
* Must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills.
* Proven abilities in managing projects from concept to completion.

Apply at http://www.rainmaker.com

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