jobby: Apprentice Layout Artist, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

October 22, 2010

Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focuses on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars.

Summary of Position
Pixar Canada is offering an exciting 12 month Apprentice program is ideally intended to give recent graduates with a year or less work experience, valuable hands-on experience and exposure to our unique production environment. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from working professionals and work with a world-class organization and to be part of a diverse and talented team.

Responsibilities
The Layout Apprentice works with other crew members to:
Establish character blocking, camera composition and staging.
Technical set-up of shots for downstream production departments.
Post-animation such as camera polish.
Work closely with local leadership team in Vancouver as well as the Emeryville team via teleconferencing technologies.

Reel Qualifications
Reel should show examples of work on a CG animated film or television production that exhibits a strong emphasis on visual storytelling through the use of staging, composition and editing.
Reel should include entire sequences, not just single clips.
Short films may be included in their entirety.
Reel should show sequences in their layout form. Including the storyboard animatic as well as final film clips to show progression is recommended.
Relevant personal projects may be included.

Additional Qualifications
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Open to direction and able to embrace change.
Degree in Film, Animation or Fine Arts recommended, though not required.

Submission Process
If you are interested and qualified for this position, please submit a cover letter,
resume and a link pointing to your demo reel and reel breakdown/shotlist to
www.pixarcanada.com. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL DEMO REELS. If you don’t have a website to showcase your reel, you may be able to use a free service like Dropbox.

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