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jobby: Lead Lighters, Arc Productions, Toronto

arcHead2January 23, 2013

Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Lead Lighters to join our team. With over 250 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life in a wide array of formats: theatrical features, television, DVDs, shorts and game cinematics.


*         Lead assigned team in ensuring that all lighting deliverables are completed fully and in line with production schedule and Director’s overall vision

*         Support team members by providing artistic direction and assisting with technical difficulties

*         Assign work to team members based on individual specialties, and oversee individual progress and performance

*         Maintain production schedules for project and provide regular team progress updates for Assistant Production Manager

*         Monitor rendering efficiencies throughout layer setup and comp networks of key shots before they are released for propagation

*         Review and ensure sequence continuity for all lighting shots prior to review by Lighting Supervisor/Director/Clients

*         Light personally assigned quota of key shots and production shots based on creative direction from Lighting Supervisor and/or VFX Supervisor

*         Ensure that personally assigned shots are completed according to schedule, and communicate timeline and delivery schedule issues to the appropriate stakeholder(s)

*         Build layers and comp networks to be used for propagation

*         Attend lighting reviews for assigned sequences

*         Ensure resolution of technical issues

*         Troubleshoot and debug shot problems

*         Escalate technical issues as required

*         Work on look development for assigned project and plan out assigned sequences

*         Lead visual development work and testing if needed

*         Collaborate with members of other departments as necessary to ensure proper completion of shots and to ensure a smooth production

*         Ensure efficient organization of individual work/files

*         Assist Department Head by providing feedback for the annual performance review process

*         Remain current and up-to-date in lighting techniques through industry research and training

*         Depending on the project, may generate sequence breakdown and select key shots

*         Perform additional duties as required


*         5+ years of CG lighting experience in a Maya production environment, with proven knowledge of and skills in each (prior Lead experience an asset)

*         Feature Film experience required

*         Advanced working knowledge of Maya’s lighting techniques and a thorough knowledge of Mental Ray

*         Advanced knowledge of Fusion or similar node-based compositing package

*         Strong background in traditional art / photography with an excellent sense of light and colour theory

*         Superior creative and technical problem solving skills with the ability to check own work

*         Python and UNIX knowledge an asset

*         Strong leadership skills

*         Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with key stakeholders (i.e. other departments, production, clients, etc…)

*         General understanding of animation styles and techniques as well as an excellent comprehension of animation production for film and/or television

*         Great understanding of the animation production pipeline as a whole with an understanding of adjacent department workflows as well as how the Lighting Department interacts with the overall production process

*         Ability to learn quickly and comprehend custom in-house production tools

*         Demonstrated ability to work productively and willingness to take initiative in a team environment

*         Ability to prioritize tasks, meet tight deadlines, and perform to standard in a fast-paced environment

*         High level of independence and strong sense of reliability
Please apply at our website @

Thank you for your interest but only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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